Illinois Central College’s 36th Annual Landscape and Garden Day offers a variety of special programs and activities specifically designed for families with young children as well as the usual favorites for local gardening enthusiasts. This year’s theme is “Pollinators, Plants and People – A Great Combination”. The free event is set for Saturday, September 10, from 9 am to 3 pm, at ICC’s Horticulture Land Lab on the East Peoria Campus. Free parking is available in Lot G.
               The event features topics and demonstrations of interest to gardeners of all ages and experience levels. The newest winners of the All-America Selection, which include the best and brightest new flowers and vegetables available for next year’s home gardens, will be showcased.
               There will be seminars, exhibits, tours, discussions, and a plant sale featuring hostas and other perennials and woody plants grown by students in the ICC Horticulture Program.
Local Master Gardeners will be on hand in the plant clinic to identify and diagnose. Visitors can enjoy displays by area garden clubs, nurseries, and landscapers as well as check out this year’s featured All-America Selections Winners in the display garden.
Golf enthusiasts can enjoy the ever-popular “Putt for Plants,” and taste-testing will be available at the vegetable garden.
The day’s seminars include:
  • 9:30 – 10:15 am: “Unordinary Pollinators” – Come join us as University of Illinois Extension Master Gardner Margee Karl introduces us to “Pollinators of the Unordinary Kind”. Margie has been a U of I Extension Master Gardner since 2004 and a speaker for the U of I Extension Speakers Bureau for more than 10 years. This is a beautiful and unique presentation! She’s sure to entertain, amaze, surprise, and educate you.
  • 11 – 11:45 am: “Pollinator Power: How to attract them and keep them coming around.” – Presenter Suzanne Cook is a 19-year Tazewell County Master Gardener, Head Gardener for the Pekin Park District, and has written a garden column for the Pekin Times for 20 years. She’ll give participants a long list of easy-to-grow plants. She especially loves growing plants to attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. And, she promises there WILL be prizes available!
·        1 – 1:45 pm: "But I Don't Know How To Keep Bees…Yet!" – Presenter Bill Baker is currently the Central Director for the Illinois State Beekeepers Association and a past president of the Heart of Illinois Beekeepers but says he’s is still learning how to keep bees. He has found beekeeping to be fun, relaxing, frustrating and a great overall learning experience.
Lunch will be available for purchase.

For more information, contact the ICC Horticulture Program at (309) 694-8872.


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