U of I enlargement to host McHenry County Gardenfest on April 10
Earn your inexperienced thumb in your pajamas on the 2021 McHenry County Gardenfest Digital Competition, which runs from 9 a.m. to midday on Saturday, April 10, through Zoom. You’ll find out about new backyard traits, vegetation and strategies throughout this collection of half-day backyard seminars.
Gardenfest has been hosted by the College of Illinois’ McHenry County Grasp Gardeners in particular person for over 20 years, and this yr it can happen nearly.
A keynote speaker begins the seminar at 9 a.m., adopted by six breakout periods introduced by trade specialists, U of I extension grasp gardeners and extension educators.
“We’re delighted to carry the Gardenfest to a digital platform this yr,” stated Suzanne Morrissey, Gardenfest committee co-chair. “Attendees can have the choice to look at the keynote speaker in addition to two programs as dwell on-line periods, however attendees will then have entry to recordings of all six periods for a restricted time.”
The keynote speaker for the morning might be Diane Blazek, govt director of the Nationwide Backyard Bureau and All-America Alternatives, primarily based in Downers Grove, Illinois. Blazek will current “Inspiring Plant Varieties for Your Future Backyard”, which can cowl the Nationwide Backyard Bureau’s “12 months Of” program, in addition to among the revolutionary merchandise that NGB members are engaged on. She can even have enjoyable anecdotes about previous, current and future gardens.
The six themes of Gardenfest 2021 might be:
• “Hydroponics at McHenry County Faculty” by Wealthy Tobiasz. He’ll current an summary of the makes use of of hydroponics by MCC as a way of soilless cultivation of vegetation, and finish the session with a tour of the MCC hydroponics space. Tobiasz is an Assistant Professor at McHenry County Faculty the place he teaches each horticulture and agriculture programs.
• “Lengthy-flowering perennials” by Kim Hartmann. Learn to choose perennials that flower for a very long time and mix properly. Hartmann will share mixture and design concepts to create an extended flowering development in your perennial panorama. Create a visually putting and harmonious search for your backyard utilizing coloration, texture, peak and bloom! She is a landscaper who has labored with Countryside for 14 years.
• “Develop your individual bouquets” by Liz Cardella. Discover out what makes a gorgeous lower flower and the most efficient annuals and perennials. Learn to lengthen the lifetime of your lower flowers with correct harvesting and post-harvest care. Matters lined are: when to plant, to start out seed, mattress preparation and upkeep, mulching and plant help, harvesting, lifeless head and post-harvest look after long-lasting flowering. Cardella is the proprietor / grower of Collie Flower Farm, a 4 acre lower flower farm positioned in historic Woodstock.
• “Native Crops: Magnificence and Advantages” by Carol Rice and Kris Corridor. Be taught in regards to the worth of native vegetation to the atmosphere and wildlife. Emphasis might be positioned on the function householders can play in offering pure habitat, as populations of pollinators, birds and different wildlife have declined dramatically in recent times. Rice has been lively on the Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee for over 30 years. Corridor, a retired instructor, is the supervisor of WPPC’s mentoring program, A Pure Backyard in Your Yard.
• “Landscaping for Birds” by Lisa Maier. McHenry County Vice President Audubon will focus on utilizing natives to satisfy main chook wants; meals, shelter, and nesting plus different suggestions you possibly can implement in your backyard to draw and assist birds thrive.
• “Group composting” by Sarah Farley and Amy DeLorenzo. Throughout this session, they’ll focus on the difficulty of meals waste composting and discover collective options. The session will embrace an summary of the basics, ideas and fashions of group composting. Members will take part in small group discussions and go away with assets and concepts on find out how to implement composting of their group. Farley is the Native Meals Techniques and Smallholder Farming Extension Educator in Lake and McHenry Counties. DeLorenzo is an extension educator positioned on the Discovery Companions Institute in downtown Chicago.
Members will select to look at two of those six programs dwell on-line. Then, as soon as the seminars are over, members can have entry to the recordings of the six periods for a restricted time.
Registrants will obtain directions for utilizing Zoom after registering; the Energetic Zoom hyperlink might be emailed the day earlier than, April ninth.
Registration for the Gardenfest is accessible on extension.illinois.edu/occasions/2021-04-10-virtual-2021-gardenfest.
The registration charge is $ 20, payable by bank card. Area is restricted to 150, so register early. The registration deadline is April 4 or till capability is reached. No refund might be given.
A number of native distributors, who’ve supported U of I Extension Grasp Gardeners previously, will supply their services and products via web sites and on-line contact data.
Go to sellers at extension.illinois.edu.
For extra data, e-mail Brenda Dahlfors at firstname.lastname@example.org or name the U of I Extension McHenry County workplace at (815) 338-3737.