Friday, February 14, 2020

10:00 Hydroponics - Laurie George, University of Illinois Extension Educator presents Local Food Systems and Small Farms joined by Christine Lueking, Program Coordinator, ANR.  She will have a small working system, so you can see how it works.

11:00 A Walk on the Wild Side - Brent Heath-Brent & Becky’s Bulbs - The Good Lord created many incredible, interesting and beautiful plants and flowers. The species (wild) bulb flowers are among the most beautiful, diverse, complex but easy to grow group of plants. From hundreds of geophyte's (bulb) genera (types) have come many thousands of spectacular hybrids and cultivars. The species themselves are spectacular in their own right and often out persist their own progeny in longevity, perennialization and for sure, naturalization. We will take a look at species bulbs through the seasons and garden situations helping you decide what, when, where and how to grow and color gardens with flower bulbs.

12:30 Ecology of Spring Ephemeral Wild Flowers presented by Christopher David Benda, MS, aka Illinois Botanizer, Ephemeral - "short-lived" perennial plants that are dormant most of the year and only grow in the spring.  In the spring Illinois forests are covered in beautiful wild flowers of all colors.

1:30 Bulbs as Companion Plants by Brent Heath-Brent & Becky’s Bulbs - Whether you are planning to plant bulbs in a fresh, newly prepared empty garden, or whether you are adding them to an already existing one, this seminar will have the answers for you! With exquisite slides illustrating the seminar, you will be introduced to the best of the best...the right bulbs for the right spots. You'll learn how to combine bulbs, perennials, annuals, ground covers and flowering shrubs that will create just the feeling you want to generate for four seasons in your garden. After seeing and experiencing this seminar, you'll leave with information and inspiration to produce a garden that you, your neighbors and friends will enjoy all year.

3:00 Illinois Wild Flowers for the Home Garden by Christopher David Benda, MS discusses how Illinois native wildflowers can be adapted to the home garden.

4:00 Heirloom Bulbs for Restoration Gardens by Brent Health.  Flower bulbs were among the first plants in commerce and are even mentioned several times in the Bible. Whether it's a colonial home or a grandmother's garden that you wish to restore with authentic bulbs of the time, your options include a palette full of colors, seasons, heights, shapes and sizes. This talk will cover hundreds of possibilities anywhere from 50 to over 500 hundred years old and will be highlighted with slides taken in real gardens. Many of the garden slides are from gardens like Monticello, Colonial Williamsburg, Mount Vernon and a wealth of other period gardens.

5:30 Inflammation & Pain Relief with Herbal Remedies by Terry Hickey of Dayenpur Herbs.  Everyone  can relate to inflammation an dpain, but how can you treat it naturally?  Learn about anti-inflammatory herbs that can help reduce pain and promote health.

6:30 Healing Power of Doterra Essential Oils by Judy Yoder.  A class to get people started on using Doterra Essential oils.  The are pwerful, pure and so helpful.

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

10:00 Mosaics - Dave and Judy Mason. Create a 4" x 6" stained glass mosaic which could be framed.  Cost $15.00

11:00 Herb Bread with Meanings - Father Dominic Garramone, OSB.  Combining baking with history and gardening, Fr. Dom will tell us about 3 breads, which use symbolic herbs to send messages of compassion and support to those you love.

1:00 Selective Backyard Bird Feeding - Steve & Reina Garr of Birds-I-View - Who eats what, where, when and sometimes why (although we dont always know why!)  From plants to insects to types of seed, see what foods habitate & "eating style" your favorite backyard birds prefer.  Includes tips on discouraging those certain birds and wildlife which may not be so welcome in your backyard.

2:00 Monastic Herb Gardens - Father Dominic Garramone, OSB - Slides fro the Monastery Gardens and how plants and herbs are used.

3:30 New Roses for 2020 - Diane & Roger Brueckman.  New trends in the rose industry.  Roises today are more disease resistant, many are fragrant and have uique flower shapes and colors.  Going green is not a dream but a possibility.

4:30 CBD/Hemp Question and Answer Session! - Rachel Aissa, Ower at The CBC Wellness Center of Mt. Vernon - Many have claimed CBD has helped with pain/inflammation, mental health issues like anxiety and depression, arthritis, migraines, fatigue, psoriasis and sleep issues, increase focus, energy, and mental clarity.  If you're curious about  CBD and want to learn more, join Rachel  for this question and answer session.  With over 10 years in the industry, she's eager to share with you her experience within it.  How CBD works within the body, methods of delivery to the body, and how to shop for a safe product will also be covered.

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

12:00 Pioneer Herbs, Remedies and Sayings - Treasa Brookman, Master Gardener - What did they use before modern medicines as they came across America?  Some worked, some were folk lore, some from the Indians.

1:00 Herbal Tea - Ellen Wilson, Ellen's Herbal Tea, Learn the benefits of herbal teas.

2:00 Landscaping with Native Plants, Shrubs and Tree - Sarah Lee, Master Gardener - She will show native plants for growing in our area.

3:00 Straw Bale Gardening - Perry White.  Learn how easy to garden using straw bales.

***All classes and times are subject to change.

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