Friday, February 14, 2020
10:00 Hydroponics - Laurie George, University of Illinois Extension Educator presents Local Food Systems and Small Farms joined by Christine Lueking, Program Coordinator, ANR. She will have a small working system, so you can see how it works.
11:00 A Walk on the Wild Side - Brent Heath-Brent & Becky’s Bulbs - The Good Lord created many incredible, interesting and beautiful plants and flowers. The species (wild) bulb flowers are among the most beautiful, diverse, complex but easy to grow group of plants. From hundreds of geophyte's (bulb) genera (types) have come many thousands of spectacular hybrids and cultivars. The species themselves are spectacular in their own right and often out persist their own progeny in longevity, perennialization and for sure, naturalization. We will take a look at species bulbs through the seasons and garden situations helping you decide what, when, where and how to grow and color gardens with flower bulbs.
12:30 Ecology of Spring Ephemeral Wild Flowers presented by Christopher David Benda, MS, aka Illinois Botanizer, Ephemeral - "short-lived" perennial plants that are dormant most of the year and only grow in the spring. In the spring Illinois forests are covered in beautiful wild flowers of all colors.
1:30 Bulbs as Companion Plants by Brent Heath-Brent & Becky’s Bulbs - Whether you are planning to plant bulbs in a fresh, newly prepared empty garden, or whether you are adding them to an already existing one, this seminar will have the answers for you! With exquisite slides illustrating the seminar, you will be introduced to the best of the best...the right bulbs for the right spots. You'll learn how to combine bulbs, perennials, annuals, ground covers and flowering shrubs that will create just the feeling you want to generate for four seasons in your garden. After seeing and experiencing this seminar, you'll leave with information and inspiration to produce a garden that you, your neighbors and friends will enjoy all year.
3:00 Illinois Wild Flowers for the Home Garden by Christopher David Benda, MS discusses how Illinois native wildflowers can be adapted to the home garden.
4:00 Heirloom Bulbs for Restoration Gardens by Brent Health. Flower bulbs were among the first plants in commerce and are even mentioned several times in the Bible. Whether it's a colonial home or a grandmother's garden that you wish to restore with authentic bulbs of the time, your options include a palette full of colors, seasons, heights, shapes and sizes. This talk will cover hundreds of possibilities anywhere from 50 to over 500 hundred years old and will be highlighted with slides taken in real gardens. Many of the garden slides are from gardens like Monticello, Colonial Williamsburg, Mount Vernon and a wealth of other period gardens.
5:30 Inflammation & Pain Relief with Herbal Remedies by Terry Hickey of Dayenpur Herbs. Everyone can relate to inflammation an dpain, but how can you treat it naturally? Learn about anti-inflammatory herbs that can help reduce pain and promote health.
6:30 Healing Power of Doterra Essential Oils by Judy Yoder. A class to get people started on using Doterra Essential oils. The are pwerful, pure and so helpful.