Celebrate Indiana’s 200th in Flowers

Writer / Nancy Craig

This year is the Bicentennial Celebration for Indiana, and we joined the Indiana Garden Club’s Bicentennial Project and planted blue and gold flowers in honor of the Indiana state flag. We made special containers, planted around New Hope Church’s flagpole and added flowers in these colors to our gardens.

My great nephew Eli and I used the “Thriller, Filler, Spiller” technique for our containers. We added to his container that already had the blue elephant ear plant (thriller), gold strawflowers (filler) and blue Calibrachoa/Million Bell petunias (spiller). For my container, I chose gold lantana (thriller), blue fan flowers/Scaevola (filler) and gold nasturtiums (spiller).

Eli just finished the fourth grade where his class studied Indiana history. Read about the state flag and other fun facts at the Indiana Historical Society website: bit.ly/state-flag-facts.

At my church, New Hope Church, the Children of Hope preschool planted gold and blue flowers around the flagpole. We planted yellow marigolds, blue salvia and blue ageratums, plus blue and gold gladiolus. In the church’s Butterfly Garden, we added lots of nasturtiums in gold and more blues with Stokes’ Asters “Klaus Jelitto.” Then in the fall, we will add gold chrysanthemums and blue asters/Aster novae-angliae.

Check the Indiana Garden Club’s website for more information and a flower list at gardenclubofindiana.org. Also see Purdue University horticulturist Rosie Lerner’s article: “Blue & Gold gardens celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial” at bit.ly/23WkmZa.

From the state of Indiana’s poem:
“Indiana … is a garden
Where the seeds of peace have grown,
Where each tree, and vine and flower
Has a beauty … all its own.

Happy 200th Birthday, Indiana!

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