Garden Programs at National Lakeshore's Chellberg Farm

INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Celebrate spring and the return of the growing season on Saturday, May 17, at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic Chellberg Farm. Two programs will be offered in the farm’s garden that can help you learn about maintaining your own organic home garden.

From 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., join a ranger and help get the Chellberg Farm’s garden off to a good start this season. This Stewardship Day program will help you get some hands-on experience with everything from pulling weeds to planting heirloom variety seeds. Wear comfortable work clothes. Work gloves and other equipment will be provided.

If you’re looking for something less strenuous, stop by the garden between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and enjoy Garden Days at Chellberg Farm. Learn all about organic gardening, heirloom seeds, and other aspects of maintaining your own environmentally-friendly garden while you tour the family garden and grounds of the historic Chellberg Farm.

For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, visit the park website at or contact our information desk at 219-395-1882.

Waterscape Weekend Garden Pond Expo April 26-27

Crown Point, Ind. – Wind twirlers, stone bird houses, hot tubs, outdoor fireplaces and yard art are just a few of the many exhibits that guests will encounter at the 13th Annual Waterscape Weekend Garden Pond Expo, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26-27, in the Industrial Arts Building at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St.

Sponsored by the Illiana Garden Pond Society, the Expo is an event set to inspire visitors to take backyards and landscaping to the next level and mesmerize others with incredible display showcased by water features, lighting and garden experts.

Vendors will also sell fish, equipment for the water gardeners, plants including aquatics, glass art décor, gourd décor, lighting and irrigation options, and anything related to gardens and outdoor living enhancements.

In addition to vendors, visitors can connect with many local not-for-profit organizations that will be exhibiting, including garden clubs that will be advertising their upcoming garden walks and rescue groups that will hold fundraisers.

 Lake County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions. Educational seminars and workshops will be available.

 Adult admission to the Expo is $5, and free for children under 15 years of age. Parking is free. More information is available at the club’s website,, or contact Expo Chair Kathy Bartley at 219-789-6207.


Valpo, Boone Grove Compost Sites to Open March 31

Porter County – The Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, and the Boone Grove site, 400 West 550 South, will open for the season March 31, to give Porter County residents a location to drop off and recycle yard waste from their spring yard cleanups.

Regular hours for the Valparaiso compost site will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Currently, the Valparaiso compost site is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through March 29.

Regular hours for the Boone Grove site will be from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Currently the site is closed.

Materials accepted at either site include organic yard waste, leaves, garden clippings, household plants, brush, limbs, logs and firewood. Treated wood or lumber is not accepted at either site. Grass is not accepted at the Valparaiso site. Compost and mulch will be available at both locations for residents to take, while supplies last.

Other materials accepted at the compost sites for proper disposal include old or unusable electronics (anything with an electrical cord or powered by batteries); cell phones; compact and tube fluorescent light bulbs; household batteries; toner cartridges; and old media, such as cassette and VCR tapes, CDs, etc.

The sites may close due to inclement weather.

These large scale municipal composting operations allow the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County and select municipalities to manage organic material, composting yard waste and grinding organic wood waste to create large amounts of finished compost and mulch. The resulting compost and mulch are also available for public use.

The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County is an agency dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life for Porter County residents by providing convenient, voluntary waste reduction services.

For more information about public compost sites in Porter County, visit the District’s website,, or call 465-3694


Time to Order Trees for Spring

It's time to pre-order quality trees from the Porter County Extension Board, while supplies last. Apple, Apricot, Plum, Peach, Nectarine, Cherry and Pear are priced from $12-$18. The Tree Sale and Workshop will be held at the Porter County Fairgrounds from 8:00am to 11:00am on Saturday, April 5, 2012.

Fruit trees lend themselves to ornamental plantings as well as orchards. Many have beautiful blooms and striking fall color.

Dwarf and semi-dwarf fruit trees come into bearing earlier than stand-sized trees, occupy less space, and can be more easily pruned and sprayed with equipment available to the average gardener. As a bonus, people can harvest varieties that are not easily available in stores. Budded trees grow no more than 15 to 20 feet tall. Also, available this year are Asparagus, Grapes, Black Raspberries, Red Raspberries, Blueberries and Strawberries.

We are also offering a variety of Evergreens like the beautiful American Arborvitae, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, and Hemlock. Also, on our list are a series of Hardwoods like Bur Oak, Chinese Chestnut, Tulip Poplar, and White Oak. Both breeds range from 18-24 inches and are sold for $4.

Order forms and descriptions are online at: or you may call the Porter County Extension Office at (219) 465-3555 for more information.


New Research in Floriculture Program Mar 13

Valparaiso, Ind. – Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service and the Northwest Indiana Floriculture Association will co-sponsor an educational program for people in the plant nursery, greenhouse, and retail garden center businesses on Thursday, March 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. CDT at County Line Greenhouse, 383 N. County Line Road, Hobart, Indiana.

On March 13th, the program will begin with a short tour and refreshments provided by County Line Greenhouse. After the refreshments, W. Garrett Owen, floriculture Ph.D. student at Purdue University will discuss new research in floriculture.
Related Web sites:
Northwest Indiana Floriculture Association

Purdue Extension


Cedar Lake Earth Day Rain Barrel Pick-Up Event

Town of Cedar Lake Hosts a Rain Barrel Pick-up Event on Earth Day, April 22nd:
The Cedar Lake Town Hall is working with Upcycle Products to host a rain barrel pick-up event on Earth Day, April 22, 2014 from 9am- 5pm at the Town Hall, 7408 Constitution Avenue. Rain barrels can be pre-ordered for pick-up on the Town’s website: All rain barrels must be pre-ordered on this day for pick-up only.


Free Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop March 3

A Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop will be conducted at Deep River County Park on Monday, March 3 at 10 a.m. Meet the Lake County Parks horticulturist Bryan McKay in front of Wood’s Historic Grist Mill for this free program.  The group will walk to the orchard for a demonstration on the proper pruning techniques for fruit trees.  Learn about insect control, sprays and year-round-care for your trees.  Remember, the weather can be severe in March, so dress accordingly.  For more information call 219-947-7275.  

Deep River County Park is located at 9410 Old Lincoln Highway, Hobart, IN 46342 at the intersection of County Line Road and 73rd Avenue.  From I-65 and Route 30 go east 4 miles on Route 30 to Randolph Street, then north to the first stop sign and east to the park.  GPS coordinates: Deep River Grist Mill: 41.475944,-87.222285 and Deep River County Line Road: 41.483097,-87.22008


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