Naturally Rockford: Gardening for food and fun offers winter respite

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Just when you were starting to think winter would never end, the Winnebago County Master Gardeners and Rock Valley College are sponsoring a spring preview.

The 30th Annual Gardening for Food and Fun will be Saturday, March 3 at the Stenstrom Center for Continuing Education, 4151 Samuelson Rd. in Rockford. Last year’s event was sold out, so participants are encouraged to register early.

Developed for both novice and expert gardeners, the event offers 34 workshops and seminars. Participants can learn about bonsai, seed starting, vegetable and perennial gardening, living wreaths and much more! The $40 fee includes admission to four sessions, continental breakfast and an Italian lunch buffet.

Hands-on workshops give gardeners the opportunity to take away their own creations from the day’s events, including a hand-painted garden stone and willow project.

These special workshops require a nominal materials fee, and seating fills up fast, so be sure to sign up right away.

The registration deadline is Feb. 23. Look for a registration form in the Rock Valley College’s Spring 2007 catalog, find it online at www.rockvalleycollege.com (search “community education” and click on “guide” to access the schedule), or call the Winnebago County Extension office at (815) 986-4357.

From the Feb. 14-20, 2007, issue

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