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Whitley County Master Gardeners Offer Monday Afternoon Seminars at the 4-H Fair

The Whitley County Master Gardeners’ annual seminars at the 4-H fair will again be at the Ag Museum on the 4-H grounds on Monday, July 17, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The theme is “Celebrating the Legacy of Whitley County Master Gardeners.” 2023 marks the 25th year that Extension Master Gardeners have been actively volunteering in Whitley County.

Cindy Barnett, former Whitley County Extension Educator, will share about the beginning of the Master Gardener program in Whitley County. John Woodmansee, present Whitley County Extension Educator, will share his involvement with Extension Master Gardeners, their current programs, and their impact in the community.

Mary Haynes, Chairperson, and Beth Ann Sickafoose, Co-Chairperson will introduce Master Gardeners who will share various topics they have learned in Master Gardener classes and what they have put into practice in their own gardens. Topics and speakers include:

  • Joyful Gardening, by Debbie Vincent,
  • The Importance and Advantages of Labeling, by Duane Janssen,
  • Blended Gardening, by Mary Haynes,
  • How We Care for Our Yard and Garden, by Garry and Louise Hill,
  • Sage Advice Through the Thymes, by Bridget Johnson,
  • Branching Out, by Missy A’Hearn, and
  • The Reluctant Gardener, by Al & Mary Ann Anderson.

Join us on July 17 starting at 1:00 p.m. as we begin this series of 15–20-minute talks. We will take a short break halfway through the talks for simple refreshments. During the break, enjoy a slide show of our activities over the years.

Reservations are not needed, and the event is free and open to the public. Perhaps we’ll spark an increased interest in your own gardening, and even prompt a desire to learn more about the Extension Master Gardener program.

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