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IU Northwest Community Garden: Overview

A catalyst for growth, the IU Northwest Community Garden collaboratively builds capacity and connections.

IU Northwest Community Garden

Located on the corner of 35th and Washington, across from the Anderson Library

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Upcoming Sessions

Schedule of Upcoming Sessions

These live, online sessions are free and open to adults of all ages. To register, contact the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence via email at or by calling 219-980-6978. Details for joining each session will be provided upon registration.


Gardening for Gut Health

  • 5 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20
  • Enrollment Deadline: Oct. 19

Join Lori Vinson, an IU Northwest fitness instructor and health coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, as she discusses vital foods to plant in your garden for gut health. This live, online presentation will cover the phases of digestion, proper seed storage, and the best fiber-rich vegetables to build stronger gut resilience.


Winter Sowing Workshop

  • 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27
  • Enrollment Deadline: Oct. 26

Do you want to learn how to start seeds but have problems growing them in the house? Then join Dolly Foster, accredited horticulturalist, for this live, online session! Winter Sowing is a method of starting seeds outdoors, in the winter. It is best for seeds that need to be stratified (a short cold period) in order to germinate. By winter sowing you are taking advantage of the natural temperatures and length of day to trigger germination. Germination rates are usually quite high. The advantages of winter sowing are many! You do not need seed trays, lights, to treat your soil for damping-off disease, or worry about your seedlings drying out.

Past Sessions

Recordings of Past Sessions

Butterfly Gardening

During this session, Dolly Foster, Landscape Horticulturist for the Oak Lawn Park District, Master Gardener, and Certified Arborist, provides information about the best butterfly attracting plants and how to plan your garden to provide food, cover, and host plants for caterpillars. The caterpillar/ butterfly life cycle is an integral part of planning a butterfly garden and is also discussed. The time is now to begin a butterfly habitat in your garden!


Common Garden Diseases and Other Ailments

Rebecca Koetz, Lake County Urban Agriculture Educator with Purdue Extension, presents answers to the most common questions that come in to the Extension office related to garden pests, diseases, and other issues. Rebecca provides the scientifically recommended solutions to these problems, including cultural, mechanical, organic and inorganic options for control. This presentation covers ailments of fruits, vegetables, trees, ornamentals, and lawns.


Eating to Improve Your Immunity

Kim Davis, Nutrition Education Program Assistant for the Purdue Extension, discusses how to improve your immunity through the foods you eat. Learn how to plan meals that include foods high in the vitamins and nutrients needed to support a healthy immune system.


To Bee or Not to Bee

Come delve into the amazing lives of honeybees and learn about what these "super insects" can do, from the regal queen, right down to the aptly named worker bees. In words and pictures, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Victoria Jostes decodes honeybee secrets, and then ties the facets of her story into a neat and fascinating bundle, that ultimately relates to each of us.


Composting from a Permaculture Perspective

Christine Maloney, an Advanced Permaculture Designer and Educator, discusses permaculture, its three guiding ethics, and how composting relates to each of these ethics. Also discussed are the basics of composting, including what can be composted, the various methods of composting (bin, pile, pit, blender, vermicompost), and whether to turn or not to turn compost. This IUN Community Garden online session was held live on June 12, 2020.


The Negative Impacts of Invasive Plants

Erica Luchik, regional specialist of Southern Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management, shares information about the negative impact invasive plants have on us, our natural areas, and wildlife. Common invasive plants, such as those often found in landscaping, are identified, as are native plant alternatives for Northwest Indiana. This IUN Community Garden online session was originally held live on May 21, 2020.

Center for Urban &
Regional Excellence

Indiana University Northwest
3400 Broadway
Library Conference Center, Room 203
Gary, Indiana 46408 
(219) 980-6978
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