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Memorial Day Weekend in LaGrange County

Everyone knows Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summertime, so welcome the season with a bang! LaGrange County has plenty going on all weekend long to make it a memorable holiday. If you roll into town Saturday morning, of course you’ll need some breakfast to fuel your day, and there’s nothing more hearty …

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Vertical Vegetable Gardening

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Whether your garden is large or small, you can make good use out of every inch of it by using vertical gardening techniques. Vertical vegetable gardening is simply the process of growing vining and climbing vegetables on an upright structure instead of horizontally on the ground.  …

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Creating a Cutting Garden

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     I like to grow flowers for the display of color they add to my landscape and I also like to grow them to cut, arrange in bouquets and bring into my house.  So therein lies my dilemma – I want cutting flowers but I do not …

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Back-road Amish Tours

If you’ve been to Shipshewana in the past few years you may have seen the Blue Gate bus cruising around town. What’s it used for though? The Blue Gate recently started offering back-road Amish tours, which have been a huge hit! I finally had the opportunity to take one for myself and see what all …

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5 Shipshewana Stops Every DIY Lover Must Visit

This blog was originally posted on Shipshewana Trading Place By Lora Gates   If you are like me, you probably spend entirely too much time day-dreaming about all of the possible projects you could create, repurpose or make for your home. As proof, my Pinterest page is full of them, and most are quite honestly …

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9 Things Every History Buff Should Do in Shipshewana

This post originally appeared on shipshewanatradingplace.com By Anna Camburn   You know you’re a history buff when you love to know the story behind each destination you travel to. Shipshewana, Indiana has a rich Amish/Mennonite heritage that is so fun to learn about. You can bring Shipshewana’s past to life by visiting the following events and attractions.   …

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About The Amish Culture: Six Social Courtesies

LaGrange County and Shipshewana are home to the third largest Amish community in the nation. This community’s simple way of life is the reason many people visit our area—to observe, learn about, pay tribute to, and purchase items from the Amish. With the travel season upon us, here are a few things to remember as …

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Supporting Peonies

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener   Peonies are a perennial favorite in my flower garden and were named the official flower for the State of Indiana in 1957. They grow and flower regularly, some for over 50 years and are quite capable of outliving the gardeners who plant them.  Have you ever driven …

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Monarchs and Milkweed

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Lite and airy butterflies flitting about are a nice addition to any garden area.  To attract butterflies to your garden, it’s important to understand what it is that they most want out of life which is food, a place to sun themselves out of the wind …

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