Skip to main content

Register NOW for Home, Lawn, and Garden Day - a day of gardening fun and learning!

A variety of pots growing herbs sitting in a circle on soil

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Be inspired to plant a pollinator garden or patio container, fall in love with a new plant at the garden centers this year, or even learn the basics of everyday gardening at the University of Illinois Extension McLean County Master Gardeners’ 21st annual Home, Lawn, and Garden Day on Saturday, March 11 at Central Catholic High School, Bloomington. Home, Lawn, and Garden Day is a day dedicated to garden fun and education!

Online registration is open until March 1. Please register at the University of Illinois Extension website at or stop by the McLean County Extension office at 1615 Commerce Parkway, Bloomington.

Home, Lawn, and Garden Day is an event packed full of gardening speakers and workshops including keynote speaker, Melinda Myers. Melinda is a TV/radio host, author, and columnist with over 30 years of gardening experience who will inspire us all to incorporate easy-care plants that provide nutrition, fragrance, and beauty throughout our landscape. Plus, she will provide big-impact plant combinations that are sure to maximize your garden’s beauty and deliver enjoyment for years to come. Melinda will also discuss space and energy-efficient garden design tricks to keep your gardening even when time, energy, and space are limited.

The day will open with a presentation for all by Ella Maxwell, a horticulturist, and certified arborist. She will open the morning exciting us all with “Waking Up Your Garden: Getting Ready for Spring.” Spring garden chores will set the tone for your season-long success in your garden. Learn what chores are necessary for spring and Ella will share what has worked for her.  

The fee for this half-day (8 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.) program is $30 and includes, the welcome and keynote sessions, two additional break-out sessions, and light refreshments. Hands-on workshops may have additional costs to cover materials that may be used.

Some of the breakout sessions offered include houseplants, vegetable gardening, new plants for 2023, native plants, and pollinator gardens

There will be plenty of time to visit and shop with the many exhibitors. It is an excellent opportunity to meet and talk with local garden center representatives about new products or to purchase a garden treasure. For questions about the program, or if you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact us at (309) 663-8306. Reserve your spot today!


Source: Brittnay Haag, Horticulture Educator, University of Illinois Extension

ABOUT EXTENSION: Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities.