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2018 Illinois Master Gardener Conference and awards Ceremony

September 7th at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield

Optional Pre-Conference Historical Garden Tours September 6th

Please join your fellow Illinois Master Gardeners as we celebrate our state award winners and in this bicentennial year, discover the historical gardens and sites of our state capitol September 6th and 7th. Conference location is the fabulous Crowne Plaza at 3000 S Dirksen Pkwy in Springfield. Extend your trip to include the Abraham Lincoln Museum. Your conference name badge allows you an entrance discount.

Conference features three special speakers, Awards Ceremony, lunch buffet and plenty of shopping opportunities. Conference alone counts as 6 CEU's for MGs. Do a little shopping among vendors and at the silent auction to support the statewide Master Gardener programs. All for only $40 per person. Add in the pre-conference tours of Lincoln sites/historical gardens and it's just $75 with an added half day tour or $115 a person for the full day tour package and counts as 10.5 or 14.5 CEUs for both days. Master Gardeners may bring one adult guest. All participants must register separately. Registration closes August 31, 2018. Register Here

2018 Illinois Master Gardener Conference and Awards Ceremony

The preliminary schedule for Conference and Awards Ceremony September 7:

Crowne Plaza at 3000 S Dirksen Pkwy in Springfield, Illinois

7:45 am - 9:00 am Coffee and pastries in pre-function ballroom
8:00 am Registration opens. Time to shop among garden vendors and silent auction
9:00 am Welcome
9:15 am - 10:10 am Greg Pierceall, landscape architect - Renovation of a Home Landscape, a look at before, during and after
10:25 am - 11:20 am Chris Benda, Illinois Botanizer
11:45 am Vendors and Silent Auction, Lunch
12:45 pm Lighting Rounds, Teamwork or Mini-Grant Application Winners
1:20 pm Awards Ceremony
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Carol Reese, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist, Univ of Tennessee Extension "Luscious Landscape Edibles" Some edible plants are lovely enough to be used as ornamentals. Some are pretty but so susceptible to problems that they are more vexing than rewarding. Let Carol recommend the ones that dependably provide a feast for the eye and for the table with the least sweat equity.
3:30 pm Happy Trails. End of Program