Yule Time Stroll scheduled December 14th-December 25th

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Charley Creek Gardens invites you to enjoy the serenity of the evening gardens as they glow with "simple" holiday lighting during the fifth annual 'Yule Time Stroll".  Guests are encouraged to leisurely stroll through the gardens and enjoy the simplicity and quiet that the Gardens offer. After the stroll, all are invited inside the Garden Building to enjoy hot chocolate and take a break from the holiday bustle.

The 2013 Yule Time Stroll is scheduled from Saturday, December 14th – Wednesday, December 25th, 6-9 PM each evening.

Whether you are wanting to revisit childhood memories or create a few of your own, make the Charley Creek Gardens' Yule Time Stroll part of your holiday tradition.

Parking is available at 518 N. Wabash Street.

Contact the Gardens for weather related closings, 260-563-1020.

Lunch and Learn at the Gardens–Forage for Fall Decor

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

fall decorJoin us for our last Lunch and Learn at the Gardens talk this year!

Whether it is a wreath or a centerpiece, almost everything you need to decorate this fall can be found when you forage through your landscape. Seed heads, grass plumes, colorful twigs, evergreen branches and berries all bring color and texture to your project. Join Kelly on October 16 for a demonstration on how to work these natural pieces into your fall decorating.

 

 Lunch and Learn at the Gardens is a series of garden related talks held at the Education and Resource Center, 551 N. Miami Street. They take place once a month on a Wednesday, from February to October. The talks will begin at 12:15 and will end by 12:45. Bring your own lunch. There is no charge. For parties of 6 or more, please call 260-563-1020 to make a reservation. Main parking is at 518 N. Wabash Street. There will be limited parking behing the Education and Resource Center. 

Tuesday Tip – Planting Bulbs

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

The time has come to plant your spring flowering bulbs! You can plant them any time now through mid-October here in north central Indiana. Tulips, daffodils and other bulbs look best when planted in masses or waves. If you have small areas to plant, place 3 or 4 bulbs together in several near-by clumps. Layer different types of bulbs in the same area so you'll have a variety of flowers to enjoy. Plant them in already established garden beds or in your lawn. Be careful not to disturb any perennials when planting. Spring flowering bulbs look great in front of a fence, along the edge of a wooded area, along buildings and paths and beside driveways or stone walls. Grow as a gardener and plant some bulbs in a new area this fall! Better Homes and Gardens has great instructions for planting a variety of bulbs.

Tuesday Tip – Cool Season Annuals

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Bring some fresh color back to your landscape and garden this month with cool season annuals. Freshen up your hanging baskets, pots and garden beds with plants that will continue to bloom for several more weeks. Grow as a gardener and include some of these choices in your landscape:

*Ornamental cabbage and kale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Pansies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Mums

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Violets

Lunch and Learn at the Gardens–Environmentally Friendly Lawn Practices

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

lawn alternativeJoin us September 18 to learn about alternatives for your lawn.

Whether you are concerned about the chemicals you are putting on your lawn to keep it looking like a golf course, or you are just plain tired of pushing a mower, we have ideas that can help. There are several attractive alternatives to grass that require less chemicals, time and energy to maintain. Spend your lunch time with us and walk away empowered to make an environmentally friendly change in your own yard.

 

Lunch and Learn at the Gardens is a series of garden related talks held at the Education and Resource Center, 551 N. Miami Street. They take place once a month on a Wednesday, from February to October. The talks will begin at 12:15 and will end by 12:45. Bring your own lunch. There is no charge. For parties of 6 or more, please call 260-563-1020 to make a reservation. Main parking is at 518 N. Wabash Street. There will be limited parking behing the Education and Resource Center. 

Tuesday Tip–September Checklist

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

September's cooler weather brings much needed relief and enjoyment back to the garden. Enjoy your abundance of vegetables. If you don't usually practice fall planting, grow as a gardener and try it this year! You can plant now until mid-October. Continue to keep your plants healthy and attractive and you'll enjoy your garden and landscape well into the fall.  

*Purchase spring flowering bulbs now if you didn't order any earlier.

*Decide where you want to plant your bulbs, but don't plant them until the end of this month, at the earliest.

*Plant, divide and transplant spring and summer flowering perennials.

*Continue weeding.

*Continue planting any trees.

*Water new fall plantings.

*Continue deadheading and cutting back.

*Continue enjoying your fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs and berries.

*Enjoy being in your garden. Take lots of pictures and make notes for next year. Sit, relax and enjoy!

*Tidy up your vegetable garden as you harvest.

*Freshen up pots with cool season annuals.

Tuesday Tip–Planting Trees and Shrubs

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Fall is a great time to plant trees and shrubs. The temperature is cooler and the rainfall is usually adequate. Planting trees and shrubs before the end of October should allow them enough time to get established before winter. Garden centers want to decrease their inventory, so you can find great deals on trees and shrubs. Almost any species can be planted in the fall, but there are some exceptions. Purdue University Extension has great resources on planting trees and shrubs and which species are better left for planting in the spring. Free up the busy spring gardening season and grow as a gardener by planting some trees and shrubs this fall!

Tuesday Tip–Order Spring Blooming Bulbs Now

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Something you don't want to forget this summer is ordering spring blooming bulbs. If you haven't done so already, order your tulips, daffodils, crocus, and hyacinths now. They need to be planted in October.

Here are some tips on ordering spring blooming bulbs.

*Order early. Suppliers will ship the best they have available.

*Check their guarantee. Will they replace bulbs in case of problems?

*Compare prices, but remember you'll probably get what you pay for.

*Order animal resistant bulbs, such as daffodils, onions and hyacinths.

*Try ordering shade tolerant bulbs such as Narcissus 'Hawera' and Spanish Bluebells.

*Order early, mid and late season bloomers.

*Consider ordering some species (wild) tulips. They are smaller than the cultivated varieties, but look great in more natural areas. Charley Creek Gardens has species tulips around the labyrinth.

*Make plans now to visit a flower show next spring. You'll get lots of ideas and be exposed to new and different varieties.

These tips came from the American Daffodil Society and A Way to Garden. Grow as a gardener and check out these two websites for more information.

Tuesday Tip–Fall Vegetable Gardening

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Even though summer is still in full swing, it's time to plant cool season vegetables. Indiana's climate is well suited to fall vegetable gardening. Temperature and rainfall amounts are usually more steady in the fall than in the spring and summer. Also, many pest and disease problems are less common in the fall. 

Vegetables that perform well in the fall include beets, radishes, kale, lettuce, spinach and more. Purdue University has some great information on growing vegetables in the fall. Grow as a gardener and plant some fall vegetables today!

Lunch and Learn at the Gardens–Common Invasive Plants

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Join Kelly August 21 for an overview of common invasive plants.

Introduced with good intentions, some plants have outlived their usefulness and are negatively impacting our gardens and yards! Join us for a look at good plants gone bad and why we need to play a role in their control. Learn how to identify several invasive plants and tips for controlling or removing them.

 

Lunch and Learn at the Gardens is a series of garden related talks held at the Education and Resource Center, 551 N. Miami Street. They take place once a month on a Wednesday, from February to October. The talks will begin at 12:15 and will end by 12:45. Bring your own lunch. There is no charge. For parties of 6 or more, please call 260-563-1020 to make a reservation. Main parking is at 518 N. Wabash Street. There will be limited parking behing the Education and Resource Center. 

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