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Gardeners Pathway Workshop set for Feb. 25

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Attendees at the 2015 Gardener’s Pathway symposium at the Kishwaukee College Conference Center were able to shop and discuss gardening with local vendors in the exhibit hall. The year's event will be held Feb. 25.

The University of Illinois Extension DeKalb County Master Gardeners will host the 2017 Gardener’s Pathway from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Kishwaukee College Conference Center.

Advanced registration is required by Feb. 20. Workshops have limited seating space and sessions will be filled in the order registrations are received.

The day will begin with a keynote address by Mark Dwyer, director of Horticulture at the Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, Wisconsin, who will share thematic approaches, plant combinations, landscape design, tools and other cutting-edge garden inspirations. He also will present Amazing Annuals, where he will discuss some of the best and newest annuals that will thrive in your garden with a focus on selections for a wide range of conditions.

Following the keynote presentation, choose from a selection of 18 workshops ranging from Patterns in Nature that inspire Japanese Garden Design to The Fun of Bee-keeping. Other topics include Designing a Kitchen Garden, Native Ferns, Moss, Insect Hotels, Creating a Backyard Pond, Unique Conifers, Best New Plants for 2017 and Vermicomposting.

The second main speaker will be B.J. Miller, production supervisor at BrightFarms. She also has worked in several sectors of the horticulture industry, including several years with Kishwaukee College. Miller will share some of life’s tough lessons and humorous moments through the eyes of a gardener in her lively afternoon presentation.

The workshop fee is $60, and includes morning refreshments, lunch a welcome bag and selected handouts. In addition to the workshops, there will be a wide variety of vendors.

To register for the 2017 Gardener’s Pathway, visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/.

Those who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, should contact the DeKalb County Extension office at 815-758-8194.