Backyard layout lecturer to converse at CDPL

Andria Grady | Journal Critique

Karen Mitchell, client horticulture extension specialist from the Purdue College School of Agriculture, will present a lecture at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 on Garden Structure and Prep at the Crawfordsville District Public Library in the Donnelley Area A.

The dialogue is the next of a 4-portion speaker series hosted by the Montgomery County Learn Gardener Association in collaboration with CDPL to advertise the Seed Library. Registration is proposed, but not expected.

Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree in utilized horticulture and horticultural company companies and a master’s degree in botany and plant pathology from Purdue. She has created many posts for the Landscape Report and for HortScience, a peer-reviewed science journal by the American Society for Horticultural Science. She has been a guest speaker at the Indiana Flower and Patio Show and hosted many fingers-on workshops for Indiana gardeners. Professionally, she was the Tippecanoe  Extension agriculture and natural sources educator for 6 years former to her recent role in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

The course will include topics  area, planning, sustainable methods and soil overall health. “Gardening isn’t often simple, and lots of instances we work in opposition to nature in its place of along with nature,” Mitchell mentioned. “My aim is to support house owners and gardeners have an understanding of the overall lifetime cycle of vegetation and pests, like weeds, so that they can make sustainable selections.

“As the horticulture sector sees a mentality alter to functioning with character as an alternative of versus it, I’m listed here to enable Hoosiers navigate climate alter, erratic weather, invasive species and additional in their backyards.”

Attendees will take household a packet of data to help in their yard possibilities and funds from the library personnel and have the option to take a look at the Seed Library in the Reference Section. A special selection of veggies and herbs will also be supplied to get a backyard commenced. Vegetable seeds may possibly be traded for flower seeds if wished-for.

The Seed Library opened March 1 to the community. It currently has delivered patrons with over 2,000 packets of seeds. Every packet is made up of a tiny sample of seed to enable the grower try out a specific plant. 

“It has been satisfying to check out so many persons occur in to explore the new seed library,” mentioned Janella Nunan, Learn Gardener and library staff members  member. “The excited remarks and appreciation we have received has been extremely encouraging.”

Long term activities for the Seed Library incorporate a Veggie Escalating class (Could), a flower display (June), a sunflower contest (August) and a succulent workshop (August). 

To register for the yard design and style software or look at upcoming occasions, stop by the calendar web site at