Friday, July 1, 2022 5:00 PM
Two tour participants stand near Bell Rohr Swamp at Lake Tippecanoe, one of six sites featured on the Native Flowers and Fields Tour. Photo provided.
The Clean Waters Partnership’s Native Flowers & Fields Tour was a great success.
The event took place on June 18, with visitors visiting six separate garden sites that used native plants, according to a press release from the Watershed Foundation.
According to Caitlin Yoder, Watershed Coordinator for TWF and member of the Clean Waters Partnership Education Committee, the event drew dozens of people for a great learning opportunity.
“It was exciting to show the public what gardening with native plants can look like. These plants are just as beautiful as some of the non-native varieties, but with exponential benefits for water quality and local wildlife” , Yoder said.
After the tours, attendees headed to a reception at Tippy Creek Winery. Several prizes were awarded, including an original artwork by Terry Armstrong.
“This event allowed visitors to not only see exquisite local gardens, but also to see how truly beautiful native plant species can be when incorporated into our landscaping,” said Lyn Crighton, Executive Director of the Watershed Foundation. “There is an important link between native plant species and the water quality of our lakes and streams. These plants are meant to thrive here. They provide a source of nutrients for pollinators and they help absorb and clean water before it enters our watershed. .”
The Clean Waters Partnership Education Committee is a collaboration between TWF, Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams, Kosciusko County Soil and Water Conservation District, The Kosciusko County Recycling Depot, Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation, and Kosciusko Water and Woodlands Invasive Partnership. Their mission is to raise awareness of watershed issues, provide education and awareness, facilitate behavior change and encourage participation to multiply the work done for the conservation of lakes, rivers and streams.
Sponsors for this event included Main Channel, Lake Tippecanoe Property Owners Inc., Barbee Lakes Property Owners Association, Smoker Craft, Lilly Center, Lake City Animal Health & Wellness Center, David & Peggy Wihebrink, and the Kosciusko County Soil & Water Conservation District.
For more information on this event and others, visit www.watershedfoundation.org/events.
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