Earn your green thumb at the annual McHenry County Gardenfest. Come learn about new garden trends, plants, and techniques at this day-long series of garden-related seminars and workshops.
Gardenfest 2020 will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 4 at McHenry County College, 8900 Route 14, in Crystal Lake.
Gardenfest is an annual educational event co-sponsored by MCC and the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners. Fifteen breakout sessions – 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 will be 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 veggies to grow in the Chicago area based on nutrition, productivity, maintenance and other factors. Moss also will discuss new varieties with new features and old varieties with newly discovered attributes.
The afternoon keynote speaker will be Nina Koziol, a garden design and horticulture instructor at the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Morton Arboretum and a garden writer. 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 will include “Landscapes and Gardens from a Designer’s View,” “Backyard Blueberries and Raspberries,” “Tool Care and Sharpening,” “Best New Plants for 2020,” “Native Plants” and many other classes.
This year’s Gardenfest boasts two keynote speakers and 15 breakout sessions offered in three segments. Each segment lasts about an hour. Lunch will be served midday in the MCC cafeteria, and vendors will sell garden-related wares. Attendees also are eligible for door prizes.
Registration for Gardenfest is available online at mchenry.edu/gardenfest. Registration began Monday, and the cost is $45. Space is limited. The registration deadline is March 27. There will be no refunds after this date. Tickets also can be bought at the door the day of the event (for an additional $5 fee, first come, first served).