People are marking their calendars for the upcoming Putnam County Master Gardeners' Advanced Training Seminar. This year's seminar is called, "Beyond the Garden Gate."
It's going to be a day filled with several interesting speakers, good food to enjoy, chances to win prizes, vendor booths to visit and fellow gardeners to meet.
This all-day event will take place from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Putnam County Fairgrounds.
In the morning, following registration and breakfast for everyone, there will be three classes, with breaks in between for folks to stretch their legs, visit the vendors and meet one another.
Following lunch, each of the participants will receive a bluebird house kit, which all will have the chance to build and take home.
The rest of the afternoon rounds out the presentations with two more classes and a brief wrap-up, ending scheduled events at 3:30 p.m.
Throughout the day, there will be drawings for prizes -- gifts that have been donated by local businesses, vendors at the seminar and several Putnam County Master Gardeners.
Vendors will be available not only during all breaks but before and after the day's activities as well.
Five speakers will be conducting workshops on a variety of topics. The presentations cover subjects that our local Master Gardeners have asked to learn more about, and the seminar speakers were chosen with their suggestions in mind.
Topics include Great Landscaping Ideas, presented by Colletta Kosiba; Creating a Natural Habitat in Your Garden, by Joni James; Organic Gardening, by Luella Mozingo; Poison Plant Sonnets, by Joe Heithaus; and Tomatoes--There's So Much More, by Ann Delchambre.
It is not necessary to be a Master Gardener to attend. In fact, the seminar planners hope that new people register, attend the seminar, and discover how much they can enjoy learning about gardening and want to join the Putnam County Master Gardeners.
The cost of the seminar is $35 for individuals or $60 for couples. Early registrations are due by Monday, Feb. 11, and seating is limited. After Feb. 11, late registrations will be $45 for individuals and $80 four couples.
Anyone who would like more information or who would like to register may contact Jane Jackson at 720-5212, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb. 2 -- Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry, State Fairgrounds
Feb. 2 -- E.H. Leader Lesson "Handy Woman 911" at Extension Office 1 p.m.
Feb. 7 -- Ext. Homemakers Holiday Program at the Fairgrounds, 7 p.m.
Feb.11 -- Farm Management Program Clay County 6-8 p.m.
Feb. 14 -- Ext. Homemakers County Council meeting, Ext. Classroom, 11:30 p.m.
Feb. 16 -- Bi-State 4-H Judges and Leaders Clinic, Cloverdale KNOY Center, 9 a.m.
Feb. 17 -- Putnam 2013 4-H Launch, Fairgrounds, 2-4 p.m.
Feb.19, 20 -- Certified Livestock Producer Program, Knoy Center 5-8:30 p.m.
Feb.23 -- "Beyond the Garden Gate" Master Gardener Advanced Training Fairgrounds 8-4 p.m.
March 1-2 -- Indiana Small Farms Conference, Danville