Gardeners' BIG Day 2022

Master Gardeners from Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell counties are continuing the 20-year tradition of Gardeners' BIG Day by hosting an online Gardeners' BIG Day on Friday, March 4, 2022 via Zoom. Gardeners' BIG Day will offer a keynote at 9 a.m. and two break-out tracks, each offering a different program at 10 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Central Time. You decide which ones you want to participate in. We will send you all the ZOOM links and access to handouts a few days prior to the event.

Registration is $10 and closes Feb 18.

Registrants will receive access to all session recordings after the event. Recordings will be available for 30 days afterward.


9 AM

Sean Rennau, Landscape Architect at Austin Engineering Company

Native Planting Design for Residential Sites

In this session he will share his expertise as well as examples of his work at the Foundry Retail Center, Bloomington and Illinois Art Station, Normal.



1A. Tremendous, Tantalizing Trees
    Bob Streitmatter Luthy Botanical Garden
In the presentation, we will explore all things “Tree!” The discussion will include our relationship with trees, designing with trees and, of course, some really cool trees.
1B. Poisonous Plants
    Genny Gibbs, Retired Illinois Central College
Genny had fun putting this program together. She created an interesting program that combines plant history, chemistry, and even some pop culture with plants.
1C. Designing with Hosta
    Ella Maxwell, Extension Master Gardener
Hosta are so versatile in the shade garden.Explore how to them show off the garden and combine with other plants for a stunning look. They make great container accents too.


2A. High on Hydrangeas
    Ellen Culver, Extension Master Gardener
There is a hydrangea (or 20) for every garden. Ellen will explore the various types of hydrangeas and provide landscaping, growing and pruning tips.
2B. Host and Nectar Plants
    Patricia Melaik, Extension Master Gardener
If you plant “nectar” plants, you will attract butterflies, but if you plant “hosts,” you will grow butterflies in your garden! This is the essence of butterfly gardening.
2C. Seed Diversity
   Kelly Cochran Cohlman, Texas Tech University horticulture grad student
This presentation addresses the changing state of seed diversity in the world today including factors affecting what is available currently. How did we get here and what are the implications for the future?


For more information or to help spread the word about Gardeners' BIG Day feel free to use any of these tools:

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For more information contact

Tara Heath, horticulture program coordinator.

If you will need an accommodation in order to participate, email Tara Heath. Early requests are encouraged to allow time to meet your access needs.