Illinois Central College’s 35th 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 “Gardens of the Far East”. The free event is set for Saturday, September 12, 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.
Young families again 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 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 color and create a Japanese koi kite and fly it, as well as try their hand at the ancient art of origami.
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: “Agriculture in China vs. America” by Pete Fandel, ICC associate professor
Pete spent several weeks touring China with other ICC agriculture department staff, learning about the interesting plants, methods, equipment and outlook for Chinese agriculture. Comparisons and contrasts are interesting and surprising.
11 – 11:45 am: “Plants, Places and People of China” by Genny Gibbs, ICC Horticulture Technician
Genny spent five weeks in China this spring teaching English as a Second Language and exploring the beautiful plants, people and nature of China. Find out more about some amazing plants most of us have never before experienced.
1 – 1:45 pm: “Asian Garden Design: Design Concepts that Translate for Any Garden Space” by Dean Ramseyer, Landscape designer and ICC adjunct faculty member
Join us on a photo tour of famous Japanese and Chinese gardens, and we’ll discover how to apply the design principles and details found in those gardens to gardens of any size or style.
Lunch will be available for purchase at the event and will benefit the ICC Agriculture Club.
For more information, contact the ICC Horticulture Program at (309) 694-8872.
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