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MUNCIE — The Growing Through Gardening Expo will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Minnetrista. There is no pre-registration for the free event, which is sponsored by the Delaware County Master Gardeners in partnership with Minnetrista.

Four speakers will present six talks throughout the day:

  • Karen Golden- owner of Michigan Heirlooms, Master Gardener and Certified Horticulturist will speak about heirloom tomatoes at 8:45 a.m. and about seed starting at 12:15 p.m.
  • Helen Steussy, physician and creator of a 30-acre authentic native prairie near New Castle, will speak about “Gardening with Nature” at 9:55 a.m.
  • Martha Ferguson, owner of Riverview Nursery, Spencerville,and an Advanced Master Gardener and Master Naturalist, will speak about “Edible Native Landscapes” at 11 a.m. and “Gardening in Harmony with Nature” at 1:20 p.m.
  • Paul Rothrock, botanist and plant taxonomist; Emeritus Professor at Taylor University and Emeritus Research Scientist and Curator at Indiana University, will speak about “e-Flora, Deam’s Collections for Modern Gardeners” at 2:30 p.m.

The event also will include demonstrations of drone use in agriculture, rain barrels, succulent plants and herbs. There will be informational exhibits, make and take projects, door prizes, and a silent auction, as well as a fun and interactive kids’ area focused on pollinators and a scavenger hunt.

The Farmers Market at Minnetrista will be open until noon, the Orchard Shop until 5:30 p.m. and Minnetrista’s gardens will be available to explore between presentations.

Information: delcomastergardener.org and facebook.com/DelcoMGAssociation.

Artists invited to draw in orchid greenhouse

MUNCIE — Amateur and professional artists and art-inclined members of the community are invited to draw and sketch “en plein air” — indoors — amid the orchids and tropical plants at the Rinard Orchid Greenhouse at Ball State University 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.

This event is free and open to the public. Artists should taken their own supplies.

Parking is available in lot G13 off University Avenue, with metered parking also available on University Avenue. Overflow parking is available to the west (near the picnic shelter, C3) and east (near the tennis courts, G15).

Information: bsu.edu/orchids.

Sen. Braun’s staff to visit Muncie

MUNCIE, Ind. — The mobile office for U.S. Senator Mike Braun’s staff will be available in Muncie Oct. 15.

Staffers will be available to help Muncie-area constituents 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 15 at the Delaware County Building, 100 W. Main St.

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