Looking Ahead to Spring Gardens

U of I Extension shares ways to start planning now.

Danville, Ill - The spring like temps may inspire you to start planting your garden.
Here with the dirt on how to create a beautiful garden this year Jenney Hanrahan Horticulture Program coordinator for the U of I Vermilion County Extension Office.
 
Vermilion County Master Gardeners Kick off Spring with Annual Spring Garden Day Workshop at DACC
 
The University of Illinois Extension Vermilion County Garden Day Workshop and Spring Festival is right around the corner with everything plant lovers enjoy: phenomenal speakers, vendors, delicious hot lunch, a silent auction and door prizes. It is a great way to shake off the winter doldrums and get inspiration for this year’s garden.
 
This year’s annual Master Gardener event is Saturday, March 11, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at Danville Area Community College. The first program, ‘Garden Trends,’ with DACC Horticulture Educator Amanda Krabbe will cover scatter gardens for the lazy gardener, underused edibles like carrot tops and more.
 
The second program, ‘8 months of Color in the Garden,’ is with Master Gardener Pat Sollars. Sollars grows over 300 types of perennials. She will share how to have gorgeous blooms from early spring through late autumn.
 
The Keynote speaker is the popular author and national speaker Doug Tallamy. Many homeowners are concerned that natives are prone to insect damage, unattractive and cannot be used formally. Tallamy will dispel these myths and offer ways to make your property a showpiece without losing its ecological purpose. 
 
To enjoy the speakers, amazing lunch prepared by the DACC Culinary Arts School, and goody bag, stop by the Vermilion County Extension office at 3164 N Vermilion in Danville and prepay $25 by cash or check. Space is limited and in recent years Garden Day sold out before the big day. Vendors, raffle and silent auction are open to the public at no charge.
 
To pay by credit card, visit the website go.illinois.edu/Garden Day. We only accept credit card payments online.
 
Profits are used to fund Master Gardener educational programs and community projects in Vermilion County. If you have questions, call the University of Illinois Extension office at 217.442.8615.
 
 

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