FAIR EVENT: Seminars to instruct gardeners

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Master Gardeners will present garden seminars Tuesday, July 17 at the Ag Museum at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds in Columbia City.Available seminars include:•Transforming the Garden with Native Plants by Laura Stine at 1 p.m. Stine will give ideas to use native plants which create a healthy ecosystem while connecting residential landscapes to our native wildlife. This includes birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects. Stine has 17 years of experience designing outdoor living spaces. She is graduate of Indiana University and a member of Indiana Native Plants and Wildflower Society.•Perennials, Grasses and Butterflies, Oh MY! by Judith Nastally at 2 p.m. Visitors will learn about observing connections between insects, native plants, and animals and how they play into the overall health of our local environment. Nastally graduated from Purdue University and is an Advanced Master Gardener. She has worked in the landscape nursery industry for 12 years.•Pioneer Garden Escapees by Jody Heaston at 3 p.m.Heaston’s hands on approach features a pioneer woman, Earlene, who will demonstrate and talk about the different kinds of plants. These plants escaped the pioneer gardens long ago and are now considered weeds. Heaston has 10 years of experience with the DNR and has won state and national awards in public speaking.These seminars are open to the public and no registration is necessary.