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Registration Now Open for McHenry County Gardenfest

[Monday, February 10, 2020]

Explore the latest gardening trends, techniques, and tools at McHenry County Gardenfest, a daylong series of seminars and workshops for gardeners of every skill level. The event will take place on Saturday, April 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Highway 14 in Crystal Lake.

Attendees can choose from nearly 15 breakout sessions presented by industry experts covering topics such as tool care and sharpening, landscaping for birds, cooking with herbs, growing your own bouquets, and landscaping ideas from HGTV's "Fixer Upper."

The morning keynote will be presented by William Moss, a trusted authority in landscape design, horticulture, and urban agriculture. Over the course of his career, William has appeared on shows such as TLC's "Town Haul"; Discovery Channel's "Rally Round the House"; and as the host of HGTV's "Dig In." In his keynote, William will review 20 of the best vegetables to grow in Chicagoland based on nutrition, productivity, seasonality, ornament, and maintenance.

The afternoon keynote speaker, Nina Koziol, will discuss the gardener as an artist, showcasing examples of public and private gardens that feature magical, elegant, and even quirky creations that are sure to inspire. Koziol has taught horticulture and design at the Chicago Botanic Garden and The Morton Arboretum for 20 years.

Held annually, Gardenfest is sponsored by McHenry County College and the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners.

Registration costs $45 and is now open at Fee includes lunch. Space is limited, so those interested are encouraged to register early. The registration deadline is March 27; no refunds will be issued after this date. Tickets can also be bought on a first come, first served basis on the day of the event for an extra $5.   

For more information, visit, email, or call (815) 479-7570.

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