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Ready...Set...Grow Gardening Symposium

Sauk Valley Community College, Dixon, IL
Gardeners are invited to attend Ready, Set, Grow on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon. Keynote speaker Richard Hawke from the Chicago Botanic Garden will present ‘Four Star Plants.’ Participants can choose from 15 workshops, watch garden demonstrations, shop vendors, and win door prizes. This event is presented by University of Illinois Master Gardeners in cooperation with Sauk Valley Community College. Breakfast & lunch are included in the $40 registration fee.

University of Illinois Extension, Lisa Hepker, 815-732-2191 or

Seed Starting and Propagation

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Rockford, IL 61102
John Moors, Director of Collections at Klehm Arboretum, will discuss seed selection, growing supplies, artificial lights and caring for tender young plants

Members: Free
Non-members: Included with daily admission
Register online at

Carrie Schommer

Growing Lilies in the Rock River Valley

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Rockford, IL 61102
Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dr. Woodruff Imberman will present a slide show/talk “How To Make Your Rock River Area Lilies Great”. Woodruff Imberman is past president of the Lily Society and lectures widely on lilies at garden clubs throughout the Midwest. He is the author of numerous articles in regional and national horticultural magazines on lilies, is an amateur lily hybridizer, an accredited international lily judge, and has won many awards for his lilies.

Those attending the talk will learn simple propagation techniques for growing lilies, hear about the wide variety of lilies that flourish in our area, and how to design a garden with lilies so some are in bloom all Summer long.

Imberman’s talk, one in the Wisconsin Illinois Lily Society’s 16th Annual Spring Education Series, is part of its public outreach program for gardeners interested in growing and propagating true lilies.
Members: Free
Non-Members: Included with admission

Carrie Schommer., 815-965-8146

The Edible Indoor Garden (Four Seasons Gardening)

Boone County Extension 205 Cadillac Court, Suite 5 Belvidere, IL 61008
The Four Seasons Gardening program from University of Illinois Extension continues with a session titled, The Indoor Edible Garden.

Gardening is not limited to outside in the summer. The Edible Indoor Garden shows you how to grow your own fresh herbs, salad greens, and more any time of the year.
Rhonda Ferree, Extension Educator in Horticulture, University of Illinois Extension will cover indoor growing environments and provide several examples to try in your own home. This is the third session of the winter series.

The Edible Indoor Garden will be held on Tuesday, March 3rd at 1:30 p.m. There is no charge for the program but advance registration is needed. Please register at or contact Judy Hodge, Extension Program Coordinator at 815-544-3710 or This program will be held at Boone County Extension located at 205 Cadillac Court, Suite 5 in Belvidere, and is also available for home viewing. The presentation will be presented via the University of Illinois teleconferencing system, allowing live discussion between the presenter and gardeners throughout Illinois. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call the Extension office at 815-544-3710.

Judy Hodge


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