Garden club to feature local birding expert April 16

Published 3:11 pm Wednesday, April 3, 2024

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SAWYER — The River Valley Garden Club’s April 16 meeting will feature Lynea Hinchman, a birding expert and lifelong resident of the Indiana Dunes.  The meeting is open to the public and starts at 1 pm with the presentation starting at 2 pm at the Harbert Community Church at the corner of Three Oaks and Harbert Roads in Sawyer.

“Birds are so connected to gardening,” said Elizabeth Palulis, president of the garden club. “We are all looking forward to learning more about birds, especially the local ones. The garden club’s biggest project is coming up soon:  The annual garden club plant sale will be May 18 this year. The sale is a great kickoff to spring and provides an opportunity for potential members to see members in action,” she added.

Hinchman has been a birder for more than forty years.  Although she has birded on all seven continents, the Dunes remains Lynea’s favorite birding location.  She is personally familiar, both by sight and sound, with all the avian species found in the Dunes area. Her passion for nature should be obvious when she speaks at the garden club.  

Anyone with an interest in gardening is always welcome at the River Valley Garden Club. The club has field trips, guest speakers, a member’s plant auction, and hands-on workshops in addition to the annual plant sale.  The club is also involved in service projects throughout the year. Members come from Indiana and throughout southwest Michigan.  For more information contact Elizabeth Palulis at 269-362-4564 or email her at  Also visit the club’s website,