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Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

Kick off spring in Pontiac with Livingston County Master Gardeners

University of Illinois Extension Livingston County Master Gardeners would like to welcome spring with an educational workshop entitled “A Day in the Garden Patch” on Saturday, April 4 from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.

A Day in the Garden Patch is all about inspiring, educating and encouraging gardeners, whether they have a balcony and a sunny window or an acre to grow. This educational event is for all who love plants and want to discover new gardening tips while having fun.

The morning will kick off with Tiffany Yoder, from Nature’s Designs by Tiff in Fairbury, IL. Tiffany’s presentation, titled Budget Bouquets, will inspire you to be resourceful and creative when arranging flowers. She will demonstrate how to create beautiful arrangements for your space using nothing more than items around the house and flowers cut from your own garden or bundle from the grocery store. She will wow us all when creating a stunning table centerpiece, hanging door piece, and small giftable arrangement. Learn tips and tricks to keep your blooms lasting longer.

Fresh flowers can brighten a home and make someone smile. Livingston County Master Gardeners will share how to grow your own cut flowers in your backyard—from planning, planting, caring, and harvesting. Learn about beautiful flowers, grasses, bulbs, and shrubs you can use for cutting and making into your own gorgeous arrangement.

Let your flower knowledge bloom while playing a fun game of BINGO based on great cut flowers! Attendees will leave with a garden trug filled with plants and seeds for your very own cut-flower garden.

Past participants have said this is the best gardening event in Livingston County, so registration is sure to fill up fast. The $20 registration fee includes morning refreshments, 3 workshops and garden trug filled with cut flower plants and seeds. Check-In and light refreshments will be available at 8:30 a.m., with the workshops beginning at 9 a.m. The program will be hosted at the Livingston County Extension Office at 1412 South Locust Street, Pontiac. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit or contact the office at (815) 842-1776.