Lessons in Gardening coming to i wireless Center


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Press release submitted by University of Illinois Extension

Garden-Enthusiasts Wanted for Nursery School: Lessons in Gardening, Saturday, February 25, 2012, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., i wireless Center, Moline

Now in its 16th year, Nursery School: Lessons in Gardening is recognized as one of the Quad Cities premiere gardening symposiums! University of Illinois Extension and the Rock Island County Master Gardeners bring together renowned local and regional horticulture experts to provide 16 different workshops on diverse topics. The event will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2012, from 8 am - 4 pm at the i wireless Center

1201 River Drive, Moline, IL. The $45 fee includes continental breakfast, sit-down luncheon, afternoon snacks, handouts and outstanding lessons. There is also the opportunity to shop from gardening vendors and win door prizes. Nursery School is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with friends and get re-inspired for another successful gardening season! Check in opens at 8 a.m. Enjoy a continental breakfast, pick up your event folder and make your way to the keynote session that begins at 9:00 a.m.

This year's keynote address is titled, Architectural Aristocrats: The Best of the Ornamental Grasses, by Jeff Epping, Director of Horticulture, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI. Epping believes that no other group of plants has had the impact that the ornamental grasses have had in our gardens in recent years. They add beauty to the landscape in almost every month of the year--something that can't be said for many perennial plants in the Midwest. The list of grasses and sedges is huge and seems to get bigger every year, which can be a bit overwhelming. Epping has incorporated a wide palette of ornamental grasses into Olbrich's designs over the years and he will share his experiences on the best performing species and cultivars. He will also show you how he and others have incorporated these beauties into their gardens to create knock-out displays that you can emulate in your own garden.

Following his address, participants will attend three pre-selected workshops. The can select from the following:

Session Two: 10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

A) Inspirations from English Gardens, Jeff Epping, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

England is a mecca for the most incredible gardens in the world and a never-ending source of inspiration to every gardener lucky enough to pay a visit. Come join Jeff Epping, Director of Horticulture at Olbrich Botanical Gardens for an in-depth look into some of the most famous English gardens, as well as obscure hidden gems. Great gardens like Kew, Sissinghurst, Wisley and Great Dixter are chock full of innovative design ideas which we can all incorporate in our own gardens. See through Epping's camera, what England's renowned gardeners like Beth Chatto, Adrian and Allan Bloom and Christopher Lloyd, created in their beautiful Garden masterpieces.

B) New & Trendy Annuals & Perennials, Bud LeFevre, Distinctive Gardens, Dixon, IL

Bud will introduce us to some exciting plants and flowers that have arrived on the market as well as trendy and whimsical ways to display them. Find out what plants would be best suited to your landscape and lifestyle!

C) Medicinal Herbs, Deborah Lee, Four Winds Farm, Quincy, IL

Explore many health-supportive herbs that you can easily grow and safely use. See and smell numerous herbal preparations. Learn ways to easily prepare or preserve them including: dried, capsules, teas (decoctions and infusions), salves and tinctures. Take home reference material that will help you create your own personal herbal first-aid kit.

D) Scented Geraniums, Diane Bober

Local geranium expert Diane Bober will be discussing the culture and unique fragrant aspect of scented geraniums, the incredible variety, and the many things that you can do with them. She'll bring varieties to touch and smell, foods to sample, and a demonstration on how to create a beautiful geranium topiary will be featured.

E) Green Gardening– Prairie Style, Marilyn & Amber Andress, Natural Area Guardians

Marilyn and Amber will provide a botanical history of our Midwestern landscape and illustrate how gardening with a historical perspective can help us to creative beautiful, sustainable, and ecologically smart outdoor spaces.

F) Strawberry Production, Michael Roegge, University of Illinois

Want to grow strawberries? Mike Roegge will discuss all aspects of strawberry production in the home garden-variety selection, planting, care, pest control, harvest, etc.

Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Relax and enjoy a full-service sit-down luncheon with your gardening friends. Indicate your choice of entrée, either Grilled Chicken Pasta or Cheese Tortellini. Includes salad, sides, rolls, coffee or tea and dessert.

Session Three: 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.

A) Coneflowers gone CRAZY! Martha Smith, University of Illinois Extension

Which coneflower do you have? Can't remember the name? Why not – there are only 50 plus different coneflowers in the trade. One breeder has 37 different cultivars of coneflowers while another has 45! Martha Smith will try to sort out the coneflower explosion and highlight what cultivars trial gardens are finding do the best in Midwest gardens.

B) New & Trendy Annuals & Perennials, Bud LeFevre, Distinctive Gardens, Dixon, IL Repeat from Session II

C) What Does "Organic" Really Mean? Dr. Jeff Hawes, Black Hawk College East

This presentation will provide an overview of the USDA certified organic labeling program and discuss how this label affects consumers and producers. Jeff will also address production techniques that adhere to organic production guidelines with a focus on crop rotation, composting, green manure and biological pest control methods to help maintain soil productivity.

D) African Violets, Carol Boyd, Quad City African Violet Society

Grandma Grew Beautiful African Violets: Why Can't I? Don't worry, Carol will share how you, too can grow this favorite, colorful indoor flowering plant. She will discuss propagation, light and temperature requirements, and proper soil, water and fertilizer needs. Please come with your questions!

E) Make & Take Soap Darcy Rostenbach, Full Circle Soaps

Learn how to make your own natural soaps at home! You'll learn how to mix, melt, pour and pick out your own colors, scents and molds to make several bars to take home (Additional $12 fee).

Session Four: 2:15 - 3:30 p.m.

A) Ages & Stages of Gardening Martha Smith, University of Illinois Extension

Gardener know thyself! It happens to all of us – as we age and mature so do our gardens – so do our likes & dislikes and our maintenance abilities. This program discusses the common "stages" of gardening and how we need to adjust as we age. Ergonomic tools and gardening accessories that ease the pains and strains on our bodies will also be presented.

B) Garden Salads, Cathy La Frenz, Miss Effie's Country Flowers & Garden Stuff

Want to learn how to create delicious salads and dressings? Cathy will be teaching how to create unique and delicious salads, such as lentil and asparagus. She will also teach the best ways to incorporate ingredients such as home grown sprouts, sun dried tomatoes, jicama, and many others.

C) 'Gourd' Opedia Special Edition: The History and Mystery of Gourds, Roxie and Dallas DeShane

The journey of a gourd covers thousands of years. How did they get here? Where are they from? Why don't the gourds that are growing, look like the ones I planted? How do the garden surroundings influence gourd genetics for generations to come? From necessary vessels to artwork in your home--learn how gourds have evolved--from their past to the present.

D) Gardening for Butterflies and Hummingbird Ray Wolf, Scott County Master Gardener

Ray will show native butterflies and hummingbirds and the plants they enjoy visiting in our yards. Requirements for developing your own butterfly and hummingbird garden, including the use of native species, will be discussed.

E) Make & Take Soap Darcy Rostenbach, Full Circle Soaps

Repeat from Session III

Shop Vendors & Visit Booths

In between sessions and after lunch visit the many garden vendors and organizations that serve the

greater Quad Cities with horticulture programs, gardens and events.

Location:

Nursery School: Lessons in Gardening will take place from 8 am - 4 pm Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the i wireless Center

1201 River Drive, Moline, IL 61265

Registration

Pre-Register required by Monday, February 20. You may register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs

For information about Nursery School, contact University of Illinois Extension

(309) 756-9978 or visit the web site: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programming and employment.




















 




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