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Porter County Master Gardeners Spruce Up the Gardens at Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Center in Valparaiso


A team of Porter County Master Gardeners recently gathered to spruce up the gardens at Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Hospice Center in Valparaiso. The Center garden is a continuing project led by Advanced Master Gardener, Martha Seroczynski, and funded yearly by a $250 Community Grant from the Porter County Master Gardeners Association (PCMGA).

Since 2005, PCMGA has given more than $45,000 in gifts and grants to organizations in and around Porter County, IN. In addition to the VNA, 2016 grant recipients are:

$500 Community Service Award:
Independent Cat Society Rainbow Bridge Butterfly Garden
Roberta Jocius Morgan Township Middle School Teaching Garden – Matt Wellsand
Habitat for Humanity – Maureen Mellow

$250 Edible Garden Grant;
St. John’s United Church Community Garden – Pat Jackson
Portage Township Bonner Senior Center Community Garden – Janet Clem
Ogden Dunes Community Garden – Jenifer Wilson
Safe Harbor Horticulture/Junior Master Gardener Lake Hills Project – John Tiedeman
Safe Harbor Horticulture/Junior Master Gardener Joy School Project – John Tiedeman
Banta Senior Center Garden – Julie Collins

$250 Community Grant;
American Legion Post 502 Soldiers Cross Memorial – Frank VanAutreve
American Legion Post 502 Turkey Shoot Building – Frank VanAutreve
American Legion Post 94 Willows Nursing Home– Joe Kusiak
Duneland Family YMCA Green Thumb Garden Project – Jenifer Birchfield
Hilltop Children Square-foot Gardening – Bob Stoner

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In keeping with their goals of community outreach and "helping others grow" the PCMGA invite individuals, groups, or charitable organizations in and around Porter County to apply for $1,000 scholarships, $500 community service donations, or $250 community grants beginning in January, 2017. For further details, please visit: http://www.pcgarden.info/grants-scholarships/

The mission of the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) is to be the most patient-focused provider of aging, hospice, palliative, and grief support services in Northwest Indiana. Since 1970, VNA has grown to serve Porter, Lake, LaPorte, Jasper, and Starke counties.

Porter County Master Gardeners Association is a not-for-profit corporation promoting the education and pleasure of gardening in the community, in cooperation with the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service of Porter County, Indiana.

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