Registration open for McHenry County Gardenfest

Educational event will offer 20 breakout groups with industry experts, educators

A speaker presents during McHenry County Gardenfest in 2017.
A speaker presents during McHenry County Gardenfest in 2017.

Come learn about new garden trends, plants and techniques during McHenry County Gardenfest, a daylong series of garden-related seminars and workshops.

The event will be from 7:30 a.m. to
4 p.m. April 6 at McHenry County College, 8900 Route 14, Crystal Lake.

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 will be Dale Sievert, who owns an extensive moss garden. He will discuss “The Sievert gardens – from 1970 until today.” Sievert will outline the almost five-decade evolution of his award-winning moss gardens.

Other Gardenfest topics will include “Best new plants for 2019,” “Invasive species in northern Illinois,” “Hydrangea highlights” and more.

Gardenfest boasts 20 breakout sessions offered in four hourlong segments. Lunch will be served midday in the MCC cafeteria.

New this year is the half-day, kid-friendly session, “Gardening with Family.” The MCC horticultural staff will teach gardening basics to children ages 8 to 14 with an adult (two children may attend with one adult).

Participants also will work in the greenhouse, plant seeds, transplant seedlings and learn about the plants they will take home.

An adult must be present for the duration of the session.

All supplies and morning refreshments will be provided. Registration is required.

Packet pickup begins at 8 a.m., and the class runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The course costs $20 for one adult and one child and $30 for one adult and two children.

Registration forms for Gardenfest are available online at mchenry.edu/gardenfest. Registration is open, and the cost for the event is $45. Space is limited.

The registration deadline is
March 22; no refunds will be issued after that date.

Tickets also can be bought at the door the day of the event for an added $5 fee on a first-come, first-served basis.

For information, visit mchenry.edu/gardenfest, email conferencecenter@mchenry.edu or call 815-479-7570.

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