2019 Growing Through Gardening Expo

The 2019 DCMGA Growing Through Gardening Expo is FREE and open to the public.  We are pleased to partner with Minnetrista to bring you a day of gardening fun!! Speakers, demos, make and takes,  kids activity area, exhibitor booths and 2 silent auctions  Goodie bags to the first 100, plus door prizes all day.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 from 8am-4pm at Minnetrista

Master gardeners will be available to answer your gardening and horticulture questions.

Speaker Presentations:

KAREN GOLDEN-Owner of Michigan Heirlooms,
Master Gardener and Certified Horticulturist

8:45-9:45 on Heirloom Tomatoes
12:15-1:15 on Seed Starting

Karen completed the Master Gardener Program in the early ‘90’s.
Eager for more knowledge, she earned a Certified Landscape Horticulturist degree from O.C.C., Auburn Hills, MI, shortly thereafter. In the early years, she worked as a landscape designer and consultant, which included installation and maintenance. Her forte became pond maintenance, working on natural and lined ponds from 150 gallons to 1.1 million gallons.
In 1999, Karen decided to shift back to her true love – growing. Michigan Heirlooms.com was born. Today, she sells over 18,000 organic vegetable starter plants a year to local customers. In 2015, she saw her dream come to fruition and held the first annual TomatoFest, an event that celebrates a passion for growing, nurturing and enjoying the flavors of heirloom tomatoes, peppers and everything associated with the garden. She is a steward of the land, the soil and the seed.

Dr. Helen Steussy- Physician and gardener,                                                            9:55-10:55 Gardening with Nature

Helen is more an ecologist than a gardener. And you have to have a big vision when your “garden” is 33 acres. Twenty years ago Helen and her husband, Tom, accidentally bought a 12 acre farm. She was told to plant trees to give them privacy from nearby neighbors. It was out on that hillside, hands in the dirt, birds singing overhead, that Helen fell in love….with nature.
She immediately dove into gardening for wildlife and made every mistake possible – including planting pear trees. At the time they bought “The Land”, Helen didn’t know an oak from a maple. But, a physician by training, Helen always loved a sharp learning curve. As she planted more trees (over 3,000 by today’s count) and they bought more land, and they replaced farm fields with the amazing tall grass prairie, Helen was rewarded by seeing nature fill the landscape and her heart. As she holds a Monarch caterpillar in her hand or the blue egg-filled nest of a bluebird, Helen knows she has found her calling. And she is glad to share the joy and the passion with anyone willing to listen.

Martha Ferguson, Owner of Riverview Nursery and a Master Gardener

Martha Bishop Ferguson, the owner of Riverview Native Nursery in Spencerville, IN, has grown native plants for almost 30 years, first for her own pleasure, then in a public garden and now to provide native plants for others. She is a Master Naturalist and an advanced Master Gardener. She is on the Executive Committee and co-chairs the Program Committee of the Northeast Chapter of Indiana Native Plant Society. Martha also consults with homeowners for Fort Wayne’s rain garden program.

Martha will be presenting
11:00-noon Edible Native Landscape
There are many edible native plants that will bring beauty and bounty to your garden. For each plant, learn how to use it in the landscape and then learn how to use it in the kitchen.

1:20-2:20 Gardening in Harmony with Nature An exploration of how native plants can add another dimension of enjoyment to your garden and landscape by attracting the pollinators, butterflies and birds that co-evolved with these plants. Then we will delve into design techniques so your native garden looks beautiful and not wild and weedy.

Dr. Paul Rothrock, Botanist and Plant Taxonomist
Dr. Rothrock has been recognized as one of North America’s and especially Indiana’s most prominent plant taxonomists and botanists with his research contributions spanning three decades.
Among his research interests has been development of a widely used Floristic Quality Assessment methodology for Indiana. The protocol uses plants to rank natural areas and to monitor habitat change over time.
Dr. Rothrock was part of The IU Herbarium five-year project compiling more than 160,000 specimens from its preserved plant collection and is publishing it in a online database. For each plant in the catalog, people can find its classification and location, a high-resolution photo and information about how the sample was collected. The searchable database is a useful tool for both botanists and nonbotanists.

Dr. Rothrock will be speaking at
2:30-3:30 Flora of Indiana, Past and Present
Talk about how we can become better gardeners by knowing how to obtain information about Indiana’s plants. The plants he documented haven’t changed, but the way we learn about them has.


Kids Activity Corner-learn about Indiana Pollinators, go on a scavenger hunt, put on wings in the photo booth, make milkweed seed bombs.

Make and Takes- for a $5 fee make a burlap flower craft or build a bird house


10 am and 2pm -Drone demo                                                                                   Mark Carter from Purdue Extension

9:30am and 2:30- Succulent Demo                                                                         Barb Medler, Cabin Creek Herbs and a Master Gardener

9am and 1pm Minnetrista Guided Garden Tours

All Day- Rain Barrel                                                                                                  Jason Donati, Stormwater Educator

All Day- Herbs and their Uses                                                                                       Lisa Brown and Deanna Hines, Master Gardeners

Exhibitors include: Conservation Tales, Purdue Extension, Delaware County Soil and Water, Minnetrista, Urban Garden Coalition, Muncie Sanitary District and Stormwater Management.

Sponsored by DCMGA, Minnetrista, The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, and the Urban Garden Coalition

2019 Garden Walk
Farmers Market Booth