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Ready... Set.... Grow

March 9, 2013
8:30 AM

Location: Sauk Valley Community College

173 Illinois Route 2
Dixon, IL 61021

Description: Join University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners from Ogle, Lee, and Whiteside counties for this gardening event on Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Sauk Valley Community College, Dixon, IL.

CLICK HERE to view and download the Ready...Set...Grow BROCHURE

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with a welcome & overview starting at 9:00 a.m. Participants will be able to choose from the following:

9:15 to 10:15 am sessions:

  • Succulent Container Gardens
  • Composting Essentials
  • This Organic Soil
  • Starting a Community Garden
  • Sustainable Landscapes: Using Low-Maintenance Native Plants.

10:30 to 11:30 am sessions:

  • Magical Miniature Gardens
  • Beneficial Insects & Pollinators
  • Seed Starting at Home
  • Growing Vegetables
  • Waterscaping Your Landscape.

12:30 to 1:30 pm sessions:

  • Vertical Gardening
  • New for 2013: Latest in Annuals & Perennials
  • Common Garden Pests in the Vegetable Garden
  • Rain Barrels
  • Wonderful World of Beekeeping.

Keynote Presentation: Ornamental Edible Gardens

Mark Dwyer, Director of Horticuluture at the Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, Wisconsin will present "Ornamental Edible Gardens." While growing our own food is not a novel concept, the approach of incorporating "ornamental edibles" throughout our landscapes ia an innovative and beautiful approach. Ornamental edibles are plants that provide significant beauty but are also dual-purpose in that they provide food, flavoring or other attributes that make them "kitchen-worthy." Learn how to incorporate a wide range of ornamental edibles into your garden borders, containers, and any open nook and cranny.

Mark will also present "Vertical Gardening" in session three.

Registration cost is $40 per person which includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, chance to win door prizes, and a welcome bag courtesy of Ball Seed Company.

Master Gardeners will be available to answer your gardening questions along with vendors with gardening information and items for purchase. For more information, contact University of Illinois Extension - Ogle County at 815.732.2191

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