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Gardeners' BIG Day

Notes on the Event Schedule Change

The impact of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) continues to create uncertainty and concern both globally and here in our community. Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, campus leadership has implemented social-distancing protocols that impact all university events. Illinois Extension, as the outreach program of the university, aligns with all policies related to public health and safety.

Effective immediately, ALL face-to-face events, scheduled between now and May 31, 2020, organized by Illinois Extension have been cancelled, suspended, or transitioned to online delivery.

Credit card payments have been reimbursed directly to your credit card. Cash and check payments will be sent in the mail. It will take 2 to 3 weeks for those to be processed.

We will celebrate our GBD 20th Anniversary next year on April 17, 2021. Save the date.

Event Date(s)
Spoon River College, Canton, IL
Event Fee

Plan to join us April 18, 2020 for the 20th anniversary of Gardeners' BIG Day.

Master Gardeners from Fulton and Mason Counties are planning a spectacular line-up of presenters, silent auction items, and vendors. It is always a fun-filled day of learning and connecting with other gardeners.

Keynote Speaker
Colleen Callahan
Director, Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Keynote Address
Project Wingspan: Landscape Enhancement for Imperiled Pollinators of the Midwest

Speakers and Workshops

  • Native Trees for the Home Landscape ~ Debbie Fluegel
  • Moles, Voles, Rabbits, Squirrels ~ Duane Friend
  • Shade Gardening ~ Ella Maxwell
  • High on Hydrangeas ~ Ellen Culver
  • 20 Ways to Use 20 Stems ~ Christine Wright
  • Going Organic ~ Chris Enroth
  • The Science of Climate Change ~ Ray Wolf
  • Confessions of a Weed Thug ~ Steve Maxwell
  • Quality Garden Tools ~ John Curtis
  • What’s Happening in My Garden: Insects ~ Ken Johnson
  • Organic, Local, Natural ~ Jenna Smith
  • Tour of Arboretum ~ Art Holtman, Bob Keene & Terry Meade
  • Natural Fertilizers and Composting ~ Yuqing Mao
  • Beginning Gardening ~ Lee Maki

Registration Fees
Early Bird by March 23 - $35
Final Deadline by April 9 - $45
Some workshops have additional $12.50 supply fee.
Registration includes lunch and a reusable cup.

Event is held at Spoon River College, Canton.

Co-hosted by Spoon River Garden Club.


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