Garden walk at Belvidere’s Roger Gustafson Nature Center July 14

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BELVIDERE, Ill. — From 5 to 8 p.m., Sunday, July 14, the Boone County Conservation District Cultural Heritage Gardens will be hosting a garden walk at the Roger Gustafson Nature Center, 603 N. Appleton Road, Belvidere, Ill. Admission is free.

Join the Boone County Conservation District for a stroll through five Cultural Heritage Gardens, a Rain Garden, Butterfly Garden and the Boone County Master Gardener Demonstration Garden.

Gardener interpreters in period clothing will be available for all garden questions as participants tour the Yankee, Scottish, German, Norwegian and Potawatomi gardens. Learn about the many varieties of heirloom vegetables grown by settlers in the early 1800s. Local historian George Thomas will be in the Dawson River Road Schoolhouse to tell stories about Boone County in the 1800s.

Enjoy folk music on the grounds, visit the Norwegian and Scottish cabins for quilting demonstrations, and enjoy a summer evening in the gardens.

Members of the University of Illinois Boone County Master Gardener program will be on hand at the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden.

The Boone County Garden Club of America Butterfly Garden and the Boone County Conservation District Rain Garden and Prairie Plant Identification area will also be included in the tour.

Enjoy free refreshments and lemonade. Live music will be provided by Bluegrass Country and other area musicians.

For more information, contact the Boone County Conservation District at (815) 547-7935.

Posted July 10, 2013

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