Garden design lecturer to speak at CDPL

Greg Stevens

Andria Grady | Journal Review

Karen Mitchell, shopper horticulture extension specialist from the Purdue College Faculty of Agriculture, will present a lecture at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 on Yard Layout and Prep at the Crawfordsville District Public Library in the Donnelley Place A.

The dialogue is the 2nd of a 4-component speaker sequence hosted by the Montgomery County Grasp Gardener Affiliation in collaboration with CDPL to promote the Seed Library. Registration is proposed, but not necessary.

Mitchell holds a bachelor’s diploma in used horticulture and horticultural business enterprise expert services and a master’s degree in botany and plant pathology from Purdue. She has composed many article content for the Landscape Report and for HortScience, a peer-reviewed science journal by the American Culture for Horticultural Science. She has been a guest speaker at the Indiana Flower and Patio Display and hosted a lot of hands-on workshops for Indiana gardeners. Professionally, she was the Tippecanoe  Extension agriculture and normal assets educator for 6 years prior to her present part in the Office of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

The class will address subject areas  place, preparing, sustainable tactics and soil health. “Gardening isn’t usually uncomplicated, and several situations we perform versus character as a substitute of along with nature,” Mitchell said. “My intention is to assist homeowners and gardeners realize the entire everyday living cycle of plants and pests, which includes weeds, so that they can make sustainable selections.

“As the horticulture sector sees a attitude improve to working with character instead of against it, I’m listed here to aid Hoosiers navigate climate alter, erratic climate, invasive species and additional in their backyards.”

Attendees will acquire dwelling a packet of data to support in their backyard decisions and funds from the library staff members and have the possibility to take a look at the Seed Library in the Reference Office. A distinctive selection of veggies and herbs will also be presented to get a backyard started. Vegetable seeds may well be traded for flower seeds if wanted.

The Seed Library opened March 1 to the community. It by now has supplied patrons with over 2,000 packets of seeds. Every packet incorporates a tiny sample of seed to enable the grower attempt out a distinct plant. 

“It has been fulfilling to observe so quite a few men and women occur in to investigate the new seed library,” said Janella Nunan, Learn Gardener and library employees  member. “The fired up reviews and appreciation we have acquired has been quite encouraging.”

Potential actions for the Seed Library consist of a Veggie Growing class (Might), a flower exhibit (June), a sunflower contest (August) and a succulent workshop (August). 

To sign up for the backyard structure application or perspective approaching gatherings, go to the calendar website page at

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