Illinois Central College’s 34th Annual Landscape & 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 “Welcome to My Garden”. The event is set for Saturday, September 6, from 9 am – 3 pm, at ICC’s Horticulture Land Lab on the East Peoria Campus.
The event is free and open to the public and features topics and demonstrations of interest to gardeners of all ages and experience levels.
Young families will find plenty to interest them this year. A pizza garden will allow children to walk through the pizza-shaped garden where they can get an up-close look at all the pizza ingredients in plant form. A bean trellis tunnel will be open for exploring, and a kids-only area will allow children to really play in the dirt while they rake, shovel, and hoe or even fill a mini-wheel barrow. Children are also invited to transplant their own small seedlings into a bigger pot to care for and grow at home.
There will be seminars, exhibits, discussions, and a plant sale featuring hostas and other perennials and woody plants grown by students in the ICC Horticulture Program.
Those in attendance can take advantage of a plant clinic by the Tri-County Master Gardeners who will be on hand 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 — “How to Welcome Beneficial Soil Creatures to the Garden” by Peter Fandel, ICC associate professor — Getting back to the basics of soil fertility, come and learn how to manage your garden’s greatest asset. Learn what you can do to improve soil health and create a lush garden space.
11 – 11:45 am — “Restoration of Backyard Habitat for Wildlife” by Marc Britton, ICC alum, wildlife expert — Gardens can be a welcoming place to people, plants, and animals. Learn how to make your backyard inviting to local wildlife. Discover ways to encourage butterflies, hummingbirds, bumblebees, and more to visit your garden.
1 – 1:45 pm — “How to Create a Welcoming Entertainment Space” by Tom Schureman, landscape architect, Student Land Design Inc. — Would you like to create an inviting space in your landscape where friends and family could gather? This is your opportunity to get the scoop on outdoor living areas. Learn how much space is needed and the cost involved to create a truly welcoming space for you to enjoy.
Lunch will be available for purchase and will benefit the ICC Agriculture Club. For more information, contact the ICC horticulture program at (309) 694-8872.Next: Now offering Adult Community Programs at South Campus location in Pekin