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Gibson Woods Wild Ones 9th Annual Native Plant Sale

Gibson Woods Saturday, April 4 Saturday, May 2

10 a.m.

General Meeting

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Annual Native Plant Sale

Saturday, July

June 6

10 a.m.

General Meeting No meeting

G ibson Woods Wild Ones is a local chapter of Wild Ones-Native Plants, Natural Landscapes. The Gibson Chapter was established in 2000. Over the years, the group has helped people of all ages learn about the benefits of using native plants in the home landscape and throughout the community.

Getting involved in chapter meetings and activities is a great way to learn the many aspects of incorporating native plants into yards and gar- dens. Those who decide to ”grow wild” soon discover that they have not only brought the beauty of native wildflowers, grasses and other plants to their yards, but they have also provided a more inviting habitat for butterflies and songbirds. Once established, native plants do not require fertilizer or constant watering, which saves time and money.

Volunteers from the group help out at the Oak Ridge Prairie native plant nursery and greenhouse growing plants for natural areas restora- tion projects in the parks. The group also helps maintain the native plant beds at Gibson Woods. In addition, they host a native plant sale at Gib- son Woods each spring. Proceeds from the sale help fund resources, projects and programs for the Lake County Parks. Join us at one of our meetings to learn more about how you can “Grow Wild” in your own backyard. For more information, please call 219-844-3188.

Gibson Woods Saturday, May 2

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

ative plants are a popular choice for busy gardeners. These easy to care for wildflowers and grasses attract butterflies and birds while making a beautiful display in your yard. Since they are adapted to the local environment, growing them requires less water and fertil- izer, which saves money as well. N

If you are interested in a natural garden, come to Gibson Woods Wild Ones Native Plant Sale. This year’s sale will offer more types of native plants than ever before. More than 100 species of wildflowers, grass- es, sedges and ferns will be available. Wild Ones members will be on hand to help you find the right plants for your growing conditions. Plants are sold on a first come first serve basis, so arrive early for the best selection. Proceeds from the sale help fund resources, pro- jects and programs for the Lake County Parks. For more information and to obtain a list of plants, call 219-844-3188.

Gardening Club

Spring Perennial Plant Swap

Deep River County Park

Lake County Parks greenhouse Second Tuesday each month: April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14

10 a.m.


Monday, April 20

10 a.m.

Parking lot behind Visitor Center


A pril is National Garden- ing Month. What a great time to start your new gardening season by joining others interested in the leading leisure-time activity in the United States. Members meet to learn how to solve garden- ing problems, care for plants, trees and shrubs, visit area garden shops, and much more.

Members of the gardening club planting at Deep River

Members also learn from the Lake County Park Department’s horti- cultural staff, led by Bryan McKay. They have access to the Park Depart- ment’s greenhouses as well as the opportunity to volunteer in various parks in the county.

The Lake County Parks greenhouse is located east of the Park and Visitor Services facility at 8305 Randolph Street. For more information call 219-947-7275.

O ne way to improve your garden and increase plant varieties is to swap perennials. This can be done in the spring and the fall. So pot your perennials, identify them, and bring them to Deep River to swap with others. Bring empty containers to take home divided plants. Lake County Parks horticulture staff will be available to assist you in learning how to care for your new varieties and will answer questions about your existing plants.



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