Fall Happenings at Taltree

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Fall happenings at Taltree

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, located at 450 West 100 North in Valparaiso, is a 360-acre reserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies. From hiking the three-plus miles of trails to attending an outdoor concert or special event, visitors have enjoyed Taltree’s quiet beauty interspersed with friendly festivity since 1999. Themed displays include the Hitz Family Rose Garden, Native Plant Garden, Oak Islands, and coming in 2011, the Taltree Railway Garden. Admission to the grounds is $5 for guests; free for Taltree members and children 5 and younger.

Art & Gardening classes begin in October. This art series is made possible by a partnership between Taltree and South Shore Arts. The three five-session classes feature an introduction to mixed media including oil, pastel, prisma color, watercolor, pen and ink. Classes are from 10-11 a.m. on consecutive Saturdays in Taltree’s Railway Garden Depot. Class fee is $80 per participant for each five-week series; $75 for Taltree members. Registration is limited to 15 students and fee must be paid in advance.

Taltree Tails: Oct. 3, from 12-4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana and Pet Neutering and Adoption Services. Event includes costume parade and contest, professional pet photographer, pet-related demos and pet supply and services vendors. Admission is $5. Consider bringing a donation from their wish list which includes:
– Purina Cat Chow
– Purina Kitten Chow
– Pedigree Puppy Chow
– Purina or Purina One Dog, Cat and Kitten
– Chow
– Bleach
– Paper Towels
– Large trash bags
– Anti-bacterial soap
– Postage stamps
– Cotton balls
– Q-tips
– Unscented Scoopable kitty litter
– Dog biscuits (small & large bones)
– Latex gloves
– New puppy, dog and cat toys
– Windows Office
– Monetary donations

The following classes are in the Taltree Arboretum & Garden classroom, located at 71 North 500 West in Valparaiso. Cost for each class is $12 for Taltree members and $15 for non-members unless otherwise noted. Registration and pre-payment is required by calling 219-462-0025. Class fee for walk-ins is $17 for Taltree members and $20 for non-members.

– Wild and Wooly – A yarn-making workshop: Oct. 2, from 9 a.m.-noon Learn how to clean raw fleece, hand-card and spin wool into yarn, and dye wool using wildflowers gathered at Taltree. Participants will also make a drop spindle to take home. A demonstration on weaving will also take place. Instructors are Patty Stimmel, Taltree’s senior horticulturist and Chris Aylesworth, Taltree estate horticulturist. Cost for this class is $17 for members and $20 for non-members, and includes a $5 supply fee.

– Hardy Ferns for Northwest Indiana Gardens: Oct. 2, from 1-2 p.m. Join instructor Zann Wilson for an informative presentation on ferns, including the reproductive methods of ferns, their variety of species, the best conditions to grow ferns and a selection of good garden companions for ferns.

– Think Spring with fall-planted bulbs: Oct. 9, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Get a jump on spring by planting some bulbs. Instructor Jean Starr will offer suggestions for spring flowering bulbs that thrive in a variety of conditions from sunny to cloudy and from damp to dry. Learn which bulbs are unpalatable to deer and rabbits, which look good naturalized in a lawn, and how to combine bulbs with perennials for a knock-out springtime look.

Fall photography workshop: Oct. 10, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Learn outdoor photography techniques from professional and experienced amateur photographers. Taltree Photography Club members will assist seasoned hobbyists and persons new to the craft in capturing those fleeting and breathtaking moments only found in nature. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes; bring a camera with plenty of film or memory, charged batteries and a notebook. Register by Oct. 4, cost is $15 for nonmembers and $12 for Taltree members and includes beverages and light refreshments. Workshop takes place rain or shine, no refunds will be offered for cancellations. For more information, registration, volunteering or donation opportunities, e-mail taltreephotoclub@gmail.com.

– Preserving Plants: Oct. 10, from 2-4 p.m. Learn how to use gathered plant material to accent your home. Find out which plants preserve well, and when and where to gather them. Taltree Horticulturist Foy Spicer will take participants through the steps required to design a grape vine wreath with provided dried plants and flowers. Cost for this class is $17 for members and $20 for non-members and includes a $5 supply fee.

– Harvest Festival Benefit Concert: Oct 16, from 6-8:30 p.m. Food and personal care donations benefit Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. Donate a non-perishable food or personal care item and hear musician Johnny V perform Neil Young music for $5; $10 without food donation.

For more information about Taltree or any of the above mentioned events, call 219-462-0025, or visit www.taltree.org.

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