Heritage Garden Weekend

CJ columnist Hill, Wiche
headline Garden Weekend

Market, exhibits, some activities
are free to the public

Staff Report

SCOTTSBURG, Ind. (April 2003) – A weekend of activities for gardening enthusiasts is planned in Scott County, Ind., during the second annual Heritage Garden Weekend, April 25-27.
Free and open to the public will be a gardener’s market, soil testing, a garden and nature related gallery exhibit, a children’s garden activity tent and a nature walk. The Purdue University Extension Service will provide free educational materials. Other events offered for a nominal fee include a reception, silent auction and dinner and a gardening symposium.

Heritage Garden

Photo provided

Gardening enthusiasts find tips
and fellowship at Scottsburg’s
Heritage Garden Weekend.

Louisville Courier-Journal columnist and radio show host Bob Hill will present “Rare and Unusual Plants and Garden Whimsy” on Friday evening following a reception and dinner. Hill has been a columnist for the newspaper for 25 years and has published eight books on subjects ranging from gardening to basketball history as well as two collections of his newspaper columns.
Hill and his wife, Janet, are co-owners of Hidden Hill Nursery in Utica, Ind., which specializes in rare trees and plants, garden sculpture and whimsy.
The nursery will play host to Heritage Garden Day from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Hill has propagated rare and unusual plants for the past 20 years, traveling around the country and abroad in pursuit of his gardening hobby.
He is also known as the co-host of “Homegrown,” a WFPL 89.3 radio show with fellow garden expert Jeneen Wiche. Wiche will also appear at the event during the afternoon on Saturday to present a workshop featuring tips on preparing the garden for the growing season ahead.
On Saturday, the morning session of the gardening symposium will begin at 9 a.m. with spring teas and pastries followed by water garden and herb workshops. The afternoon session will begin at noon with an herbal cooking demonstration and luncheon followed by gardening with bees, ornamental grasses and Wiche’s workshop. The symposium sessions, including meals, are $20 each or $35 for both morning and afternoon. Cost for the Friday evening reception and dinner with guest speaker Bob Hill is $25.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Scott County Heritage Center & Museum. The weekend is sponsored by Preservation Alliance, Inc., the Scott County Purdue University Extension Service and the Scott County Visitors Commission. Last year, several hundred people turned out to enjoy the weekend of activities, according to Scott County Visitors Commission Executive Director Bob McAdams. McAdams is hoping for comparable success this year.
“This is such a special event that we hope will continue to grow and provide much enjoyment for both the local residents and people who visit for the weekend,” McAdams said.

• For more information or to make reservations, contact Purdue University Extension agent Jeannie Carlisle at (812) 752-8450 or pcarlisl@purdue.edu. Reservations with payment will be accepted through April 20.

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