Gardenfest - Ready, Set, Grow

Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Who should attend?

If you're looking to improve your "green" thumb, or you're a seasoned gardener, you'll benefit from Gardenfest workshops.

What will I learn?

Enjoy the keynote address "The Sensory Garden" with Mark Dwyer plus choose from over 30 other breakout sessions to fill your day with education, information and new ideas.

Mark has been the Director of Horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, WI for the past 19 years. He directs the continued maintenance and improvement of this 20 acre botanical resource with a talented grounds staff and many dedicated volunteers. Mark previously worked at Fernwood Botanical Garden (Niles, MI) and as a landscape designer in Appleton, WI. Mark has degrees in landscape architecture (University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana) and urban forestry (UW-Stevens Point). Mark’s true passion is obtaining, growing, observing and photographing all types of plants. Mark also blogs daily from the gardens at

Breakout sessions will include:

  • Developing a Pollinator's Paradise
  • Fun and Fabulous Terrariums
  • Cooking with Herbs
  • Feng Shui and Zen Meditation Gardens
  • and many, many more!
  • See descriptions of all the breakout sessions


Luecht Conference Center, McHenry County College

What does it cost?

$45 Public - NCC S61 001
$25 MCC Horticulture Students - NCC S61 002
fee includes lunch.

Registration Deadline: March 27, 2018 (no refunds after this date) After March 27, registration is only accepted the day of the conference for an additional $5 fee (space limited)

If paying by check, please fill out the registration form(s) and mail to:

The Luecht Conference Center
8900 US Hwy 14
Crystal Lake, IL 60012-2761

If paying by credit card, please fill out the registration form and fax the information to (815) 479-7775.