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MCC to host Gardenfest 2014

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2:05 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:13 a.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – Forget the polar vortex and “Chiberia” and get inspired through the “Ready, Set, Grow” workshops and seminars at Gardenfest 2014 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, in the Luecht Conference Center at McHenry County College, located at 8900 U.S. Hwy. 14.

Gardenfest 2014 is sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners in conjunction with the McHenry County College Workforce and Community Development Division.

The keynote speaker is Amanda Thomsen, garden designer, blogger and author. She will share ideas on how to customize your garden in her humorous and educational talk entitled “Making It Yours.” Thomsen has appeared in the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, the Proven Winners Outdoor Extravaganza and Gardenscape NY. Her book, “Kiss My Aster: a Graphic Guide for Creating a Fantastic Yard Tailored to You” will be featured and available for sale.  Amanda Thomsen writes for Fine Gardening, Green Profit and Proven Winners.

Master gardeners and other experts will present a wide variety of informative workshops including: Best New Plants for 2014, How to Enhance the Curb Appeal of your Home, Tips for Creating a Sustainable Backyard Vegetable Garden, Top 25 herbs for the Home Garden, Care of Pine and Spruce trees, Beekeeping Basics, the Cottage Garden, Hostas in the Landscape, Lessons Learned from the Early President’s Gardens, Drought Tree Stress, Native Plants in your Garden and many others.

Cost is $40 for general admission and $25 for MCC horticulture students. Lunch is included in the fee. Registration forms can be downloaded at

Forms can be faxed to (815) 479-7775. For more information about Gardenfest 2014, call (815) 479-7570 or e-mail

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