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Plant Propagation Workshop at Sarah's Garden on July 28


Add a little of Sarah's Garden to your backyard landscape with exclusive Propagation Workshop
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – On Saturday, July 28 from 9 a.m. to Noon, the University of Illinois Extension McLean County Master Gardeners will be conducting a Plant Propagation Workshop at the award-winning and city treasure, Sarah's Garden at the David Davis Mansion. Many of the plants propagated will be of heirloom origin and a plant that Sarah Davis grew over 100 years ago.
If you would love to be able to populate your own garden with 140-year-old horticultural treasures, do not miss this unique opportunity to take home cuttings from Sarah's Garden! You do not have to be an expert – with a handful of simple steps, most plants can be cloned in just weeks and you will be guided the entire workshop by experienced Master Gardeners. Sarah's Garden is an original, restored 144-year old treasure at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site in Bloomington, Illinois.
University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners of McLean County partners with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the David Davis Mansion Foundation Board to restore, care, provide educational programming, host tours and outreach from Sarah's Garden. This collaboration resulted in Master Gardener development of ever-expanding educational efforts for youth and the public while restoring this unique historic quarter-acre flower garden as a living museum with seven plants original to its 1872 creation and 70 more documented heirlooms.
Are you a gardener interested in learning how to create more plants? This hands-on workshop is for you! Master Gardeners would like to create a unique experience for attendees while giving new plants to grow in their own garden. Be part of this rich history and join the McLean Master Gardeners as they tour the past through horticulture.
University of Illinois Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup says, "Learning propagation from the Master Gardeners will be a technique you will use for all of your future gardening endeavors and it is fun to do."All attendees will·Create more perennials using proven propagation techniques·Learn to harvest and save seed to grow new perennials and annuals·Enjoy an exclusive tour of the historic Sarah's Garden and more! Your neighbors will be impressed with your new knowledge of propagation and admire your new heirloom rose in the landscape.
Advance registration is required and there is a $10 registration fee to cover the cost of supplies. To register, visitgo.illinois.edu/RegisterLMWor call the McLean County Extension Office at (309) 663-8306. Sarah's Garden is located at David Davis Mansion (1000 Monroe Drive in Bloomington, IL 61701)


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