SAVANNA, Ill.Fragrant flowers and lush gardens, what a great way to escape for a couple of days. Get away from the hustle and bustle and join the Master Gardeners of Carroll County for a three-day Gardening Extravaganza. The City of Savanna will open its doors and gardens to visitors on Friday-Sunday, July 28-30 as they celebrate summer with a garden walk and educational workshops.
The Third Annual Garden Tour is sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners of Carroll County with most activities free to the public. This year, the whole city is getting involved, offering a Farmers Market with plant sales, door prizes, and refreshments Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., a spaghetti dinner prepared by the resident chef (and Mayor) Bill Lease also on Friday, and refreshments served throughout the weekend sponsored by various community organizations.
The Garden Walk starts Saturday with the tour beginning at the City Hall parking lot, where every visitor will receive a map guiding them to the gardens on the tour. Participants will explore 12 gardens making a loop around western Carroll County.
Once visitors have seen the beauty of the Savanna gardens, they can learn how to create a masterpiece of their own by attending one of the many free workshops, including: Growing Roses in Illinois, Unusual Perennials, Arranging the Flowers From Your Garden, Tree Planting Methods and Blooms for all Seasons.
All programs are free and will be at the Savanna City Hall at 101 N. Main St. Saturday sessions run from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Sundays classes start at 9:15 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. Seven separate programs are being offered, each lasting approximately one hour. All programs are being taught by Master Gardeners.
For information about Savannas A Walk in the Garden event, go to www.landofozdolls.com/walkinthegarden.htm or phone 273-3964. Information can also be found at www.extension.uiuc.edu/jdc/ or phone 244-9444.
From the July 26-Aug. 1, 2006, issue