June Garden Talks

June 8th  Saturday – 10:00 Barn Office

Invasive Walk

Using Indiana DNR and Purdue University websites as resources, I will discuss the meaning of the word “invasive”, point out plants that are too numerous at Tryon Farm and compare methods of control.  The program will include a presentation in the barn and a walk around Tryon.

Betsy Elsaesser lifelong interest in plants and gardening, many hours of restoration work with the Forest Preserves of Chicago, Shirley Heinz Land Trust and the North Park Village Nature Center. I am currently a Certified Arborist and a member of the International Society of Arborists. My years of volunteer teaching with Openlands was recognized at their graduation ceremony this month in Chicago. I am still active in the TreeKeepers program.

June 22nd Saturday – 10:00 Barn Office

Make and Take Bouquet Workshop 

Sign up at:  https://lyndsaysflowers.com/product/bouquet-workshop/

Flowers come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Shaping these elements together in a artful, thoughtful way can result in a personalized and professional, standout bouquet. Lyndsay from Lyndsay’s Flowers will get you started with some basic flower arranging tips and a lovely collection of seasonal flowers and accent greenery. Enjoy this two-hour event and leave with a long-lasting living arrangement.


• $25/per person – all supplies provided by Lyndsay’s Flowers (but do bring special accessories if you wish)

• Deadline for orders is one week prior to event

Max. 12 people

Lyndsay Ploehn is the owner of Lyndsay’s Flowers, a family run flower farm dedicated to growing beautiful flowers—sustainable, affordable, local—so you can enjoy beautiful, hand-crafted bouquets regularly.

Our flowers are grown at our family homestead (1945) on some of the most fertile soil in Indiana, an area famously known as the twelve-mile prairie in Central Indiana. Raising flowers on an already awe-inspiring landscape warms my heart. My grandfather was a farmer and self-taught gardener, my dad is a landscaper and avid gardener, and I am a horticulturist following in their footsteps. The term “local” in my family meant to walk to the garden in the backyard.

My passion grew, such that I graduated in public horticulture from Purdue University. I interned at the prestigious Longwood Gardens and later became a horticulturist at the Morton Arboretum. In these years, I was in tune with the plants, learned valuable techniques from professionals, and saw flowers in a new light. Then I became a Purdue Extension Educator, and my path focused more on the people. As I taught Master Gardeners, I learned to listen to the people and connect with my community. Now, with our family run flower farm, I am able to use my talents in horticulture and education for the people in my community.

About TryonFarmInstitute

Tryon Farm Institute, Inc. (TFI) is an Indiana chartered non-profit land trust and education organization with a mission to connect human and natural communities by promoting habitat diversity and sustainable land husbandry.

One comment

  1. Betsy Elsaesser

    June 8 program is RAIN or SHINE.

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