2020 Fall Lecture Series
October 7, 14, 21, 28
Sponsored in conjunction with the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, Floyd Co., IN.
Series starts Oct. 7 and ends Oct. 28--all 4 nights for one single price of $15. Click here to register online.
OCTOBER 7: Using Bulbs in the Garden --Sayde Heckman, Garden and Arboretum Manager at Yew Dell Gardens
When hearing the word "bulbs," we visualize breathtaking mass plantings and stunning photos on the front page of every catalog. With images like this, the idea of planting bulbs in a home garden seems out of reach; in reality Fall is the perfect opportunity. In this lecture, we will explore the mysterious world of bulbs and discuss how to use them effectively.
OCTOBER 14: Native Alternatives to Invasive Ornamental Grasses--Margaret Shea, Owner, Dropseed Native Plant Nursery
Margaret will discuss some of the concerns about using invasive non-native grasses in your home landscape. Fortunately, there are many attractive native grasses that can be used as alternatives to those invasive non-native grasses. Margaret will describe some of her favorite native grasses. Wet or dry, sun or shade, there is a native grass for your yard!
OCTOBER 21: Stars and Teaspoons --Jamie Burghardt, Director of Horticulture and Education at the Waterfront Botanical Gardens
About 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci said, "We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot." Luckily, for the past 25 years, microbiologists have made significant, enlightening discoveries in an attempt to prove Leonardo wasn't completely accurate. While modern gardeners may know all about compost, soil structure and earthworms, we are just beginning to realize the huge complexity of the biology and organic chemistry present in a healthy soil. Microbes such as bacteria, protozoa and fungi are in a constant flux among microfauna and the 'big guys' (earthworms) in a living soil environment. Let's scratch the surface to get a better idea of what all is happening beneath our feet and among our plants' roots.
OCTOBER 28: The Forgotten Fourth Season (Winter Interest in the Ornamental Garden) --Bonnie Cummings, Gold Level Purdue Master Gardener
Winter is often written off as a season when we can ignore the garden. With a bit of planning, creativity and choice of the right plants, however, winter can be an opportunity to display the “good bones” of an ornamental garden.
$15 total for registration for all 4 sessions of the virtual program Click here to register online.