Garden season arrives at museum

SYCAMORE – It is garden time at the Sycamore History Museum.

The weather is finally turning warmer, and everyone is anxious to get to work outside. The museum has programs for adults and children in its traditional farmstead gardens. The Master Gardeners are partnering with the museum on educational programs for adults on the second Wednesday of the month, and with garden story times for 3-6-year-olds throughout the summer.

“Back on the Farm Gardening” is a series taught by Master Gardeners. A variety of topics will be explored throughout the summer. The programs start at 10 a.m. and last about one hour. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions and problems to the workshop. The first talk will be on Wednesday, May 8, when Candice Miller will present “Sustainable Landscaping 101.” During this session, learn about various aspects of sustainable landscaping, including how to achieve energy efficiency in your home through proper planting, sustainable weed control and pest control techniques, proper mulching techniques for moisture conservation and water-efficient landscaping ideas.

Garden Story Time starts with “Seeds are Fun.” Children will listen to a story, sing songs, walk around the gardens and participate in a craft activity. This program also starts at 10 a.m. There is a different theme each session. The dates for this year’s programs are May 9, May 16, June 13, June 20, July 11, July 18, September 12 and September 19.

There is no fee for the programs, but registration is recommended. For more information, call 815-895-5762 or visit

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