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2020 Artisan Market Call for Artists. Deadline to submit is April 27, 2020.

*All 2020 workshops and events are on hold for now. We are not taking registrations at this time.*

FOOD TRUCKS AT THE GARDENS!
Saturday, May 2 – Didough's Pretzels
Saturday, May 9 – Farmer Smoked BBQ
Saturday, May 16 – Uncle Bud's Apple Cider Slush and Grill
Saturday, May 23 – Sam's Chicago Style Hotdogs
Saturday, May 30 – Buck Shot BBQ
Saturday, June 6 –  Didough's Pretzels
Friday, June 12 & Saturday, June 13 – Grandma Rosie's Wood Fired Pizza and Sweet Treats

Saturday, April 18 at 1 pm
New Plants for 2020: Join us in the garden center to learn about some exciting new plant varieties including hostas, perennials, trees and shrubs. Molly will share some growing tips and specifics of where you can utilize these beauties in your own space. Free workshop

Saturday, April 25 at 1 pm
Gardening with Perennials: As we start our 34th year in business, we’ll talk about our new “Tested Hardy at Hornbaker Gardens” feature, along with general tips on growing and cutting back perennials. We’ll demonstrate how to divide a variety of perennials, including hostas, of course. Most perennials are hardy and easily divided, and spring is generally the best time to divide. We will also discuss some of the perennials that should be divided at other times of the year. Free workshop.

Saturday, May 2 at 1 pm
Lessons in Soil Health: Understanding the basics of soil health is incredibly important when considering starting a garden. Conventional methods of preparing the ground for planting, such as tilling, are worth rethinking. Folks from our local non-profit Hungry World Farm will be here to lead an interactive group project of preparing for a small garden utilizing low impact techniques. Free workshop. www.hungryworldfarm.com
Food Truck: Didough's Pretzels

Monday, May 4 at 6:30 pm (Evenings on The Patio series) 
Back by popular demand, our evening on the patio series at our event center, The Barn. Enjoy the fresh air and peaceful surroundings, and a complimentary beer or wine. Plan a date night, a girl’s night out, or come on your own. 
Spring Container: May has arrived and it’s time to pot up a beautiful container for your porch or patio. We will assemble some recipes of colorful combinations for you to choose from, taking the guesswork out of deciding which plants work well together. We’ll supply a 12 inch container, potting soil, fertilizer, plants and step by step instructions. You sip and mingle while playing in the dirt. Reservations are required. Fee: $35  Click Here to sign up!

Saturday, May 9 from 10 am to 12 pm
Kids’ Containers for Mother’s Day: Here’s a chance for the kids to come get their hands dirty and create something pretty for Mom, for Mother’s Day. We will have a good selection of inexpensive containers to choose from, or they can bring their own. We’ll assist, as needed, with plant selection and potting, and they will go home with a gift Mom is sure to love!  Can’t make it between 10am and noon? No problem! Our staff is happy to help you pot up a container anytime. Fee: Cost of container and plants chosen
Food Truck: Farmer Smoked BBQ, 11 am to 2 pm

Monday, May 11 at 6:30 pm (Evenings on The Patio series) 
Enjoy the fresh air and peaceful surroundings on the patio at The Barn, and a complimentary beer or wine. Plan a date night, a girl’s night out, or come on your own. 
Terrarium “Make & Take” Workshop: Terrariums are a popular way to add a little green to an indoor space. We will outline the basics of design, planting and care, and assist participants in building their own glass terrarium to take home or give as a gift.  We have various sizes of vessels to choose from, and all materials and plants are included. Fee ($25-$60) depends on the container you choose. Free to just observe.  Click Here to sign up!

Saturday, May 16 at 1 pm
All About Herbs with the U of I Extension: This workshop will give you a basic understanding of growing herbs. Learn how to identify them, how to harvest, tips for growing & drying, kitchen herbs, herbs for fragrance, and more. We are excited to offer a selection of organic herbs this year. Come experience the taste, smell and feel of wonderful herbs! After you’ve learned the basics, you might visit our potting table to create your own herb container. Free workshop
Food Truck: Uncle Bud's Apple Cider Slush and Grill, 11 am to 2 pm

Monday, May 18 at 6:30 pm (Evenings on The Patio series)
Enjoy the fresh air and peaceful surroundings on the patio at The Barn, and a complimentary beer or wine. Plan a date night, a girl’s night out, or come on your own. 
Arboretum Walk: The Hornbakers have been planting trees and shrubs on their 40 acres for over 40 years. Join Rich and Dave for an evening stroll around the grounds while they point out and discuss some of the highlights. Several varieties of Beech trees will be featured, along with many other unusual and standard plants, including conifers. We will finish up on The Barn patio with beer and wine. Reservations are required. Click Here to get signed up.

Saturday, May 23 at 1 pm
Miniature Garden “Make & Take” Workshop: This is a hands-on workshop for all ages in which you will learn how to create and care for your very own miniature garden. Molly Hornbaker Blogg will provide information on how to get started and assist you along the way. You simply bring your creativity and ideas! Fee includes your container, soil, and plants. You pick out and purchase your choice of miniature accessories, at a special 20% discount for workshop participants. Fee: $40. Free to just observe.  Click Here to sign up!
Food Truck: Sam's Chicago Style Hotdogs

Saturday, May 30 at 1 pm
Mason Jar Flower Arranging “Make & Take” Workshop: Here’s your chance to take home some of the beautiful cut flowers blooming at Hornbaker Gardens! Lindsay Funderberg is the manager of The Barn here at the Gardens. She’s an incredible florist and an amazing human being in general. Lindsay will be offering tips and guidance as you use foliage and flowers from our gardens to create your own arrangement in a mason jar. Other containers will be available for purchase if you prefer. Fee: $10  Click Here to sign up!
Food Truck: Buck Shot BBQ

Monday, June 1 at 6:30 pm (Evenings on The Patio series)
Enjoy the fresh air and peaceful surroundings on the patio at The Barn, and a complimentary beer or wine. Plan a date night, a girl’s night out, or come on your own. 
Sensational Succulents: In this hands-on workshop, you’ll be creating your own mini succulent garden. David Hornbaker will provide expert guidance and a variety of unique upcycled containers for you to choose from, including steel ductwork, logs/branches, various items from a second-hand shop, along with some more traditional containers. Reservations are required. Fee: $35. Click Here to sign up!

Saturday, June 6 at 1 pm
Kids’ Dragon/Fairy Garden “Make & Take” Workshop: If your littles love dragons or fairies or both, they’ll have fun creating a succulent habitat for their creatures. We’ll assist them in planting and talk about how to care for their containers, which can be moved indoors in the winter. All supplies provided, including dragon and fairy figures to accessorize their container. Fee: $20  Click Here to sign up!
​Food Truck: Didough's Pretzels

OPEN HOUSE and HOSTA WALK on June 12-13-14, 2020
This annual 3-day event offers many items with special pricing including a long list of hostas. There will also be refreshments, door prizes, and the gardens will be looking their best! We will have a free gardening workshop. We will have Grandma Rosie's Wood-fired Pizza and Sweet Treats food trucks here on Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm. 
***FRIDAY EXTENDED HOURS...we will be open from 5-7 p.m. on Friday night with pizza, wine and beer.


Friday, June 12, 5-7 p.m.
Friday Night Sip and Stroll: Pizza, beer & wine in the gardens! The garden center will be open until 7:00 p.m. Come check out the Open House specials and stroll the beautiful display gardens. Grandma Rosie's Wood Fired Pizza and Sweet Treats wiil be serving up their wood-fired pizzas and ice cream. We’ll also have a mini-bar selling wine and beer. 

Saturday, June 13 at 1 pm
Hypertufa “Make & Take” Workshop: Peoria-area horticulturist Ella Maxwell will be here to help you create a rustic container for your patio, deck, or garden.  We will have the materials on hand for you to make a small planter using a mixture of materials called hypertufa, which looks like stone after it cures. You can also incorporate your own found treasures such as marbles, broken china, cut glass, or rocks, into the surface of the pot during construction. Hypertufa troughs and planters make great containers for succulents and other alpine plants that require good drainage. Please wear old clothes and shoes. Reservations are required. Fee: $20. Free to just observe.  Click Here to sign up!
Food Truck: Grandma Rosie's Wood Fired Pizza and Sweet Treats, 11 am to 2 pm

Sunday, July 12
SPECIAL EVENT!  Hosta expert Bob Solberg, of Green Hill Farm in North Carolina, will join us to share his knowledge and experiences. Hosta hybridizing has been a passion of Bob’s for almost 30 years. He has introduced about 100 hostas to date. A few of his best known cultivars are: 'Guacamole', ‘Orange Marmalade', ‘First Frost’, ‘Curly Fries’, and 'First Blush’. The garden center will be open this day from 10am to 5 pm. Here's the schedule for the day:
10 am to noon - Meet and Greet with Bob Solberg in the garden center
11:30 - 12:30 - Lunch in our event center, The Barn (optional)
1:00 pm - "Growing Hostas in Containers at Home and in Japan",  a presentation by Bob Solberg

Door prizes, photo contests, $2.00 off all hostas, contest for floral arrangement featuring one or more hosta leaves.
Reservations are required.  Click Here to get signed up!

Saturday, September 19 - 10 am to 4 pm
8th Annual Artisan Market.   Join us in our beautiful country setting for a day filled with 30+ fine artists, craft beer, delicious home baked items, live music, wine tasting, fresh-picked local produce, local lunch fare, ice cream and more. Mark your calendars now and plan to spend a beautiful, fall day in the country. Free Admission.  
 

   

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