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Botanica - Garden Renewal Luncheon

Klehm Arboretum @ Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Rockford, IL 61102
Help us welcome spring at Botanica 2015! This year’s luncheon will feature speaker Melinda Myers, a nationally renowned gardening expert and author specializing in Midwestern gardening. Among many other projects, she’s a columnist for the magazines Birds & Blooms and Gardening How-To, produces the nationally-syndicated radio and TV segments “Melinda’s Garden Moment,” and has published 20 books, including 2014’s Midwest Gardener’s Handbook.

“Garden Renewal”

Transforming an empty lot into a beautiful landscape or an overgrown struggling garden into a colorful centerpiece can be easier and more affordable than you think. Start with a plan, recycle items into garden art, add planters and feeders, share a few plants, phase in changes and give yourself some time. We’ll explore all of these things and more to renew your landscape.

“Gardening in Miniature” Workshop

Interest is growing in the smallest area of horticulture. Learn how to tap into your imagination to create entire landscapes that fit within planters, troughs, or the larger garden setting. We’ll discuss miniature gardening tips, techniques, and easy to grow plants that are perfect for gardening in miniature.

Sarah Lambert,, 815-965-8146

Caritas Luncheon & Fashion Show

Giovanni's 610 N. Bell School Rd., Rockford, IL 61107
This year our theme is "Singing In The Rain". Our social hour and silent auction bidding begins at 10:30. At. 11:30 the preschoolers from St. Elizabeth's Center will sing a few songs. A wonderful luncheon begins at 12:15 with three options: Greek Chicken, Saint Lucia Pork Filet and Gnudi Dumplings. The fashion show follows with fashions from Dress Barn and Infinitely Sweet. The tickets for the luncheon cost $35.00. The raffle tickets cost $5 a piece or 5 for $20 with prizes of $1,000, $500, a car care package or a dining package. Please come and help us raise funds for the children's programs that are run by Catholic Charities. These programs benefit children of all faiths.

Patti Weber 815-222-1661

Earth Day Awards Luncheon

Giovanni's Restaurant & Convention Center, Rockford IL
Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful celebrates the 45th anniversary of Earth Day at a luncheon featuring Richard Louv speaking about The Nature-Rich Life. Louv is the author of "Last Child in the Woods" and "The Nature Principle." Environmental awards will be presented to one or more individual/business/high school student.

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful, 815-637-1343,