Porter County Master Gardeners

Porter County Master Gardeners www.pcgarden.info Everyone is welcome to our page! We love gardening! To become a member of the Porter County Master Gardeners, you must have completed the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program.
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These programs are offered throughout Indiana. Please contact your nearest Indiana Purdue Extension Service for more information, or contact us at [email protected].

These programs are offered throughout Indiana. Please contact your nearest Indiana Purdue Extension Service for more information, or contact us at [email protected].

Mission: Helping others grow

We are always looking for resources with great gardening info. Feel free to share your favorites! Here's one from Purdue...
11/09/2020
Purdue Extension Online Resources for Gardeners

We are always looking for resources with great gardening info. Feel free to share your favorites! Here's one from Purdue Extension that has a plethora of trusted and updated information! You might want to bookmark this one! Thanks, Purdue Horticulture Extension https://www.purdue.edu/hla/sites/yardandgarden/gardenersresources/

Looking for opportunities to learn from home? The following online resources cover a wide range of information for gardening and taking care of your yard. General Yard & Garden Purdue Extension Indiana Yard & Garden Website Purdue Yard & Garden News Purdue In The Grow Question &

"Growth Mindset" is the theme of this issue of Garden Thyme. We've looked at the winners and losers in our 2020 gardens ...
11/03/2020

"Growth Mindset" is the theme of this issue of Garden Thyme. We've looked at the winners and losers in our 2020 gardens to learn how to improve in 2021.https://www.pcgarden.info/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Vol-6-Issue-6-Garden-Thyme-Newsletter-November-2020.pdf

We have officially announced the postponement of the 17th Annual Gardening Show to January 22, 2022. Here is the link to...
10/09/2020
17th Annual Gardening Show Postponed

We have officially announced the postponement of the 17th Annual Gardening Show to January 22, 2022. Here is the link to our announcement: https://conta.cc/3nCpmnQ So, fellow gardening friends, please stay tuned, because LOTS more info will be coming as we get ready for this amazing show...

New Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022 17th Annual Gardening Show Postponed Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Annual Gardening Show will be postponed until January, 2022. After examining many option

Yes, we postponed the show until 2022! We hated to do it, but we just don't know how to have nearly 3000 people gatherin...
10/09/2020

Yes, we postponed the show until 2022! We hated to do it, but we just don't know how to have nearly 3000 people gathering inside a building by this coming January. So! Save the date for January 22, 2022! With all those two's, it has to be a great day! Details on our website here: https://www.pcgarden.info/gardening-show-2022/

Please enjoy the September issue of Garden Thyme! You'll want to try those delicious-looking blueberry scones for sure! ...
09/02/2020

Please enjoy the September issue of Garden Thyme! You'll want to try those delicious-looking blueberry scones for sure!https://www.pcgarden.info/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Vol-6-Issue-5-Garden-Thyme-September-2020.pdf

There are a few reports of Hoosiers receiving a package of seeds from China. If you or somone you know has received thes...
07/28/2020
Mystery Seeds From China Showing Up on Indiana Doorsteps

There are a few reports of Hoosiers receiving a package of seeds from China. If you or somone you know has received these, please seek more information, but do NOT plant them or throw them away where they could grow in a landfill. https://www.hoosieragtoday.com/mystery-seeds-from-china-showing-up-on-indiana-doorsteps/

Mystery seeds from China have been showing up at people’s homes in Utah, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Now, they’re showing up in Indiana as well. The Indi

Well, look what made its debut on what would have been the first day of the Porter County Fair Horticulture-Flower Show:...
07/23/2020

Well, look what made its debut on what would have been the first day of the Porter County Fair Horticulture-Flower Show: ‘Holy Grail’ Hibiscus. And more blooms to come!! Shout out to the LaVelles. Looking for others’ posts of their entries.

Feeling bummed. Tomorrow would have begun the Horticulture-Flower Show at the Porter County Fair—cancelled because of CO...
07/22/2020

Feeling bummed. Tomorrow would have begun the Horticulture-Flower Show at the Porter County Fair—cancelled because of COVID-19. Instead, let’s have a virtual show. We invite you to share your entries here for all to enjoy. Can’t wait to see them. Here are a few potential entries from me.

Senior Life's July edition features PCMGA gardener Suzanna Tudor! Read it on our website here:  https://www.pcgarden.inf...
07/13/2020

Senior Life's July edition features PCMGA gardener Suzanna Tudor! Read it on our website here: https://www.pcgarden.info/sl-article/ or read the entire issue (this article is on page 4) here:http://seniorlifenewspapers.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/SW-07-06-20-LINKED.pdf

Good morning. And thank you Maureen Phillips, Nancy Rosene, and all the others who helped create the Garden Walk video—a...
07/02/2020

Good morning. And thank you Maureen Phillips, Nancy Rosene, and all the others who helped create the Garden Walk video—a labor of love. We miss our Garden Walk; the video helped fill the void. If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t miss out; it’s awesome.

In my own garden walk this morning, I noticed the many volunteer snapdragons. I let most grow. So pretty, and growing here-there, in cracks and crevices, a culmination of a decade of plantings and cross pollination maybe. Some survive our winters and put on an early show. Enjoy with me.

07/01/2020

The newest issue of Garden Thyme is now on our website, www.pcgarden.info. Enjoy!

06/28/2020
PCMGA Garden Walk Panorama

Today would have been Garden Walk day under different circumstances. Even though it wasn't possible to have it this year, here's the video that we put together of past Garden Walks just in case you're looking for a little Garden Eye Candy!

A Panorama of Past PCMGA Garden Walks

We love to see what's blooming in your garden! Share a picture with us so we can all enjoy it!
06/26/2020

We love to see what's blooming in your garden! Share a picture with us so we can all enjoy it!

Can’t believe it but hoping for rain tomorrow. Soil is so dry it’s cracking. However, nature prevails. Roses are bloomin...
06/09/2020

Can’t believe it but hoping for rain tomorrow. Soil is so dry it’s cracking. However, nature prevails. Roses are blooming. Honeysuckle has to be brought in for its amazing fragrance. What’s your garden doing?

Loving the iris color parade. And oooh la la the peonies, columbines, heucherella, and amazing Lady Slippers. What’s mak...
05/28/2020

Loving the iris color parade. And oooh la la the peonies, columbines, heucherella, and amazing Lady Slippers. What’s making a splash of color in your garden? Please share your virtual garden walk with us.

Coffee Creek Farmers Market is open today (Wednesday) from 3-7 PM. Also free seeds from PCMGA (while supplies last!).  B...
05/27/2020

Coffee Creek Farmers Market is open today (Wednesday) from 3-7 PM. Also free seeds from PCMGA (while supplies last!). Be safe, be well!!! Please read below for safety procedures.

Today Is The Day!

A spring afternoon awaits us at the Coffee Creek Watershed!

Come see your favorite vendors: Native Roots Farm, The Rolling Stonebaker, Anna’s Kombucha Cafe, We’re Growing Crazy/H & H Flowers, House of Rufus, Laird Farm, Rensselaer, Indiana, Fairstream Farms, Bao's Pastry and Lanes End Farm for vegetables, plants, herbs, bread, meats, soaps, kombucha, pizza, sweets, and more!

Also, the Market Tent will be giving away free seeds from the Porter County Master Gardeners!
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Remember!
Market Safety Procedures:

-Market Limited to 50 Customers at One Time
-Customers Must Maintain 6 Feet of Distance
-Vendors Must Check Out One Customer at a Time
-Hand Sanitizer is Located at the Market Tent for All to Use
-Customers are NOT Allowed To Touch Products.
-Follow Markers on Pavement to Shop with Each Vendor
-Vendors/ Customers Displaying COVID-19 Symptoms will Be Asked To Leave
-Masks are encouraged.
-Be Nice. Be Respectful. Be Appreciative.

We've had Janet Macunovich speak several times at PCMGA events, and she is widely acclaimed as an amazing gardening spea...
05/20/2020

We've had Janet Macunovich speak several times at PCMGA events, and she is widely acclaimed as an amazing gardening speaker, with a real passion for looking at the roots! Here's a terrific opportunity with LaPorte County Master Gardeners and Janet via Zoom on June 4! Click for the details! https://www.pcgarden.info/macunovich-zoom-june-4/

How’s your garden growing? Tree peony is in bloom; baby zinnias are up; mulch is pink under the redbud; iris ready to po...
05/20/2020

How’s your garden growing? Tree peony is in bloom; baby zinnias are up; mulch is pink under the redbud; iris ready to pop.

Our annual Garden Walk has been rescheduled for next year on June 26, 2021. We will miss not having this incredible even...
05/16/2020

Our annual Garden Walk has been rescheduled for next year on June 26, 2021. We will miss not having this incredible event in 2020, for sure. Read our latest email here: https://conta.cc/3bCfcvS

05/08/2020

Freeze warning tonight!! The weather forecast predicts below freezing temperatures this evening. Flowers, hanging baskets, and tender perennials will suffer damage or die if they are left outside.

Bring your flowers into the garage or house to protect them.

If they are planted in the ground already, a blanket to cover over them may help. But they may still suffer damage or die.

We'd love to hear from you and see what's happening in YOUR garden! Post a picture in the comments or on our page!
05/06/2020

We'd love to hear from you and see what's happening in YOUR garden! Post a picture in the comments or on our page!

The latest issue of Garden Thyme is here! Hummingbirds, tomato talk, how master gardeners are battling the quarantine, m...
05/02/2020

The latest issue of Garden Thyme is here! Hummingbirds, tomato talk, how master gardeners are battling the quarantine, much more! https://www.pcgarden.info/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Vol-6-Issue-3-Garden-Thyme-May-2020.pdf

Map of 2020 hummingbird migration and sightings in the US and Canada!
05/02/2020
2020 Hummingbird Migration Map

Map of 2020 hummingbird migration and sightings in the US and Canada!

Map of 2020 hummingbird migration and sightings in the United States and Canada.

Porter County Compost Sites will reopen starting Monday, May 4. Please read the details before going! Sites are availabl...
04/30/2020
Compost Sites - Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction

Porter County Compost Sites will reopen starting Monday, May 4. Please read the details before going! Sites are available to Porter County residents for getting mulch, compost and firewood and also for dropping off yard waste. https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/compost-sites/

In 2018, compost site visits totaled 24,949. Operating costs totaled $198,247 and includes staff and also material management of non-public sites: Chesterton, Portage (non-public in 2018) & Town of Pines.

A friend sent this picture of her Rose of Sharon branch, questioning what was on it. Good news. It’s lichen and harmless...
04/25/2020

A friend sent this picture of her Rose of Sharon branch, questioning what was on it. Good news. It’s lichen and harmless.

I can totally relate to this sign. Like these tulips purchased from a granddaughter’s school fundraiser over 10 years ag...
04/25/2020

I can totally relate to this sign. Like these tulips purchased from a granddaughter’s school fundraiser over 10 years ago. Or this gift of Annabelle hydrangeas from my sister or the Autumn sedum and Better Boy tomato plant from fellow master gardeners. Everything comes with memories attached. How about you?

Here's an opportunity to watch a free online premier documentary of the Gardens of Piet Oudolf Digital Premier: The Gard...
04/24/2020

Here's an opportunity to watch a free online premier documentary of the Gardens of Piet Oudolf

Digital Premier: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf
Watch exclusively this weekend only, Friday 24 April – Sunday 26 April 2020

The documentary film focuses on the work of landscape and garden designer Piet Oudolf and his work on gardens including New York’s High Line, the Lurie Gardens in Chicago’s Millennium Park and Hauser and Wirth’s own garden in Bruton, Somerset.

https://www.hauserwirth.com/stories/28405-five-seasons-gardens-piet-oudolf

Did you know? Lilies are Poisonous to Cats! Lilies are lovely, but cat owners need to beware of their potential deadline...
04/06/2020

Did you know? Lilies are Poisonous to Cats! Lilies are lovely, but cat owners need to beware of their potential deadliness should their feline companions eat parts of the plant. Which lily plants are dangerous? “True” lilies (Lilium species) and “daylilies” (Hemerocallis species). Which parts of lily plants are dangerous? The entire lily plant is toxic to cats: the stem, leaves, flowers, pollen, and even the water in a vase! A small portion of a leaf or flower, licking pollen grains off its fur while grooming, or even drinking the water from the vase can potentially cause fatal kidney failure in your cat within a few days. The poison only affects cats. Dogs eating lilies may have minor GI irritation but they don’t develop kidney failure. https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/animal-health-literacy/lovely-lilies-and-curious-cats-dangerous-combination

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The Porter County Master Gardeners Association (PCMGA) is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation promoting the art, science, education and pleasure of gardening in cooperation with, and under the auspices of, Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service in and around Porter County, Indiana.

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Here’s a couple lilies (day and oriental)😂 These would have shown today😢 So disappointing
I was at your fabulous show !! I’m looking to see if anybody has info on Perry’s Elephant Ears. I tried to email , no luck . If someone has number that you can share that would be fantastic! Thanks!!!!!!
I had a fabulous day at the show!! Great job.☺️
I have a friend asking What Is ?This Any Ideas?
If anyone has bleeding heart plants that they would like to trade, hit me up.
If anyone in the Porter county area has been working with Mason Bees I'd love to hear from them. I want to learn from them and possibly get some bee cocoons for this coming spring. Thanks, df
Can anyone use a very sweet, baby American Beech? About 16" tall. From Woody Warehouse Nursery, Lizton, In. Free to a good home. I will deliver in Porter County.
Is there some sort of fungus in Porter County that is killing trees, in particular smaller trees? I have two trees that are dying and I have begun to notice other trees on west end of Porter County that look like they are dying as well. Mine is non fruit bearing plum and rose of sharon. I also have long needled pine tree that is dying too. Help?????
https://extension.purdue.edu/porter/Pages/article.aspx?intItemID=13221 Fall 2017 Master Gardener Course runs September 5th through December 19, 2017. It will be held at the Porter County Administration Center, Room 102A from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM.