Selected Community Events
Guys on Grass Horticulture Class
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden
As a die-hard gardener, Mike’s philosophy about lawns can be summed up in this phrase: “When in doubt, rip it out.” Yet, as a radio show host, he knows that people love their lawns, so his compromise is to preach the gospel of organic lawn care. He notes that 68% of consumers say that their concern for the environment is a consideration when buying lawn and garden products. Yet these same people are the ones who are afraid of what their neighbors will think if they don’t have a lawn that looks like a golf course fairway. In this talk, Mike looks at why the concept of the “perfect lawn” is so harmful, starting with that lock-step mentality and moving on to the use of synthetic fertilizers and pervasive pesticides. He explains how some simple cultural practices can be just as effective as expensive chemicals to keep your lawn green and healthy. He shows you why what’s in your soil is at least as important as what’s above it. And he dares to ask the question, “Why are weeds so bad?” (Hint: they’re not.) Registration required. Call 965-8146.
This presentation is part of the John and Pauline Cook Horticulture Lecture Series
Non-Members: Included with admission
Carrie Schommer, 965-8146 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rotary Botanical Gardens Spring Symposium
Rotary Botanical Gardens
1455 Palmer Drive
Registration includes a day of dynamic speakers, lunch options, reference materials and more.
The theme of the 2013 Symposium is Gardening for Good. Session topics include:
“Gardening for Your Own Good: Cultivating the Mind-Body Connection” with Cindy Berlovitz, “Urban Agriculture: Growing More than Plants” with Eliza Fournier and “Lifelong Gardening” with Barbara Kreski. Mark Dwyer, RBG Director of Horticulture will also offer remarks in honor of RBG’s 25th Anniversary.
Cindy Berlovitz of Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN will discuss the possibilities of using horticulture therapy (HT) as a healing tool. After a brief history of HT, she will discuss the most current research supporting the use of these practices including ways to improve everyday wellness and treatment of patients with severe illness.
Eliza Fournier, Urban Youth Programs Director at Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG) in Glencoe, IL will speak about CBG’s mission “to cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life” and how it’s reaching far beyond its 385 acres to take the garden to food desert communities—areas where affordable and healthy food is difficult to obtain. She will also give an overview of The Green Youth Farm and other CBG programs that are engaging, inspiring and growing the next generation of city gardeners and good citizens.
Barbara Kreski, Director of Horticultural Therapy Services at Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG) will talk about the challenges of gardening as we age and how health benefits of gardening can stay within lifelong reach by making some slight modifications. She will offer practical ideas and strategies that may make all the difference for you or a loved one who wishes to continue gardening for a lifetime and there will be an opportunity to try specialized tools that can make gardening tasks easier.
Admission for the day is $55 for RBG Friends Members and $65 for the general public. Cost includes program fee, resource materials and entry to the Gardens for the day. Optional boxed lunches can be pre-purchased at an additional cost. Reservation deadline is March 13, 2014.
For more information about this or any other Rotary Botanical Gardens educational program, visit rotarybotanicalgardens.org or contact Kris Koch, RBG Education Coordinator at 608-752-3885, ext. 17, or email email@example.com.
Vegetable Gardening Program
All classes will be held at Belvidere High School located at 1500 East Ave. Belvidere. Participants should park by the greenhouse behind the Performing Arts Center, and enter through door 30.
Starting a vegetable garden can be a very confusing and intimidating process if it’s something you’ve never done before. University of Illinois Extension is offering a series of programs this spring to help you get started in vegetable gardening. The cost for this program is $5 per session or $20 for the entire series. Classes can be taken individually or as a whole series.
The Vegetable Gardening series will provide you with the basic information on starting a vegetable garden in your own backyard or at a community or school garden plot. From choosing a site to managing your pests, this program will cover everything you need to know.
March 10 from 4:00 -5:30 Site Selection and Raised Beds
Placement is really everything in a vegetable garden, and the first step is to choose a site and analyze the soil. Learn about the best location for a vegetable garden, how to take a soil test, and find out the benefits of raised beds and how to easily build a raised bed garden.
March 31 from 4:00-5:30 Seed Starting and Transplant Production
Come learn the basics of starting vegetable seeds including choosing seed varieties, tips on proper seeding, and how to care for newly started transplants. Participants will have the opportunity to start a flat of their own seeds and grow those in a greenhouse until the next program in the series. Supplies included.
April 21 from 4:00-5:30 Cool Season Crops
Come learn about the early season crops you can grow this spring. This program will cover the cool season crops that can help extend the harvest. And speaking of extending the harvest, we’ll also discuss techniques for protecting your plants form the cool weather allowing you to get plants started sooner. Participants will also pick up their seed started at the last session.
May 5 from 4:00-5:30 Warm Season Crops
Now is the time to start thinking about those warm season crops you can get started early for warm season summer production. This program will cover the warm season crops that are staples in the vegetable garden.
June 9 from 4:00-5:30- Vegetable Pest and Disease Management
Various pest and disease problems are common in a vegetable garden yearly. Come learn how to identify the most common vegetable pests and diseases and hear how to manage them using a variety of cultural, non-chemical, or chemical controls.
To register for this program, please contact University of Illinois Extension office at 815-544-3710 or visit web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.
If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Boone County Extension office at 815/544-3710.
Ready, Set, Grow
Sauk Valley Community College, Dixon, IL
Join University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners for Ready, Set, Grow. This is a one-day gardening event for novice or experienced gardeners. The keynote presentation is Heirloom Flavor by Doreen Howard. Participants can choose from 15 breakout sessions including: terrariums, hypertufa, alternative gardening, making tabletop fountains, preserving food, pollinators, and much more. Registration is $40 and includes a welcome bag, continental breakfast, and buffet lunch.
Lisa Valle, 815/732-2191, firstname.lastname@example.org or web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo
How to Grow Great Lilies in Rockford
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden
For the enjoyment of Northern Illinois gardeners and lily lovers: The Wisconsin Illinois Lily Society will present an educational talk. Society president Woody Imberman will present the Society’s public slide/show lecture, “How To Grow Great Lilies in the Rockford Area”. Woody Imberman, president of the Wisconsin/Illinois Lily Society, touts his garden as “the largest Chicagoland garden devoted almost solely to a wide variety of true lilies.” With over 200 plants sharing the common name of lily, not all are true lilies.
A true lily comes from a bulb, whereas a daylily comes from a root. Unlike a daylily, which blooms for just one day, true lilies stay in bloom for one to two weeks and can be planted to bloom from early June till late August.
Non-Members: Included with admission