Serving Carroll, Lee and Whiteside Counties

Presented by Carroll, Lee, Ogle, & Whiteside Master Gardeners

 

University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners would like to invite you to Ready…Set… Grow…  This annual workshop is presented in cooperation with Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, IL and draws avid gardeners from a wide area. The 2020 event will be held March 21, 2020 from 8:00 AM - 2:15 PM

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During your scheduled breaks make sure to visit the Dillon Mall

· Exhibitors with unique gardening items for purchase

· Book Nook with plenty of gardening materials to take home and enjoy for free

· Master Gardener Question and Answer Help Desk

 

 

 

Keynote Speaker

Richard Hentschel | University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator

Apples, Getting to the Core of things!

Having a strong understanding about pollination (it is more than just birds and bees) will ensure a good crop of apples.  Planting your fruit trees properly for existing soil conditions and the sun and shade pattern in the home landscape will maximize vegetative growth and fruit production.  By combining proper pruning techniques gives us an apple tree that is easy to care for.  Mr. Richard Hentschel has been with Extension for more than 20 years.  Early on working with commercial horticulture, involved with nurseries, vegetable growers, Park Districts, Forest Preserves and sod production A part of that time also involved orchard growers. More recently he teaches several areas of the Volunteer Master Garden program including large and small fruits.

 

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8:00 to 8:25 AM - Registration & Continental Breakfast

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8:30 to 9:30 AM - Keynote Presentation: ~ Apples, Getting to the Core of things! Richard Hentschel, University of Illinois Extension, Horticulture Educator

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9:30 to 9:45 AM -Visit Vendors & Register for Door Prizes, Master Gardener Help Desk

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SESSION ONE - 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM - CHOOSE ONE

01. Hardy Perennial Vegetable Crops For The Midwest Asparagus, Rhubarb by Phil Bratta, Master Gardener, Master Naturalist,

Join Phil Bratta, retired educator and Master Gardener for springs most luxurious vegetables, Asparagus and Rhubarb. Learn to grow and harvest your own crops and how to prepare several nutritional dishes.

02. Eastern Bluebirds: Little Blue Gem in Your Garden by Peggy Doty, University of Illinois Extension Energy & Environmental Stewardship Educator 

Eastern bluebird populations fell dramatically in the early 20th century thanks to the human introduction of invasive species. Today, with the help of human efforts, and the bluebird’s tenacity, we can enjoy this garden visitor and take full advantage of the ecological service they provide. 

03. Hydrangeas Demystified by Monica Putnam, Hidden Timbers Gardens ~ This class will break down the different types of hydrangeas and give you some tips for success, so you can confidently select the right hydrangea for your garden and enjoy the beautiful summer blooms for years to come.

04. Contained Compositions (Hands-On) by Jim Brown, Woodlawn Landscapes and Design~ Create a spring-themed, nature-inspired scene under glass to give as a gift or to keep for yourself. The perfect harbinger of Spring! An additional fee of $35.00 cost includes container, base, miniatures, and miscellaneous materials. Limited to 12 participants.

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SESSION TWO - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM - CHOOSE ONE

05. Pollinators in the Landscape by Ken Johnson, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator 

Would you like to attract more pollinators to your landscape? Pollinator friendly landscaping is becoming increasingly popular. This presentation will discuss what types of flowers different insects are attracted to, ways to make your landscape more attractive to pollinators, as well as resources for creating pollinator gardens.

06. Daylily Hybridizing by Michelle Rogers, Ellison Daylilies~ We will covert the basics of Daylilies and Daylily Hybridizing. Participants will get a peek at some of Ellison Daylilies newest varieties.

07. The Cook's Garden by Grant McCarty, University of Illinois Extension Local Foods and Small Farms Educator Broccoli rabe, amaranth, ‘Cheddar’ cauliflower, Okinawan sweet potato, and spelt are just some of the “newer” vegetables and grains showing up as food trends in the last couple of years. This class will look at what you can grow (and can’t grow) in your summer garden with a focus on produce that will be eaten fresh, made into sauces, and/or is center stage in your cooking. Grains, unique vegetable varieties, microgreens, herbs, and flavor focused produce will be covered in this session in helping you identify what to grow this upcoming season.

08. Vermicomposting (Hands-On) by Nancy Wadsworth, Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, Master Composter ~ Learn about ‘Black Gold’ and how it benefits growth and overall performance of both vegetables and flowering plants. There will be a ‘make it - take it’ opportunity for each participant to make a composting bin (including live red wigglers) to experience  vermicomposting  at home or in your classroom.  An additional fee of $15.00 for materials and worms to make your own bin.

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12:00 PM to 1:00 PM: Buffet Lunch; Visit Vendors

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SESSION THREE - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM - CHOOSE ONE

09. Fun with Fermentation - by Kristin Bogdonas, University of Illinois Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator

Fermentation is growing in popularity as a way to create foods and drinks with probiotic properties and as a method of home food preservation. In this session, you will learn the fundamentals and benefits of fermentation, explore the endless possibilities of fermented foods, taste fermented foods and beverages, and go home with recipes, resources and the knowledge to get started!

10. Incorporating Natives In Your Landscape by Monica Putnam, Hidden Timber Gardens 

Learn the benefits of adding natives to your yard, along with the keys to successfully incorporating them in your preexisting landscape design. This course will provide information on the best native trees, shrubs, and perennials to use that will look fantastic in your yard and help you create your own personal habitat. 

11. "Are My Trees and Plants in Trouble?" New Invaders Update ~by Tricia Bethke, Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator, The Morton Arboretum ~ New and emerging pests can be troublesome to trees and plants, join this presentation to learn how to identify, report and manage new and potentially threatening insects and diseases like European pepper moth, boxwood blight, Sudden Oak Death, Ramorum Blight, spotted lanternfly and other pests of concern.

12. Succulent Wreath (Hands-On) ~ by Bruce Black, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator ~ Bright and textured succulent wreaths are living plant wreaths for any occasion. Succulents are desert plants adapted as houseplants. Learn more about what succulents are, their biology and care, how to build your own wreath. Once you learn the technique, you can customize a succulent wreath for any occasion. Additional $15 cost for supplies.

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2:00 PM to 2:15 PM - Evaluation & Door Prizes Announced

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Sessions will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Extension reserves the right to refuse registrations received at any time if numbers exceed room capacity. For more information about Ready . . . Set . . . Grow... and other Master Gardener programs, please call any Extension office in Carroll, Lee, Ogle, or Whiteside counties. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact your local Extension office. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs. 

To become an exhibitor, please complete the form, and mail it, along with your payment or register your booth online at:

go.illinois.edu/RSGExhibitor

Becoming an exhibitor is easy and inexpensive.  Each exhibitor will receive one 6 foot table and two chairs in the Exhibit Mall area to promote your business and sell your merchandise, Continental breakfast and lunch for the cost of $30.00.

If you have any questions regarding exhibiting at Ready…Set…Grow… please contact U of I Extension Program Coordinator  Marilyn Kemmerer at 815 857-3525 or kemmerer@illinois.edu

Current Exhibitor Listing