Joys of Gardening

Joys of Gardening Returns this February

University of Illinois Extension is pleased to announce that Joys of Gardening returns as an in-person event to offer you gardening tips for the growing season. There will be three fun and informative topics offered from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, at the Highland Community College Student Conference Center, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL.  

To start the day, Martha Smith, Retired Extension Educator will talk about 4 Season Garden Design. We ALL buy those plants on sale with no idea where we will fit them in – we don’t think about seasonal design!  What we are left with is a hodge-podge of plants rather than a seasonal pleasing flow of visual interest.  Do your gardens have some downtime when things aren’t in bloom and the gardens lack pizzazz?  Learn how to plan for color and excitement all year round. Martha will walk you through the basic steps to create eye-catching all-season perennial gardens.

Next, Container Vegetable (and Fruit) Gardening will be presented by Extension Educator, Grant McCarty. Changes in your space or a desire to reduce the size of your yearly garden may have you considering container vegetable gardening. With some slight modifications, you can still grow many of the same vegetables you and your family enjoy but in a smaller growing system. This class will cover the basics of growing vegetables, herbs, and fruits in containers to prepare you for your 2022 growing season.

To finish the morning, Bruce J. Black, Extension Horticulture Educator, will talk about Growing and Preserving Herbs. Herbs are great fun to grow in the home landscape – and they are easy to grow, harvest and keep.  Join Bruce to learn more about harvesting and preserving your home-grown herbs to enjoy in recipes all winter.

This is the 24th offering of Joys of Gardening sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension and the Master Gardener Program.

In an effort to offer local, in-person programming, this event has been modified to keep you safe while attending. Masks are required to be worn at all times.  Participants will be socially distanced.  Hand sanitizing stations will be available. No food or drink will be served.

Registration is required to attend, seating is limited. Registration cost is $10.