Spring Fun

Wiche to present gardening
program at Lanier Mansion

She will discuss potager gardens

Staff Report

(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.

Janeen Wiche

Janeen Wiche

“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 Louisville.”
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 Louisville’s 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 bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College and a master’s 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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