Extension Educator, Horticulture
As a gardener I am thankful for many things. I am thankful that creeping Charlie makes my lawn look lush and green…from far away. I am thankful that the eating machines we call caterpillars, eventually turn into lovely flights of color.
That I have a loving husband who calmly waits for my return while I enter my glassy eyed new plant trance.
I am thankful that I can look into the eye of a flower and see the beauty of the whole world. I am thankful that there are still wild places and that there are people who passionately work to keep them wild. That I have winter to plan and reminisce over last year's garden, but in spring I get another chance to try new things and continue old traditions. I'm thankful that odoriferous manure becomes the sweet black gold of compost. I'm thankful that I get to work with some of the most giving people in the world - gardeners.
A few entries in a gardener's gratitude journal:
If you need a reason to look forward to next year, here are a few events to keep your green thumb itching.
January 6-8, 2010: Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism and Organic Conference, Crowne Plaza, Springfield, IL. Speak with educators and growers, and check out markets. Programs cover a wide variety of crops including apples, peaches, grapes, vegetables, organics and herbs. http://www.specialtygrowers.org PH: 309-557-2107.
January 20-22: MidAm Trade Show and Workshops McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. This is the place to be for educational programs and to check out all the latest gizmos and gadgets. See what's hot and what's new in landscaping, flowers, turf, and trees. www.midam.org PH: 800-223-8761.
January 16: Herb Day at Holiday Inn in Urbana. PH: 217-333-1969.
January 23: A Winter Day in the Garden. Sponsored by the Crawford County Master Gardeners and Lincoln Trail College at Lincoln Trail's Zwermann Theatre in Robinson, IL http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/crawford or call 618-546-1549.
March 6-14: Chicago Flower and Garden Show Navy Pier Chicago, IL. Enjoy lovely gardens, educational seminars, cooking demonstrations and marketplace. http://www.chicagoflower.com/ PH: 773-435-1250.
March 26 and 27 Spring into Gardening Garden Day 2010 sponsored by UI Extension Champaign County Master Gardeners at I-Hotel Champaign, IL.. Enjoy nationally known speakers and shop among unique vendors. To register go to http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/champaign/ or call 217-333-7672.