The Vermilion County University of Illinois Extension Garden Day Workshop and Spring Festival is right around the corner, filled to the brim with everything plant lovers enjoy: phenomenal speakers, vendors, a delicious hot lunch, a silent auction, raffle baskets and door prizes. It is a great way to shake off the winter doldrums and get inspiration for this year’s garden.
This year’s event will be held on Saturday, March 9, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Danville Area Community College. The doors open at 8 a.m., when the public is welcome to start shopping the vendors and making bids on silent auction items. If you wish to listen to the speakers, enjoy lunch prepared by the DACC Culinary Arts School and receive a bag filled with garden goodies, the registration fee is $25. Your payment reserves your seat. This event has sold out the last several years, so be sure to register quickly!
Speakers and topics of this year’s event will include Amanda Krabbe (Designing a Downsized Garden), Mary Ann Metz (Hydrangeas 101), JoEllen Sharp (Deer Can Cost You a Lot of Doe) and Ryan Pankau (Invasives—What Every Gardener Should Know).
For those who cannot commit to a whole day, the Spring Festival is open to the public from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at no charge. All are welcome to come peruse garden-themed vendors and the silent auction items. To register or for more information, call or visit the U of I Extension office in Vermilion County at 3164 N. Vermilion, Danville, 217.442.8615. You can also register for this event online at go.illinois.edu/GardenDay.