Meet Chicagoland Experts at Gardenfest 2020

Arts and Entertainment

February 12, 2020

From: McHenry County Master Gardeners

Earn your green thumb at the annual McHenry County Gardenfest. Learn about garden trends, new plants and techniques at this day-long series of garden-related seminars.

Gardenfest 2020 will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Route 14, Crystal Lake. Gardenfest is an annual educational event co-sponsored by MCC and the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners. Fifteen seminars — presented by industry experts, U of I Extension educators, Extension Master Gardeners and MCC instructors — will cover a myriad of gardening topics.

The morning keynote speaker is William Moss, a TV garden host, author, producer and educator. He will present "Get Out and Grow Veggies 2020," which will review 20 of the best vegetables to grow in Chicagoland, based on nutrition, productivity, maintenance and other factors.

The afternoon keynote speaker is Nina Koziol, a writer and garden design and horticulture instructor at the Chicago Botanic Garden and The Morton Arboretum. Koziol will present “The Gardener as Artist,” a look at public and private gardens — from the quirky and magical to the elegant and innovative — and the plants and garden art within them.

Other 2020 Gardenfest topics include “Landscapes and Gardens From a Designer’s View,” “Backyard Blueberries and Raspberries,” “Tool Care and Sharpening,” “Best New Plants for 2020” and “Native Plants.” 

Besides two keynote speakers, this year’s Gardenfest features three one-hour sessions, with five topics in each session to choose from. Lunch will be served midday in the MCC cafeteria. Attendees are also eligible for door prizes.

Registration for Gardenfest is now open at mchenry.edu/gardenfest. Tickets are $45 each, with lunch included. Space is limited, so register early. The registration deadline is March 27; 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.