Porter County Master Gardeners put on a Great Gardening Show!

Ask a MG Information Booth and Photo Contest during the Porter County Gardening Show on January 23, 2016.

Porter County Master Gardeners are striving to “Help Others Grow,” and leave a great gardening legacy in Porter County! Their Annual Gardening Show celebrated its 13th anniversary on January 23, 2016! They set another record this year with a total paid attendance of 1720 people! In fact, after you include volunteers, vendors, and special guests, their total attendance exceeded 2,000 people!

Here is what gardeners say about this great Master Gardener event!

Educational Session during the Porter County Gardening Show on January 23, 2016.

“Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night” keeps them from the Annual Gardening Show at the Porter County Expo Center. The two Downers Grove, Illinois, women attend the show every year – except the one year they tried to make it in a snowstorm and ended up in a five-car accident. “Roberta Muehlhaus and Linda Walker, who describe themselves as ‘avid’ gardeners, raved about the show, citing the number of vendors, the variety of seeds and bulbs in the exchange, the free parking, the ‘unprecedented quality’ of the workshop presenters, and the value of the $10 admission price. They usually stock up on homemade soaps, iron yard art, and other crafts each time they attend. “We just love this show because there’s nothing like it anywhere … it is so worth the drive,” Walker said. “We live for this date. It really gets us jump-started for the gardening season.”

From Northwest Indiana/The Times – www.nwi.com
Pictured from left to right: Fred Whitford, Purdue Pesticides Program, Rosie Lerner, Consumer Horticultural Specialist, and John Orick, Purdue MG State Coordinator

This gardening show is a fun, educational, and engaging way to spend a Saturday during an Indiana winter! Plan to join Porter County Master Gardeners next year for their 14th Annual Gardening Show, January 28, 2017 at the Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso, IN!

For more information about Porter County Master Gardener events, visit http://www.pcgarden.info/ .

Thank you Lyndsay Ploehn, Purdue Extension Educator and the many hard working Porter County Master Gardener volunteers for a job well done!

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