‘Ready, Set, Grow’ gardening workshop is scheduled for March 15

From U of I Extension

DIXON, Ill. — Add a “spring” to your step at the 2014 “Ready, Set, Grow” gardening workshop Saturday, March 15, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Ill. Join the Master Gardeners of Carroll, Lee, Ogle and Whiteside counties in cooperation with Sauk Valley Community College for this one-day event offering participants information about various aspects of home gardening.

A keynote presentation about Heirloom Flavor will be given by award-winning author, enthusiastic gardener, and heirloom authority — Doreen Howard. Gardeners and foodies alike will love her heirloom presentation, which offers an alternative to the mass-produced and often flavorless produce typically available. Let Doreen show you how to return to flavor with heirlooms. Doreen Howard writes a weekly blog for the Old Farmer’s Almanac website, and has contributed to their publications for more than 15 years. She was garden editor at Woman’s Day magazine for seven years, garden columnist at the Christian Science Monitor and contributing editor at Mother Earth News.

Fifteen different workshops ranging from alternative gardening to the wonderful world of food preservation are offered to participants. During three different sessions, participants can choose to attend workshops about tabletop fountains, hypertufa, terrariums, small fruits, attracting birds, container gardening, spring wildflowers, herbs, gardening with native plants and much more.

New this year to “Ready, Set, Grow” will be special demonstrations. These demonstrations will be offered during scheduled breaks and lunch. Topics include: Basics of a Beautiful Vase Arrangement, Forcing Spring Branches and Bulbs for Indoor Bloom, and From Your Garden to Your Blender. Along with the demonstrations, there will be local vendors with unique gardening items for purchase. Vendors will be: Creative Wolf, Juice Plus, LK Designs, McCormicks, Pampered Chef, Red Bud Creek Farm, Stone Crete, Unique Design Jewelry, and Unique Designs Garden Sculpture.

The program fee is $40 and includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch, welcome bag, and select handouts. To register, call Ogle County Extension at (815) 732-2191 or visit their website at web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo. Registration is required by March 10.
Sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Extension reserves the right to refuse registrations received at any time if numbers exceed room capacity. For more about “Ready, Set, Grow” and other Master Gardener programs, call the Ogle County Extension office at (815) 732-2191.

From Feb. 26-March 4, 2014

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