Fall Into Gardening

Everyone has the opportunity to learn about gardening from the masters on Oct. 15 at the Southwestern Indiana Master Gardner Association’s semiannual Ohio Valley Garden Conference, held in the Tropicana Evansville Conference Center, 421 N.W. Riverside Drive.

“Laboring in a garden soothes the soul, strengthens the limbs, and provides nourishment for the body,” says keynote speaker Peter Hatch. “Caring for a garden — whether pet trees, favorite flowers, or juicy tomatoes — instills life values: humility, perseverance, experimentation, pride.”

Hatch served as director of gardens and grounds at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello for 35 years and plans to speak about how Jefferson’s legacy has carried into today’s farm-to-table movement.

“I hope my audience will understand how few topics tell us more about Thomas Jefferson than gardening,” says Hatch.

Five other speakers also will cover topics from horticulture to bees.

More than 20 vendor booths, including Bee Tree Pottery, Soapstone Soap Company, and Wild Birds Unlimited, will be open for shopping.

Tickets cost $49, including breakfast, lunch, covered parking, and the chance to win prizes. The deadline to purchase tickets is Oct. 1.

For more information about the Southwestern Indiana Master Gardener Association, visit swimga.org.

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