January 2018

Use caution with Easter lilies if you have cats

Lilies of all types are poisonous to cats, including the beautiful white Eastern lilies we got for the holiday.

Eating just one or two flower petals or leaves can trigger kidney failure and frequently death in cats within a few days. Cats also can be poisoned if they lick pollen-laden paws. If you think your cat has ingested any part of a lily (Lilium), contact your veterinarian immediately.

Beside Easter lily, the family includes tiger lily, rubrum, Asian, Oriental, Martagon and species. Although a different species, daylilies (Hemerocallis) also are poisonous to cats. Calla lilies (Zantedeschia) are not.

City Gardener Program

If you’ve just moved into your first house with a yard and you are unsure of what to do with the lawn, trees and, oh, you might like to have a vegetable or flower garden, then the City Gardener Program is for you.

The Purdue Extension-Marion County City Gardener Program was developed in 2002 for new or inexperienced gardeners. It covers a variety of gardening topics and has a focus on gardening in urban areas.

The 2012 program, which began April 11, offers six Wednesday classes, and you can attend as many as you like. A certificate is awarded to those who attend all six.

Here’s the schedule and topics for the remaining sessions: April 18, Vegetable Gardening Basics; April 25, Pests and Pest Management; May 2, Growing Flowers; May 16, Grass Selection; and May 23, Tree and Shrub Planting. April 11 covered How Plants Grow.

Each class will be 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. at the Marion County Extension office, Discovery Hall, Suite 201, Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1201 E. 38th Street. The fee is $5 per session or $20 for the six classes. You do not have to pay to park to attend these classes.

For more information or to register, visit the Website or contact Debbie Schelske,, (317) 275-9286.






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