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Wana Cup Restaurant – Foodie Friday

The staff here at the Visitors Center couldn’t wait for lunchtime to roll around this Friday. We’ve all been doing the “New Year thing” with trying to eat healthy, but on Fridays, all bets are off. Zeroing in on some fried food, we made the venture across the street to pick up our to-go order …

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10 Reasons to Visit Shipshewana, Indiana in 2019

Whether you like soaking up the summer heat or playing in the snow, there’s something to enjoy every season in Shipshewana/LaGrange County. While events, attractions, and activities dot the calendar year-round, we summed it up with 10 reasons why you should visit us in 2019: 1. Pajama Sale – February 2 What better way to …

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Guided Bus Tour with Great Life Tours

Eager to start our day full of exploring, we stepped outside the hotel and let the fresh Northern Indiana air wake us up. Our step-on tour guide, Vickie Estep from Great Life Tours, welcomed us aboard the bus, excited about what she had in store for us. With over 10 years of experience, she could …

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Harvesting Holiday Greens

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     I like to add to the festive mood of the holidays by using some of my landscape greens to decorate my planters and window boxes.  Wreaths, swags, and garlands can all be made from plants that are commonly found in the home landscape. Some of the …

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10 Steps to Garden Success

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     I’m sure many of you will be making seed choices for the upcoming garden planting season as you thumb through the pages of the gardening catalogs that will be landing in your mailbox soon.  Making good seed choices is but one of the many steps that …

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Animal Damage in Winter Landscape

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     There is a lot of work that gardeners put into planting and caring for trees and shrubs in the landscape.  One of the most annoying things you can see in the spring is plants that have been gnawed by mice or chewed on by deer and …

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Spider Plant

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     The Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is one of the easiest houseplants to maintain.  They have long, arching leaves, some reaching up to 18 inches long and the color can range from being plain green to a variegated green and white stripe.  They also produce stems with …

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Late Winter Pruning

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Like most people, once March rolls around I am itching to get outdoors and get my hands in some dirt or on some tools. Late winter or early spring, before new growth appears, are considered the best times to prune most plants.  During this time a …

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Kick Off the Holiday Season in Shipshewana, Indiana

The holidays come early in Shipshewana, and we love that. The end of October the elves are out hanging lights and decorating all over town. It’s a nice mix of fall and Christmas decor for a period of time, but once November arrives, it’s an all-out Christmas mood. The Lighting of Shipshewana is the official …

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