“After the long winter we are all anxious for spring to get here both gardeners and non-gardeners alike,” states Gail DeVilbiss, Extension agriculture and natural resource coordinator. The annual Spring Fling garden day on Saturday, March 23 is a great way to gear up for Spring. Spring Fling will be at the Hoffman Community Center, 110 East Park Avenue, Hoffman, IL from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Spring Fling is organized by local Illinois Master Gardeners as a learning and social event to bring together area gardeners and naturalists of all levels from beginner to ‘master.’
This year’s Spring Fling has something for everyone. Horticulturist Bill Rupert is the keynote speaker. Rupert will teach attendees to incorporate natives into landscaping. He will discuss plant selection, and cover basic landscape design principles that can create a landscape that will be envied by your neighbors. Other sessions will include ‘Hydroponics at Home’ and Master Gardeners will talk about Living with Japanese Beetles, plus timely horticultural topics to round out the day. Volunteers and staff will share horticulture and natural resource projects currently happening in local communities.
In addition to the scheduled programming, there will be educational displays available with ideas participants can try at home. Some displays will include seed saving, companion planting, aeroponics, identifying garden birds, cooking with herbs, community gardens and more. Master Gardeners will also have a Help Desk booth to answer gardening questions.
There is a modest fee to attend this program and will include all talks, lunch and door prizes. Register on line at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bcjmw/ or by calling 618-526-4551 by March 11.