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Utilizing Dried Flowers from your Garden

October 3, 2012

"Just because the end of the gardening season is approaching, doesn't mean the time for enjoying your beautiful garden flowers is over. Why not bring those flowers indoor to enjoy?" says University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Candice Miller.

University of Illinois Extension Ogle County will be offering the program 'Utilizing Dried Flowers from your Garden' on Tuesday, October 30 from 6:00-7:00 PM. It will be held at the Extension office located at 421 W. Pines Rd. in Oregon.

Drying is an excellent way to preserve flowers for years of enjoyment. Successful drying depends on proper harvesting of flowers and choosing the right drying technique, whether hang drying, covering, or glycerinizing. In this one hour program, Extension Horticulturist, Candice Miller, will first discuss and demonstrate these methods for drying flowers, and then follow up with a hands-on workshop on how to make a swag with dried flowers to hang on your wall. All materials for the workshop will be provided, but feel free to bring any flowers from your own garden that you would like to learn how to dry.

The cost for this program is $20 and everyone is welcome. To register call the Ogle County Extension office at 815-732-2191 or go to http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/. You may also post any gardening questions you may have on the University of Illinois Extension Horticulture- Northwest Illinois Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/northwestillinoishorticulture.

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