party in a green scene

By Jenny Elig

You remember the saying “think globally, act locally”? What’s more local than your garden? Learn more about the world in your backyard during Johnson County Garden Club/Purdue Master Gardeners’ “Garden Celebration XVI: Wild and Native.” Set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, 250 Fairground St., Franklin, the event includes educational seminars along with more than 40 vendors.
During the celebration, you’ll discover plants native to Indiana and how they support your yard’s ecosystem and prevent loss of birds, butterflies and valuable insects.

Speakers include Dawn Slack of The Nature Conservancy and Carol Michel, a local garden expert and author of three gardening books. Aaron Stump, habitat programs manager with Indiana Wildlife Federation, will present information about wildlife, native plants and perennials.

Back from last year is Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators from Hope, where children and adults will learn how this organization rescues and rehabilitates injured animals. This year’s celebration includes live music and more space as Scott and Herring halls allow attendees more space to browse, shop and, of course, enjoy the Garden Café that will provide breakfast and lunch for purchase.
General admission is $2 at the door. Seed packets and tree saplings will be given away free while supplies last in Herring Hall. For information visit the Johnson County Garden Club Facebook page; call Carolyn Williams at (317) 736-8080; or email [email protected].