University of Illinois Extension welcomes spring at its 41st annual garden symposium, Gardening for Food, Flowers & Fun. This one-day event offers inspiration, ideas, and innovation for area gardeners. U of I Extension educators, Master Gardeners, and other plant experts will present a variety of education sessions and hands-on workshops.
The admission fee includes lunch, a keynote presentation and the attendee’s choice of three additional education classes. Register online at go.illinois.edu/GFFF2018 or by calling the Winnebago County Extension Office at 815-986-4357.
Gardening for Food, Flowers & Fun opens with a special keynote presentation, “Designing Edible-Ornamental Small Space Gardens,” presented by Bill Shores, owner of Urban Edible in Chicago. Shores has been involved in small-scale intensive gardening and food production for the past 20 years. He will share a slide show and discussion of unique and beautiful spaces devoted to producing food for both homes and restaurants. Participants will learn how urban residential spaces can be transformed into highly productive organic gardens that also serve as outdoor living and entertaining spaces.
Attendees will select three classes, in addition to the keynote. to round out their day. There are 12 unique education sessions to choose from including, season extension and succession planting for high yield gardens, straw bale gardening, Victorian style flower gardening, attracting birds to your yard, beekeeping as a hobby, butterflies and wildflowers, DIY herbal scrubs, best new plants for 2018, and more! Some sessions fill early so reserve your spot today!
If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Extension office at 815-986-4357.