Garden design lecturer to speak at CDPL

Garden design lecturer to speak at CDPL

Andria Grady | Journal Critique

Karen Mitchell, buyer horticulture extension specialist from the Purdue University School of Agriculture, will present a lecture at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 on Backyard garden Design and Prep at the Crawfordsville District Community Library in the Donnelley Space A.

The dialogue is the next of a 4-section speaker series hosted by the Montgomery County Master Gardener Association in collaboration with CDPL to market the Seed Library. Registration is recommended, but not needed.

Mitchell retains a bachelor’s degree in used horticulture and horticultural business services and a master’s degree in botany and plant pathology from Purdue. She has created various content articles 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 Clearly show and hosted quite a few palms-on workshops for Indiana gardeners. Professionally, she was the Tippecanoe  Extension agriculture and pure methods educator for 6 several years past to her current part in the Section of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

The class will deal with subjects  site, preparation, sustainable procedures and soil well being. “Gardening isn’t always effortless, and many moments we get the job done towards character instead of together with nature,” Mitchell reported. “My goal is to assist home owners and gardeners realize the overall lifetime cycle of crops and pests, which include weeds, so that they can make sustainable conclusions.

“As the horticulture sector sees a mentality adjust to doing the job with mother nature alternatively of against it, I’m below to aid Hoosiers navigate weather alter, erratic weather, invasive species and extra in their backyards.”

Attendees will take residence a packet of data to assist in their back garden options and spending plan from the library team and have the possibility to visit the Seed Library in the Reference Section. A unique selection of vegetables and herbs will also be provided to get a garden commenced. Vegetable seeds may perhaps be traded for flower seeds if desired.

The Seed Library opened March 1 to the local community. It currently has supplied patrons with over 2,000 packets of seeds. Each individual packet contains a compact sample of seed to enable the grower try out out a unique plant. 

“It has been satisfying to enjoy so several people arrive in to explore the new seed library,” explained Janella Nunan, Master Gardener and library personnel  member. “The psyched opinions and appreciation we have been given has been extremely encouraging.”

Future routines for the Seed Library include things like a Veggie Growing course (May well), a flower exhibit (June), a sunflower contest (August) and a succulent workshop (August). 

To sign up for the backyard style software or view forthcoming occasions, check out the calendar web page at