Date Set for 2017 Gardeners' BIG Day

Get ready, here it comes - the 18th Annual Gardeners' BIG Day! University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners in Fulton and Mason County sponsor this event, which is set for Saturday, April 29th, at Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown.

The days keynote address will be given by Ella Maxwell. Ella is a Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture, an Illinois Certified Professional through the Illinois Green Industry Association, and a Tazewell County Master Gardener. She is also member of several local garden clubs and plant societies. Her long career at Hoerr Nursery in Peoria adds the expertise and knowledge she needs when serving as a panelist on the popular MidAmerican Gardener television show. All this, along with her University of Illinois horticulture degree, make her an area horticulture expert.

Attendees will also choose from a variety of breakout sessions. They'll learn about xeriscaping, turf, herbs, moles, bulbs, plants of Costa Rica, and much more!

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