McHenry County Gardenfest 2019

Arts and Entertainment

April 6, 2019

From: McHenry County Master Gardeners

For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:

Master Gardener Milena Buck, 815-459-4430, milenab2000@gmail.com

Master Gardener Agnes Burkus, 815-455-6872, agnesburkus@yahoo.com

Master Gardener Michelle Walsh, 847-515-7026, mbyrnew@comcast.net

McHenry County Gardenfest 2019

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Presented by

University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners

and McHenry County College 

Costs $45 and includes lunch

Welcome spring at the McHenry County Gardenfest. Come learn about new garden trends, plants and techniques at this daylong series of garden-related seminars and workshops.

Gardenfest 2019 will be held 7:30 a.m-4 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at McHenry County College (MCC), 8900 U.S. Route 14, in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Gardenfest is an annual educational event co-sponsored by MCC and the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners. A total of 20 breakout sessions — presented by industry experts, U of I Extension educators, Master Gardeners and MCC instructors — will cover a myriad of gardening topics.

The keynote speaker is Dale Sievert, who owns an extensive moss garden, discussing "The Sievert Gardens — From 1970 Until Today." Sievert will outline the nearly five-decade evolution of his award-winning moss gardens. He will also reveal how his style and thoughts about gardening have changed over the years.

Other 2019 Gardenfest topics will include “Best New Plants for 2019,” “Invasive Species in Northern Illinois,” “How to Vermicompost and Build Your Own Worm Bin” and “Hydrangea Highlights.”

Gardenfest boasts 20 breakout sessions offered in four segments; each segment lasts an hour. Lunch will be served midday in the MCC cafeteria. Attendees are eligible for door prizes.

New this year is “Gardening With Family,” a kid-friendly half-day session. The MCC horticultural staff will teach gardening basics to children ages 8-14 with an adult present (two children may attend with one adult). Participants will work in the greenhouse, start seeds, transplant seedlings and learn about the plants that they will take home. An adult must be present for the duration of the session. All supplies and morning refreshments will be provided. Advance registration is required. Packet pickup begins at 8 a.m. The class runs from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Cost: $20 for one adult and one child; $30 for one adult and two children.

Registration forms for Gardenfest are available online at mchenry.edu/gardenfest. Registration is now open and the cost for Gardenfest is $45. Space is limited, so register early. The registration deadline is March 22; no refunds after this date. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the day of the event (for an added $5 fee, first come, first served). For more information, visit mchenry.edu/gardenfest, email conferencecenter@mchenry.edu or call 815-479-7570.