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Master Gardeners to lead ‘basics’ seminars

Statement issued Tuesday:

"Gardening Basics" will be the theme of the Master Gardener seminars offered at the 2012 Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show held at the Memorial Coliseum on March-1-4. Purdue Master Gardeners and other area experts will offer their tips and tricks regarding gardening basics at the Master Gardener Stage each day at the show. Learn about vegetable gardening, propagating and growing flowers, and how to care for the lawn and landscape - or America's favorite vegetable- tomatoes! In addition, Purdue Master Gardeners will also be available to answer garden questions at their booth located in the garden hall. Purchase seeds of unusual flowers and vegetables at the booth and help support the Master Gardener volunteer program! For more information, contact the Allen County Extension office at 260- 481- 6826 (option 3).

Thursday, March 1

1:00P Tree Planting & Care in an Urban Forest - Bill Diedrichs, Purdue Master Gardener

2:30P Gardening with Perennials: Endless Choices! Endless Color! - Deb Kohlmeier, Purdue Master Gardener

4:00P Herb Thyme - Stephanie Yoder, Purdue Master Gardener

5:30P Making the Most of a Rainy Day-Rain Barrel Construction - Lyle McDermott, Purdue Master Gardener

Friday, March 2

1:00P Tomatoes 101, from Seed to Salsa - Penny Alles, Purdue Master Gardener

2:30P Helping Our Flying Beauties- Butterflies - Jody Heaston, IDNR

4:00P Propagating Plants you Have Around the Home - Elysia Berry, ANR Extension Educator, DeKalb County

5:30P Seed Starting 101: All Things Considered - Kathy Lee , Purdue Master Gardener

Saturday, March 3

11:00A Perennials, Grasses and Butterflies Oh My! - Judith Nastally, Purdue Master Gardener

12:30P Shrubs: The Best, the Brightest, and the Bad Apples - Laura Stine, Landscape Designer

2:00P Basic Lawn Care - Ricky Kemery, Purdue Horticulture Extension Educator

3:30P Container Gardening: For Beauty, Harvest and Success. - Carrie Chapman, Purdue Master Gardener

5:00P Here's the Dirt on Hydrangeas - Master Gardener Hydrangea Group-Display Gardens

Sunday, March 4

1:30P Great Plants Begin With Great Soil - Ricky Kemery, Purdue Horticulture Extension Educator

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