Gardenfest - Ready, Set, Grow

Explore the latest gardening trends, techniques, and tools during this daylong series of seminars for gardeners of every skill level.

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

Saturday, April 13, 2024, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Luecht Auditorium, B170

Attendees can choose from more than 20 breakout sessions presented by industry experts covering topics such as natural lawn care practices, garden insects and diseases, tool care, composting, vertical and container gardening, shrub selection, and more.

The morning keynote, “Gardening for Nature,” will be presented by Daniel Gerdes. In the session, attendees will learn about the meaningful steps that anyone can take to support pollinator populations, birdlife, soil ecosystems, and wildlife—all while reducing their carbon footprint, providing healthy habitats, and enhancing genetic diversity.

How to Register

All registrations will be online. No registrations will be accepted by mail or phone.

Please indicate your first and second choice for each session. See breakout presentation descriptions

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Register each person attending. The registration fee includes lunch. No registrations will be accepted by phone.

Registration Deadline: March 29, 2024* (no refunds after this date)

__ $49 Registration fee

__ $29 MCC Horticulture students

*After this date, registration is only accepted on the day of the conference for an additional $5 fee (space limited)

If you need an accommodation or a sign language interpreter, contact Access and Disability Services at (815) 455-8766 or


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

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