Let’s think green: Master Gardeners’ next Brown Bag session is Feb. 21

There’s nothing like sweet anticipation to get us through a lousy winter. The LaPorte County Master Gardeners will provide that when they launch their annual Brown Bag sessions starting Jan. 17.

The public is invited to come and enjoy learning a little about gardening during the four sessions (two lunchtime and two evening), which will cover topics such as planning your garden, different kinds of trees, vegetable gardening, and beekeeping. Come to one, a few or all. The fee is $5 for each session, which includes informational handouts, or $15 for all four sessions. No need to pre-register; just show up. And bring a sandwich or snack if you want.

Here’s the schedule:

— Wednesday, Jan. 17, noon to 1 p.m., Michigan City Public Library: Master Gardeners will help you realize your thoughts and dreams for greater success in the warm earth of Spring.

— Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6:30–7:30 p.m., LaPorte County Public Library Meeting Room: “Trees — What You May Not Know.”

— Wednesday, March 14, noon to 1 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, “A Vegetable Garden: One Man’s Journey.”

— Wednesday, April 18, 6:30–7:30 p.m., LaPorte County Extension Office, 2857 W. Ind. 2, LaPorte: “Importance of Bees for Gardens.”

The LaPorte County Master Gardener Association is one of the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service programs and helps fulfill the state motto of “Helping Others Grow” by training volunteers to promote good gardening and horticultural practices. The association accomplishes this through its volunteers conducting educational activities and projects in the community throughout the year.

According to a recent National Gardening Association report, 42 million households in the U.S. (35%) grew their own food in a garden. That’s an increase of 17% over the past five years, with most of that growth coming from younger households.

For more information, call Purdue Extension–LaPorte County at 219-324-9407. Download a flyer at www.extension.purdue.edu/laporte (click on the “Garden” heading at the top of the page) or at http://www.lpmastergardener.com.

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