Workshop gets gardeners warmed adult for spring

March 6, 2016 - garden totes

DANVILLE — Eager to get into a garden? An arriving Garden Day and Spring Festival will assistance prove that titillate with speakers, vendors, raffle, wordless auction, doorway prizes — and copiousness of plant talk.

For several years, area gardeners have found impulse and new ideas during Garden Day, sponsored by a University of Illinois Extension’s Vermilion County Master Gardeners.

The eventuality will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mar 12 during CrossRoads Church, 3613 N. Vermilion St. Cost is $25 in advance, that includes speakers, a handcrafted dish of soup and sandwiches, and a goody bag.

The open is acquire to revisit a countless vendors and suffer a raffle esteem room during no cost. Vendors sell all from valuables to yard art to plants.

Master Gardeners Debbie Bryant and Mollie Bogart were bustling Friday putting flowers into baskets to offer as centerpieces. They were enjoying removing their hands dirty.

“Everyone wants to see some immature this time of year,” Bryant said. “If we can’t do it (garden), we can speak about it.”

Bogart has been going to a Garden Day for several years, saying, “The vendors and food and setup — they do a miraculous job.”

Keynote orator will be Carol Reese, an teacher during a University of Tennessee, and nationally famous garden speaker, columnist for a Jackson Sun, and a writer to Fine Gardening and Horticulture. Her talk, “Walk on a Wild Side,” will plead how a wildlife garden can come to life with hummingbirds, bees and butterflies, nonetheless still have a clever clarity of design. Learn how to emanate a medium with year-round interest for humans, as good as a wildlife that visits.

Other speakers include:

• “Safety in a Garden” by John Bodensteiner, Master Gardener and radio and TV personality. Bodensteiner will plead how gardening can be a good approach to suffer a outdoors, bake calories, urge your village and eat healthier. However, it also can be a practical minefield of haven issues. In this presentation, attendees will learn how to strengthen themselves.

• “Raised Garden Beds” by Walter Deck, owners of Walt’s Acres in Ridge Farm. Deck has endless lifted beds on his skill and will share what he has schooled by investigate and hands-on experience. He also will be a businessman during Garden Day and be accessible for questions after his presentation.

Garden Day is a largest Master Gardener fundraiser in Vermilion County, and several committees make certain all runs smoothly.

“It’s a vast event,” pronounced Carol Miller, authority of a wordless auction/raffle room. “It’s a arch approach of creation income and educating a community.”

Attendees will accumulate a lot of garden-related information, though also, she said, “You substantially could go home with something.”

There will be 50 doorway prizes, and also 40-50 baskets raffled off, with tickets offering 6 for $5. Many of a baskets will be filled with gardening items.

In a raffle room, people will place their sheet into a flower pot in front of a basket they want; a name will be drawn from a pots and a leader will get that basket.

For a wordless auction and raffle, a accumulation of equipment and services will be offered, including: a vast composter, unstable greenhouse, dumpcart filled with gardening items, 30 tickets to Danville Dans games, Cubs tickets, a hulk pressed rabbit with a vast terrarium from a hothouse during a Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System, a Color Splash celebration during a Danville Art League, 12 yards of compost delivered in Vermilion County, AMC film passes, pansy baskets, mulch and most more.

In addition, profitable guest will accept a receptacle bag filled with gardening information, coupons, a catalog from Proven Winners and assorted goodies. For example, a sugarine cookie done with cream cheese in a baggie will be trustworthy to any leaflet supposing by Liberty Estates.

Miller will assistance a Liberty Estates cook make 225 cookies, and volunteers will insert them to a magazines.

Garden Day Vendors include: Schuren Nursery, Illini FS, Berry’s Garden Center, International Greenhouse Supply, Ewe Poo Compost, Walt’s Acres, Bryant Art Farm, Wrought Iron Garden Art, Georgetown Pallet, Bowlin Chiropractor, Sandy’s Breads, The Herb Basket and University of Illinois Master Naturalists.

Profits from this eventuality are used to account and say Master Gardener educational programs and village projects in a county.


To haven your mark for a University of Illinois Extension Garden Day Workshop and Spring Festival, revisit a website during to compensate $25 by credit card. Or stop by a Vermilion County Extension bureau during 3164 N. Vermilion to compensate by money or check.

For some-more information, call 442-8615. You might wait and compensate $30 during a door, though space is singular and in new years Garden Day sole out in advance.

The vendors and raffle room are open to a open during no charge.

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