An Indiana citizens’ initiative to showcase the exceptional gardens and gardeners in each county of the state will begin May 21. “Celebrating Indiana Gardens” is the first in a series of five efforts leading up to Indiana’s bicentennial anniversary by Sustainable Indiana 2016, an Indiana sustainability projects awareness group.
“The mission of Sustainable Indiana 2016 is to showcase Indiana’s green innovations as informational and inspirational examples,” John Gibson, the organization’s state coordinator, says.
Sustainable Indiana 2016 is a collaboration of Earth Charter Indiana to examine methods of sustainability and provide communication between individuals and organizations that are working for an environmentally conscious state.
Indiana’s bicentennial mark in 2016 will reflect Sustainable Indiana 2016’s push to promote green innovation, resource conservation, and preservation within the state. In 2012, the spotlight will shine on the outstanding progressive gardens and gardeners. Each of the planned garden events may include detailed advice on gardening, home-grown potlucks, celebrity appearances, and awards.
“There is growing energy in our state for being ‘greener’ and I’m excited to be able to seek out and recognize those efforts,” Trent Shafer says.
Sustainable Indiana 2016 interns Brittany Weaver of Ball State University, Trent Shafer of IUPUI, and Whitney Warner of Purdue University are working this summer to organize garden events and workshops around the state of Indiana. These will culminate in a grand, one-day, statewide celebration of Hoosier gardens and gardeners on Saturday, August 18.