March - Honey Bees Today

Wednesday, March 15th, 6:00pm
At the Garden House in Matter Park

Come experience the Honey Bee and get all of the facts from Steve Deal with Mississinewa Beekeepers Association. We will also have honey tasting stations for your enjoyment!


April - Magical Plant Party

Sunday, April 9th, 1:00 - 3:00pm
At the Garden House in Matter Park

Learn how to plant seeds, from vegetable to flower to trees! Plant a seed and watch it grow – follow
up in MAY with a post of you and your plant on our FB page. Create your pot + plant your seed + watch it grow! #MagicPlantParty


May - Bug in a Bag

Tuesday, May 23rd, 6:00pm
At the Garden House in Matter Park

Dr. Tom Turpin, Professor of Entomology at Purdue University since 1971, has an uncanny ability to entertain & educate at the same time. His “Bug in a Bag” presentation is a fun and interactive program for youth & adults that features live anthropods (insects, spiders, crustaceans). He includes information about human attitudes toward anthropods and roles that insects play in the ecology of the earth. Dr. Turpin has played an integral role in educating students and the general public about the importance of insects for our environment.


June - Garden Walk 'n Talk

Wednesday, June 28th, 6:00pm
In The Gardens and The Meadow - Matter Park

Doug and Julia present a tour of the gardens and
information on some of the new varieties and most popular plants for the 2017 season.



July - An Evening in the Gardens

Friday, July 21st, 4:00 - 10:00pm
In The Gardens and The Meadow - Matter Park

Art2Experience / Artisans / Garden Pros / Entertainment / Culinary talent gather together for all to enjoy, to learn, and to purchase art. Open to
the public. A fun, evening event for the community. Bring a friend, a neighbor, family, tell all you know about this night with the ARTS!

August - Scat Class

Tuesday, August 22nd, 6:00pm
At the Garden House in Matter Park

The number 1 expert on the number 2 subject. Curt Burnette is the Naturalist/Program Specialist at Limberlost State Historic Site. He has over 30 years of experience as a naturalist, zookeeper and wildlife educator. As “Professor Poop”, he will conduct “Scat Class” to teach about wildlife poop (scat). The professor will have a fun power point presentation that will explain about the different types of poop that may be found on a nature hike. He will also explain how scat can be used to study wildlife. There will be models of scat to be looked at, and even some actual dried scat. Kids who take the class will be graduated as “Scat Scholars.”


September - Monarch Festival

Saturday, September 9th, 1:00 - 3:00pm
At The Meadow/Butterfly Garden

Celebration of the Monarchs, while enjoying an ice cream social (from the Friends of the Gardens) - what a magical time to celebrate The Monarch. A great experience for ALL ages! Come join us for this wonderful event.

October - Bulb Facts

We're VERY SORRY but this month's Garden Education Series has been cancelled. Please join us in November for the last one of the year!


November - Birds of Prey

Wednesday, November 8th, 6:00pm
At the Garden House in Matter Park

Mark Booth of Take Flight! Wildlife Education will bring a host of live birds of prey for an educational, interactive, and up close look at these magnificent birds. A falconer & longtime educator, Mark has worked with birds of prey for more than 30 years, so brings with him an incredible depth of knowledge. Through the use of live birds of prey and theatrical techniques, Take Flight! brings the importance of understanding the natural world to life. Meet these spectacular predators and hear the stories of our shared history.