Landscape & Garden Day theme is “Healthy Gardens, Healthy Lives” on September 7 at ICC

This year’s Illinois Central College Landscape & Garden Day theme is “Healthy Gardens, Healthy Lives” and has special activities and programs specifically targeted to young families and children as well as the usual favorites of area gardening enthusiasts. The event is set for Saturday, September 7, at the Horticulture Land Lab on the ICC East Peoria Campus.

This year marks the 33rd annual event that will feature 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.

Landscape & Garden Day runs from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. and will include seminars, exhibits, discussions, and a plant sale featuring hostas and other perennials and woody plants.

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:

“Gardening for Health”

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.: by Dr. Cynthia Domenghini, youth gardening specialist –Not only does gardening increase youngsters access to nutritious foods, it also enhances physical activity and well-being which further contributes to a healthy lifestyle.

 “Creative, Healthy Snacks for Kids”

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.: by Chef Keith Shank, ICC Culinary Arts Program – Learn delicious ways to prepare vegetables and fruits for the children and grandchildren in your life. This will include ways to teach kids to eat “beyond the supermarket” by preparing vegetables from your own garden.

 “Top 10 Ways to Tell if Your Garden is Sick or Healthy”

1 – 1:45 p.m.: by Randey Wall, retired ICC Horticulture Professor – find out what to look for in your garden to determine if it is healthy or sick as well as what to do about it.

Lunch will be available for purchase from the ICC Agribusiness Club. For more information, contact the ICC horticulture program at (309) 694-8872.