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McHenry County Gardenfest 2018

Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Presented by University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners and McHenry County College

Costs $45 and includes lunch

Spring has sprung at the McHenry County Gardenfest. Come learn about new garden trends, plants and techniques at this day-long series of garden-related seminars and workshops.

Gardenfest 2018 will be held April 7 at McHenry County College (MCC), 8900 U.S. Route 14, in Crystal Lake, Ill., from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gardenfest is an annual educational event co-sponsored by MCC and the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners. A total of 20 breakout sessions — presented by industry experts, U of I Extension educators, Master Gardeners and MCC instructors — will cover a myriad of gardening topics. In addition, dozens of exhibitors will be onsite selling books and garden-related products and demonstrating their crafts.

The keynote speaker will be Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville Wis. His keynote address will discuss, “The Sensory Garden.” Dwyer has been with the Rotary Botanical Garden for 19 years, where he directs the maintenance and improvement of this 20-acre botanical resource with a talented grounds staff and many dedicated volunteers. Mark previously worked at Fernwood Botanical Garden in Niles, Mich., and as a landscape designer in Appleton, Wis. Mark has degrees in landscape architecture and urban forestry. He also blogs at

Other Gardenfest topics will include “Developing a Pollinator’s Paradise,” “Fun and Fabulous Terrariums,” “Cooking with Herbs,” and “Feng Shui and Zen Meditation Gardens” in addition to many “how-to” classes.

Gardenfest boasts 20 breakout sessions offered in four segments; each segment lasts an hour. Lunch will be served midday in the MCC cafeteria. Attendees also are eligible for door prizes.

Registration forms are available online at Registration begins Feb. 12, and the cost is $45. Space is limited, so register early. The registration deadline is March 27; no refunds after this date. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the day of the event (for an added $5 fee, first come, first served). No refunds for any reason. For more information, visit, email or call 815-479-7570.


Saturday, April 7 from 7:30 am to 4 pm




McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL, United States

McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL, United States

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