HOFFMAN, Ill. – “After the long winter we are all anxious for spring to get here – both gardeners and non-gardeners alike,” said Gail DeVilbiss, Extension agriculture and natural resource coordinator. The annual Spring Fling garden day on March 23 is a great way to gear up for spring.

Spring Fling will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hoffman Community Center, 110 E. Park Ave., Hoffman. The event is  organized by local Illinois master gardeners as a learning and social event to bring together area gardeners and naturalists of all levels from beginner to ‘master.’

Keynote speaker Bill Rupert will discuss how to incorporate natives into landscaping. The horticulturist will discuss plant selection, and cover basic landscape design principles that can create a landscape that will be envied by your neighbors.

Other sessions will include “Hydroponics at Home,” and mastergardeners will talk about “Living with Japanese Beetles,” plus timely horticultural topics to round out the day. Volunteers and staff will share horticulture and natural resource projects currently happening in local communities.

In addition to the scheduled programing, there will be educational displays available with ideas participants can try at home. Some displays will include seed saving, companion planting, identifying garden birds, cooking with herbs, community gardens and more. Master gardeners also will have a Help Desk booth to answer gardening questions.

Register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bcjmw/ or by calling 618-526-4551 by March 11.

 

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