Family News

Family news: In 2008, both of the Hornbaker daughters got married here at the Gardens. 
Molly married Russ Blogg in June. Molly works here at the Gardens, and is taking more responsibility from Rich’s shoulders each year. Russ is a district heritage biologist with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. In November of 2014, they had their first child, Emmett William Blogg, the third Hornbaker grandchild. In January of 2017, they welcomed a second son, Oliver Ray Blogg.

Sara married Mike Tracey in October that same year. Sara teaches kindergarten in Bloomington, where Mike is a financial advisor for Country Insurance and Financial Services. In January of 2010, they blessed us with our first grandchild, Caleb Thomas Tracey, and in February of 2012, our first granddaughter, Addison Ann Tracey.

Our son, David, graduated from the University of Illinois in May, 2010, with a degree in Horticulture. He works with us, taking charge of the creation and maintenance of our gardens and heading up the landscaping and pond installation crew, among many other responsibilities. He married Laura Marek in October of 2015 at our beautiful new event center, The Barn. Laura is an occupational therapist for the BMP Special Education Cooperative. 

In August of 2014, Kathy Hornbaker died after suffering from frontal lobe dementia for several years. She was instrumental in the establishment and operation of Hornbaker Gardens, and is greatly missed by her family, friends, and the many customers who got to know her. A link to her obituary appears below.

Kathy Hornbaker's Obituary


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