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Gardenfest 2019, Ready, Set, Grow

Dates: Now - April 6, 2019 @ 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Category: Outdoors Educational Expo
Location: McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Highway 14 | Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Phone: 815-479-7570
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Gardenfest 2019,  Ready, Set, Grow

• For Immediate Release Media Contacts: Master Gardener Milena Buck, 815-459-4430, Master Gardener Agnes Burkus, 815-455-6872, Master Gardener Michelle Walsh, 847-515-7026, McHenry County Gardenfest 2019 Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presented by University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners and McHenry County College Costs $45 and includes lunch Welcome Spring at the McHenry County Gardenfest. Come learn about new garden trends, plants, and techniques at this day-long series of garden-related seminars and workshops. Gardenfest 2019 will be held April 6 at McHenry County College (MCC), 8900 U.S. Route 14, in Crystal Lake, Ill., from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gardenfest is an annual educational event co-sponsored by MCC and the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners. A total of 20 breakout sessions — presented by industry experts, U of I Extension educators, Master Gardeners and MCC instructors — will cover a myriad of gardening topics. The keynote speaker will be Dale Sievert, who owns an extensive moss garden, discussing "The Sievert Gardens--From 1970 Until Today." Sievert will outline the nearly-five-decade evolution of his award-winning moss gardens. He also will reveal how his style and thoughts about gardening have changed over the years. Other 2019 Gardenfest topics will include "Best New Plants for 2019," "Invasive Species in Northern Illinois," "How to Vermicompost and Build Your Own Worm Bin," "Hydrangea Highlights," and many other classes. Gardenfest boasts 20 breakout sessions offered in four segments; each segment lasts an hour. Lunch will be served midday in the MCC cafeteria. Attendees also are eligible for door prizes. New this year is the half-day, kid-friendly session "Gardening with Family." The MCC Horticultural staff will teach gardening basics to children ages 8 to 14 with an adult (two children may attend with one adult). Participants will also work in the greenhouse, start seeds, transplant seedlings and learn about the plants they will take home. An adult must be present for the duration of the session. All supplies and morning refreshments provided. Advance registration required. Packet pickup begins at 8 a.m. Class runs from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Costs $20 for one adult and one child, costs $30 for one adult and two children. Registration forms for Gardenfest are available online at Registration begins Feb. 11, and the cost for Gardenfest is $45. Space is limited, so register early. The registration deadline is March 22; no refunds after this date. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the day of the event (for an added $5 fee, first come, first served). No refunds for any reason. For more information, visit, email, or call 815-479-7570. —30—

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