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2017 Home, Lawn and Garden Day Announced

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension McLean County Master Gardeners would like to invite you to their 15th annual Home, Lawn and Garden Day on Saturday, March 4 at Central Catholic High School. Home, Lawn and Garden Day is a day dedicated to garden fun and is the ideal place to get inspiration for future garden projects, fall in love with a must-have plant or learn the basics of everyday gardening. McLean County Master Gardeners host their annual Home, Lawn and Garden Day just in time to beat the winter blues. You can register at the University of Illinois Extension website stop by the McLean County Extension Office [1615 Commerce Parkway, Bloomington]. Online registration will be available until February 23.Home, Lawn and Garden Day is an event packed full of gardening speakers and workshops including Keynote speaker, Chris Benda. Chris Benda is a botanist for the Illinois Natural History Survey. He is an accomplished photographer, author, and advocate of natural areas in Illinois. He will teach gardeners how to incorporate Illinois' beautiful native flowers right into their own garden space. The day will open with a group of floral designers demonstrating their talent on stage for all to see.The fee for this daylong program is $50. The day includes, in addition to our keynote speaker and floral demonstrations, a choice of three additional classes, morning refreshments, and lunch. Hands-on workshops may have additional costs to cover materials that may be used. With over 35 breakout sessions to choose from, there is sure to be something for every type of gardener.Some of the breakout sessions offered include tempting tropicals, wacky ways to grow orchids, attracting cardinals to your garden, herbs, turf tips, shade gardening, container gardening and growing vegetables with companion plants.There will be plenty of time to visit and shop with the many exhibitors. It is an excellent opportunity to meet and talk with your local garden center representatives about new products or to purchase a new garden treasure for spring. This year, there will also be a silent auction to support the McLean County Master Gardeners community projects. For questions about the program, or if you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact us at the McLean County Extension Office at (309) 663-8306.

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