The Annual DCMGA Growing Through Gardening Expo is FREE this year. We are pleased to partner with Minnetrista to bring you a day of gardening fun!! Speakers, demos, make and takes, kids activity area, and exhibitor booths. 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.
8:45-9:45 Heirloom Tomatoes Karen Golden, Owner of Michigan Heirlooms and a Master Gardener and Certified Horticulturist
9:55-10:55 Gardening with Nature Dr. Helen Steussy, Physician and Gardener
11:00-noon, Edible Native Landscapes
Martha Ferguson, Owner of Riverview Nursery and an Advanced Master Gardener
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.
12:15-1:15 Seed Starting
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.
2:30-3:30 E-Flora, Digitizing 160,00 species of the IU Herbarium
Dr. Paul Rothrock, Botanist and Taxonomist; Associate Curator Emeritus and Associate Research Scientist Emeritus, Biology (Indiana University). The IU Herbarium recently finished a five-year project compiling more than 160,000 specimens from its preserved plant collection and is publishing it in a online datebase. 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.
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 small 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
All Day- Rain Barrel Jason Donati, Stormwater Educator
Sponsorship opportunities available. Contact Dottie at email@example.com
Sponsored by DCMGA, Minnetrista, The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County