Gardeners' BIG Day 2023

Save the Date

Registration opens - February 1, 2023

  • Educate yourself in new methods
  • Expand your gardening knowledge
  • Experience FUN classes
  • Bring your friends and make new ones too
  • As you become a better gardener

Gardener’s BIG Day is set for a full day, bringing 12 expert presenters to the campus of Spoon River College, Canton IL.
Enjoy a fulfilling day of training sessions, door prizes, and more.Currently, plans include:

Keynote - Duane Friend, Extreme Weather in Your Garden

Educational Sessions (participants will get to select three)

  • Jennifer Bass, Extension Master Gardener – Prairie plants and their uses by Native Americans and Early Settlers
  • Rob Preston – Apple Orchard Pruning/Beekeeping
  • Bob Streitmatter, Luthy Botanical Garden – Roses of Luthy Botanical Garden
  • Rhonda Ferree – Horticulture Travel: Finding Plants in every Adventure
  • Christine Wright – 20 Ways to Use 20 Stems
  • Rob Preston – Apple Orchard Pruning/Beekeeping
  • Doug Franks, Prairie Dawgs and Extension Master Naturalist – Prairie Installation/Maintenance
  • Jeff Kipling, Kipling Lavendar Farm
  • Christine Wright – 20 ways to use 20 stems
  • Corrine Brown, Illinois Central College – new flowers/AAS selections
  • John Curtis, Barefoot Gardens – Key Tools for your home vegetable garden
  • Chris Enroth, University of Illinois Extension – Native Plants for Home Landscape

If you are interested in receiving a marketing email when complete details are available you may sign up for our e-blast list, select the horticulture subject matter area.


If you like to invite others to join you at Gardeners' BIG Day you may use these tools:

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Save the Date Flyer (2 up, front and back, half sheet)