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Gardenfest - Ready, Set, Grow

Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Who should attend Gardenfest?

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?

Get Out and Grow Veggies 2020

Enjoy the morning keynote address "Get Out and Grow Veggies 2020" by TV garden host, author, producer, and educator, William Moss. William will review 20 of the best veggies to grow in Chicagoland based on nutrition, productivity, maintenance, etc. He'll discuss new varieties with new features and old varieties with newly discovered attributes.

The Gardener as Artist

In her afternoon keynote address, Nina Koziol looks at public and private gardens--from the quirky and magical to the elegant and innovative (and their creators)—and the plants and garden art within them. If you need inspiration, this is for you.

Choose from many breakout sessions to fill your day with education, information and new ideas!

Breakout sessions include:

  • Landscapes and Gardens from a Designer's View
  • Backyard Blueberries and Raspberries
  • Tool Care and Sharpening
  • Curb Appeal and Landscaping Ideas from Fixer Upper
  • and many, many more!

downloadDownload descriptions of all the Gardenfest breakout sessions!


McHenry County College

What does it cost?

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

How can I register?

Registration Deadline: March 27, 2020 (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, complete the registration form(s) and mail to:

MCC Conferences
8900 U.S. Highway 14
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012-2761

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

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