CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — The McHenry County Garden Walk will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 9. The Garden Walk will showcase 10 gardens — eight private gardens and two volunteer-tended teaching gardens. The tour starts at the McHenry County College Demonstration Garden, 8900 US-14, Crystal Lake, and meanders through the central part of county.
Cost is $12. Tickets can be purchased at MCC, parking lot C, on the day of the event. Proceeds help support the educational missions of MCC and McHenry County Extension.
For more information, visit mchenry.edu/gardenwalk or call 815-479-7570.
Vermilion County Garden Walk
DANVILLE, Ill. — The Vermilion County Garden Walk will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9. Featured will be seven private homes in southern Vermilion County offering unique ideas to attendees.
Tickets are $10 and are available at the Vermilion County Extension office, 3164 N. Vermilion St., Danville; Berry’s Garden Center, 3714 N. Vermilion St., Danville; Lima Bean Glassworks, 145 N. Vermilion St., Danville; Flowers on Main, 804 Main St., Georgetown; and Walt’s Acres, 800 N. Orchard St., Ridge Farm.
Tickets also can be purchased online at go.illinois.edu/VCMGGardenWalk2022.
For more information, call 217-442-8615.
Blackford County Fair
HARTFORD CITY, Ind. — Blackford County Fair, July 9-16, 310 E. Park Ave., Hartford City; www.facebook.com/blackford4h; 765-348-9950.
Henry County 4-H Fair
NEW CASTLE, Ind. — Henry County 4-H Fair, July 9-15, 2221 N. Memorial Drive, New Castle; https://extension.purdue.edu/county/henry/county-fair.html, 765-529-5002.
Jay County Fair
LaPorte County Fair
New Wayne County Fair
FAIRFIELD. Ill. — The New Wayne County Fair, July 9-16, 215 SE Third St., Fairfield; 618-842-2621.
Vigo County Fair
Beverly/Morgan Park Garden Walk
CHICAGO — The Beverly/Morgan Park Garden Walk will be noon to 5 p.m. July 10. The Garden Walk will begin with check-in at the Edna White Community Garden, 1850 W. Monterey Ave., Chicago, where people are welcome to walk among the beautiful plantings, and observe butterflies and bees from the new observatory.
Featured gardens are located throughout the neighborhood. Each stop is distinctive for its style, variety of plantings, and unique beauty. Each location will host an experience including food and beverage tastings, music, and garden specialties.
The private spots being showcased are:
• A dazzling, multi-level yard with a beautiful and practical rain garden.
• An inspiring yard with a true urban farm that supplies organic produce to a food pantry, and where beauty and bounty collide with veggies and herbs mixed among the flowers.
• An enchanting understory woodland garden that combines a wide variety of unusual conifers and deciduous trees with fanciful statuary.
• A delightfully artful yard with colorful eclectic decorative pieces including an homage to the Art Institute of Chicago, and a wide variety of plants and flowers.
• A hilltop garden with a brilliant display of red roses, a variety of ornamental trees, plus areas dedicated to shade loving plants and the sunny family vegetable garden.
• A “fresh start” garden where homeowners with a keen eye for beauty and detail created all new landscapes for their front, side and back yards using unusual annual and perennial plants, distinctive pots, and welcoming patio areas.
• A party-perfect garden where exceptional mature plants and sophisticated planters create a great space for entertaining a few friends, relaxing with the family, or hosting a big bash.
Delaware County 4-H Fair
Gibson County Fair
Jersey County Fair
JERSEYVILLE, Ill. — Jersey County Fair, July 10-17, 100 W. Fairground Ave., Jerseyville; www.riversandroutes.com/events/annual-events/jersey-county-fair; 618-498-5848.
Kosciusko County Community Fair
Crossing Healthcare Garden Tour
DECATUR, Ill. — The Macon County Crossing Healthcare Garden Tour will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 11.
Master gardeners will lead the tour, explaining the utilized garden methods, showing the use of the raised beds, and telling of the history of the garden’s growth.
The garden is located at 320 Central Ave., Decatur. Register at tinyurl.com/yeyb9pu9. For more information, call 217-877-6042.
High Tunnel & Field Vegetable Production
WATERLOO, Ill. — High Tunnel & Field Vegetable Production will be featured in the Summer Twilight Series program from 6 to 8 p.m. July 11 at Feather’s Farm, 5924 J Road, Waterloo.
Feather’s Farm was established in 2018 and has expanded to multiple high tunnels, with greenhouse and field production of a wide range of vegetables and pasture-raised eggs. Their vegetable production is very compact, at only one-third of an acre, while the chickens rotationally graze three acres, so they have plenty of room to spread out. They pride themselves on having a pesticide-free, synthetic-free, no-till production system. They grow crops and maintain several sales outlets, including local farmers markets, an online store, CSA, grocery stores, and restaurants.
Some highlights will include a demonstration of how they grow lettuce through the summer heat (from seed to harvest), high tunnel and irrigation automation, the importance of irrigation water quality and how to fix poor water quality, rain harvest systems, and no-till production systems. Anyone interested in learning more about local vegetable production and marketing in southern Illinois is encouraged to attend and capitalize on this on-farm learning and networking opportunity.
Register at tinyurl.com/m6j9hzck.
Cass County Fair
Franklin County Fair
BROOKVILLE, Ind. — Franklin County Fair, July 11-16, 7178 Blue Creek Road, Brookville; www.facebook.com/FranklinCountyIN4HFair; 765-647-3511.
Howard County 4-H Fair
Knox County Fair
Newton County Pun’kin Vine Fair
Fisher Community Fair & Horse Show
Generate Income from Private Woodlands
The online program Generate Income from Private Woodlands will be from 6 to 7:15 p.m. July 12. Timber sales are one of the most common sources of income for woodland owners, but several other products and services may provide money-making opportunities.
Lenny Farlee, Purdue University Extension forester, will explain products and services that can help landowners earn dollars from their properties.
Identifying Common Lawn and Garden Weeds
Identifying Common Lawn and Garden Weeds will be the topic of the online Four Seasons Gardening program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. July 12. All too often, homeowners struggle with invading weeds. They believe they are trying to control one species when, in fact, they have another species entirely, resulting in poor weed control. Join Michelle Wiesbrook, Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program specialist, to learn about proper weed identification. Knowing what to look for and where to look makes weed identification considerably easier. Register at tinyurl.com/yda89vej.
Mercer County Fair
Nashville-Washington County Fair
NASHVILLE, Ill. — Nashville-Washington County Fair, July 12-16, East St. Louis St., Nashville; 618-327-4401 or 618-327-3298.
Kane County Fair
Noble County Community Fair
Hamilton County 4-H Fair
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — Hamilton County 4-H Fair, July 14-18, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville; www.hamiltoncofairgrounds.com; 317-776-0854.
La Salle County Jr. Fair
OTTAWA, Ill. — La Salle County Jr. Fair, July 14-17, 1578 4-H Road, Ottawa; firstname.lastname@example.org; 815-200-3913.
Carroll County Fair
FLORA, Ind. — Carroll County Fair, July 15-23, 102 N. Fourth St., Flora; tinyurl.com/y3sjxzzj; 574-967-3538.
Clark County Fair
CHARLESTON, Ind. — Clark County Fair, July 15-23, 9608 IN-62, Charleston; www.clarkcountyfairgrounds.com; 812-256-4591.
Hamilton County Fair
MCLEANSBORO, Ill. — Hamilton County Fair, July 15-24, Route 14 West, McLeansboro; email@example.com.
Huntington County Fair
HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Huntington County Fair, July 15-29, 631 E. Taylor St., Huntington; www.huntingtoncountyfairgrounds.com; 260-358-4826.
Massac County Youth Fair
METROPOLIS, Ill. — Massac County Youth Fair, July 15-23, 4476 Korte Road, Metropolis; firstname.lastname@example.org; 618-524-4608.
Randolph County 4-H Fair
WINCHESTER, Ind. — Randolph County 4-H Fair, July 15-22, 1885 US-27, Winchester; 765-584-2271.
Steuben County Fair
ANGOLA, Ind. — Steuben County Fair, July 15-21, 101 Lane 101 Crooked Lake, Angola; 260-668-1000.
Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair
LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair, July 15-23, 1406 Teal Road, Lafayette; 765-474-0793.
Whitley County 4-H Fair
COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. — Whitley County 4-H Fair, July 15-21, 680 W. Squawbuck Road, Columbia City; www.whitleycounty4h.com; 260-244-7615.