Rockford’s Midway Village hosts Heritage Gardens Day July 28
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Enjoy garden tours, shopping with a garden flair and garden presentations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 28, at Midway Village Museum’s Heritage Gardens Day. Midway Village is at 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford.
More than 25 garden vendors will showcase items for sale, and the event marks the return of the Heirloom Plant Sale.
Also featured will be award-winning chef Sylvia Waldsmith. From 1 until 2 p.m., Waldsmith will prepare unique and original dishes using fresh garden produce. Get a signed copy of her newest cookbook, Cookin’ With Sylvia.
Other activities include presentations, recipes, crafts and plant sales, all centered on historic gardens and landscapes.
Visitors may make and take garden crafts, learn how grandmother made fruit wine and get tips about starting an heirloom garden or prairie. These activities will be led by local University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners, Midway Village Museum education staff and other area garden experts.
At noon, Webbs Norman, former Rockford Park District executive director, will discuss his book, Building a Dream 1909 to 2009: A History of the Rockford Park District.
Following is a schedule of activities:
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Heirloom Plant Sale, Old Fashioned Fruit Winemaking Demonstrations, Garden Vendors Shopping area open and Herbal Tea Tasting
2 p.m. — Gourd Birdhouse Workshop, Guided Tour of the Midway Village Prairies with Anne Meyer, and a History of School Gardens presentation
3 p.m. — Learn how bird populations have changed over time as Lee Johnson of the Sand Bluff Bird Observatory discusses the activities of one of the largest bird banding operations in the country. A Guided Tour of the eight Midway Village Heritage Gardens will be provided by Tari Rowland, museum Garden Historian.
Tickets are $8 adults; $5 children (ages 3-17); and Midway Village Museum members are admitted free. Tickets are available at the gate the day of the event or at the Museum Store in advance.
Contact Midway Village Museum at (815) 397-9112.
Posted July 27, 2012
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