This year’s annual Spring Gardening Workshop, offered by the Sandwich Park District for the past 12 years, was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The park district hopes that a similar workshop can take place this fall if circumstances allow.
In the meantime, the park district will host a special fundraiser plant sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 27, in the open air at the Harvey Creek Conservation Area on Lions Road just east of Dayton Street and the Indian Valley Vocational Center.
The sale will primarily feature pollinator-friendly perennials, annuals and shrubs, such as asters, beebalm, black-eyed susans, coreopsis, Joe Pye weed, liatris, milkweeds and penstemon. Many of these will be provided by Redbud Creek Farm.
Many of the plants for sale will be native to Illinois, an important factor for maintaining the ecosystem of the Midwest. The majority of plants to be offered will be those enjoyed by pollinators because pollinators, such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, are extremely important to the natural world and the agricultural production of the fruits and vegetables we eat every day. Educational handouts will be provided on these topics and a Kendall County Master Gardener with the University of Illinois Extension will be present to answer questions.
All money raised from this sale will go toward funding a college scholarship that was recently established by the Sandwich Park Foundation, the fundraising arm of the park district. The foundation’s plan is that this award be given annually to a graduating senior who has attended IVVC and has worked on one or more projects for the parks through their school program. The first scholarship would be given in 2021.
For information on the plant sale or the scholarship, email Park District Director Bill Novicki at email@example.com or call him at 815-786-8044.