Gardeners Pathway eases winter's chill

MALTA – A day of fun, learning, and enjoyment are in store at the 2014 Gardener’s Pathway. University of Illinois Extension DeKalb County Master Gardeners and Kishwaukee College Continuing Education present a one-day collection of workshops for gardeners of all levels of experience.

The event will take place from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Kishwaukee College Conference Center, at Route 38 and Malta Road in Malta. Keynote speaker Melinda Myers will present "Creating a Colorful Garden Filled with Color, Form and Year-Round Interest." Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience, has written more than 20 gardening books and is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine.

Following the keynote presentation, attendees can choose from 18 workshops ranging from preserving food safely to body-smart gardening. Other topics include butterflies, roses, new for 2014, gifts from the garden, garden tips and tricks, forcing bulbs and branches, native plants in the home landscape, lasagna gardening, understanding wildlife in the garden, and many more. Myers will also present a breakout session called "Healthful Gardening in Any Available Space."

The workshop fee is $60, which includes a continental breakfast, garden lunch, welcome bag and select handouts. In addition to the workshops, a wide variety of vendors will be present at the Exhibit Hall including Blumen Gardens, DeKalb Area Garden Club, DeKalb County Community Gardens, Farm & Fleet, Heinz Brothers, Redbud Creek Farm, SIDEKICK by Sharon, The Garden Market, Wasco Nursery, Wild Ones of Rock River Valley and more. A variety of Myers’ books and DVDs will be available for purchase at a discounted rate. Myers will sign books upon purchase. Only cash or check will be accepted for book purchases.

To register for Gardener’s Pathway call 815-825-2086, ext. 2040, or download a registration form from Advance registration is required by Feb. 17. Sessions will be filled in the order registrations are received. Workshops have limited seating space, so be prepared to share your first and second choice of workshops for each session.

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