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Rock Valley Garden Center 785 N. Bell School Road Rockford, IL 61107
Guest speaker Jack Kaskel from Red Buffalo Nursery in Hebron, IL has been dedicated for decades to restoring endangered native ecosystems. Come & learn about beautiful rare natives & how to incorporate them into your garden design!

Rock Valley Garden Center 815-398-1937


Rock Valley Garden Center 785 N. Bell School Road Rockford, IL 61107
Bring your own bonsai (or purchase a starter plant at a discount) & work with our staff to learn how to transplant, wire & care for your bonsai. If you'd like to just watch & listen, join us too! Let's get our hands dirty!

Rock Valley Garden Center 815-398-1937


Rock Valley Garden Center 785 N. Bell School Road Rockford, IL 61107
Guest speakers Michael & Kathi Rock from Madison, WI share their love of hummingbirds. Their garden contains over 100 varieties of annual & perennial plants to attract hummingbirds & they maintain 20+ hummer feeders! Bring your questions to the experts!

Rock Valley Garden Center 815-398-1937


Rock Valley Garden Center 785 N. Bell School Road Rockford, IL 61107
Learn design techniques, plant compatibility & the adorable miniature style trends sweeping the U.S.

Rock Valley Garden Center 815-398-1937

BCCD Heirloom Seed Sale

Community Center Complex 111 W First st. Belvidere, IL
On Sunday, February 8, the Boone County Conservation District Cultural Heritage Gardens will be hosting an Heirloom Vegetable Seed Sale at the Belvidere Community Building Complex of Boone County located at 111 W. First St., Belvidere, IL.

Hours for the sale will be 10-3pm.

Heirloom vegetable, flower and herb seeds from Seed Savers and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds will be offered for sale. Free seed catalogs will also be available while supplies last.

Save on seed catalog shipping costs by buying your seeds at the sale. Explore more than 100 different seed varieties available and try some new “old” favorites this year. Offerings include: beans, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, flowers, garden berries, greens, herbs, leeks, lettuce, melon, okra, onion, peppers, pumpkins, radishes, turnip, salsify, Swiss chard, spinach, squash, sunflower, tomatoes, and zucchini.

Informational handouts on seed starting will be available.

New this year: Meet local farmers about their CSA offerings. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Get Information on local farmers markets and shop local vendors.

University of Illinois, Master Gardeners will be on-site to answer your gardening questions and will present informational programs throughout the event.

Boone County Conservation District
603 N Appleton Rd, Belvidere, IL

Bus Trip to Madison Garden Expo

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Rockford, IL 61102
Join Klehm on a bus trip to explore the 21st annual Wisconsin Public Television Garden Expo at the Alliant Energy Center. The show features educational seminars, garden-related shopping, horticultural experts and more! Skip the traffic and parking fees and find everything you need to make your garden the envy of the neighborhood.
Price includes transportation and entrance to the show.

Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015
Depart from Klehm at 7:30am
Arrive back at Klehm at approximately 3:30pm (in time for Valentines Day dinner!)
Cost: $40 each
Space is limited; register online or by calling (815) 965-8146.

Sarah Lambert,, 815-965-8146