to present gardening
program at Lanier Mansion
will discuss potager gardens
(March 2011) Had enough of winter? Prepare
for spring by attending A Garden Affair Encore, a program
sponsored by the Lanier Mansion Foundation, on Saturday, March 19. Louisville
columnist and former radio host Jeneen Wiche will present An American
Potager Garden at the Old Masonic Building at 217 E. Main St.
I will address creating a garden that is both traditional-landscape
inspired and a seasonal vegetable garden, said Wiche. A
potager garden is designed to provide something year round for food
and beauty. The admission of $25 includes a lunch catered by Paradise
Cove Catering. The program begins at noon and concludes at 2 p.m. Doors
open at 11 a.m.
One of the fun things about this event is that the
tables are decorated by Lanier Mansion Foundation board members,
said event co-chair Sandy Schaerli. They are a creative group
and each table has a distinctive look.
Wiche writes a weekly farm and garden column that is published in about
15 community newspapers across Kentucky and Southern Indiana. She also
writes feature columns for Back Home in Kentucky and Edible
For 10 years she produced a weekly garden segment for WDRB-41 television
(which ended in 2009). In the fall of 2001, she joined Louisville Courier-Journal
columnist Bob Hill in producing a radio show for Louisvilles public
radio station, WFPL 89.3 FM. HomeGrown was an hour-long radio show about
horticulture, agriculture and nature, it ended in fall 2010.
Wiche earned her bachelors degree from Kalamazoo College and a
masters in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona.
In addition to her horticultural pursuits, she has been teaching American
Indian Studies courses part-time at the University of Louisville since
1998. She also teaches Food and Body Politic, which addresses the evolution
and consequences of our industrial food system.
She lives with her husband, Andy Smart, in western Shelby County on
the 20 acres called Swallow Rail that her late father began to shape
into a horticultural farm when they moved there in 1979. They have continued
to cultivate the land with an eye toward diversifying the overall farm
and garden scheme, including herbaceous and woody plants, orchard, nut
grove, fruits and vegetables, tall grass prairie, chickens and hopefully
sheep in the spring.
Reservations are required to attend the program.
Call (812) 273-0556 by March 15 to make your reservations.
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