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Gardner's notebook: Native plants in the garden

Statement issued Thursday by IPFW:

Budding gardeners and seasoned green thumbs alike will want to attend the February Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Science Café. Jordan Marshall, assistant professor of biology, will present, "The Merit of Native Plants in the Woods and the Garden," Wednesday, Feb. 23, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Firefly Coffee House, 3523 N. Anthony Blvd. It is free and open to the public.

Marshall will give a brief presentation on plant biology and gardening.

The rest of the hour will be for questions and discussion. Marshall's presentation is part of this year's Science Café theme of environment.

No science background is assumed or required.

The IPFW Science Cafés are part of a national movement to make scientific research easier and more accessible to the public. They are set in casual settings, such as the Firefly Coffee House, and allow the public to ask questions and interact with scientists.

IPFW's Sigma Xi, a scientific research society, set up these events in Fort Wayne in2009.For more information about this month's presentation, contact Marshall at 260-481-6038 or For information about IPFW's Science Cafés, contact Michelle Drouin, assistant professor of psychology, at 260-481-6398 or or visit For more on national ScienceCafés, visit

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)