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ICC Hosts Landscape & Garden Day On September 10

Posted: August 3, 2011

This year’s Illinois Central College Landscape & Garden Day theme is “Locally Grown” and is set for Saturday, September 10, at the Horticulture Land Lab on the ICC East Peoria Campus.

This year marks the 31st annual event that will feature topics and demonstrations of interest to gardeners of all ages and experience levels. The Landscape & Garden Day event has activities planned from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. and will include seminars, exhibits, discussions, and a plant sale featuring hostas, perennials, and shrubs.

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. Youngsters in attendance can participate in face painting and other activities at the Children’s Corner, and golf enthusiasts can enjoy the ever-popular “Putt for Plants.”

The day’s schedule includes:

9:15 – 10:15 am
“Heirloom Tomatoes” by Keith Crotz, American Botanist Booksellers, Chillicothe – Hear what one of the nation’s authorities on heirlooms has to say about tomatoes.

10:30 – 11:30 am
“Cooking from the Home Garden” by Chefs Joy Ashwood and Keith Shank, ICC Culinary Arts Institute – See what the ICC chefs create using vegetables from the ICC gardens!

1 - 2 pm
“Designing and Maintaining an Herb Garden” by Beth Haag, Green View Companies, Dunlap – Learn how to grow herbs in-ground or in containers.

2:15 - 3 pm
“Fruit Trees for the Home Garden” by Ella Maxwell, D.A. Hoerr Garden Center, Peoria – Learn selection and care for fruit trees.

Lunch will be available for purchase from the ICC Agriculture Club.

For more information, contact the ICC horticulture program at (309) 694-8872.

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