Gardening Newsletter




​ 2019:  

Saturday, May 4 – Didough’s Pretzels
Saturday, May 11 – Farmer Smoked BBQ
Saturday, May 18 – Tony’s Butt Shack BBQ
Saturday, May 25 – Sam’s Chicago Style Hotdogs
Saturday, June 1 – Didough's Pretzels
Friday, June 7 & Saturday, June 8 – Backyard Party Guys

Saturday, April 20 at 1 pm
New Plants for 2019: Join us inside our event center, The Barn, to learn about some exciting new plant varieties including hostas, perennials, trees and shrubs. Molly will share photos, some growing tips, and specifics of where you can utilize these beauties in your own space. Free workshop

Saturday, April 27 at 1 pm
Dividing Perennials: As the growing season gets started, we’ll demonstrate how to divide a variety of perennials, including hostas, daylilies and grasses. Most perennials are hardy and easily divided, and spring is generally the best time to divide. We’ll also discuss some of the perennials that should be divided at other times of the year. Free workshop.

Saturday, May 4 at 1 pm
Creative Gardening with Mini Hostas: Miniature plants are easily lost within a garden, even when they are placed front and center. Come explore creative and fun ways to incorporate these cuties into your landscape. David Hornbaker will be sharing some of his favorite minis along with examples of how they work well in containers and in the garden.
Food Truck: Didough's Twisted Pretzels, 11 am to 2 pm

Monday, May 6 at 6:30 pm (Evenings on The Patio series) **SOLD OUT**
We are excited to introduce this season an evening on the patio 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

Saturday, May 11 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

Saturday, May 11 from 10 am to 12 pm
Rock Painting for all ages. The rock painting/hiding craze is a simple act of kindness that’s making a big impact in communities across the country, brightening the days of strangers one rock at a time.Join our own rock painting guru, Dawn, to paint a rock or two to keep or share. Stop out anytime between 10am and noon. All supplies will be provided.
Food Truck: Farmer Smoked BBQ: 11 am to 2 pm

Saturday, May 18 at 1 pm
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 depends on the container you choose. Please call to reserve your spot. Fee: $25-$60.  Free to just observe.
Food Truck: Tony's Butt Shack BBQ, 11 am to 2 pm

Monday, May 20 at 6:30 pm (Evenings on The Patio series)
We are excited to introduce this season an evening on the patio 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. 
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. Free

Saturday, May 25 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. Reservations are required, so please call to reserve your spot. Fee: $40. Free to just observe.
Food Truck: Sam's Chicago Style Hotdogs, 11 am to 2 pm

Saturday, June 1 at 1 pm
Ask the Arborists.  When we have a tree question, we ask one of our local experts at Taylors Way, where they have 8 arborists on staff.  Dennis Taylor, along with a couple other staff arborists, will be here to share some of the basics of tree care and answer any questions you might have on plant healthcare, selection, installation, diseases and insects, corrective pruning, tree enrichment, and root issues. 
Food Truck: Farmer Smoked BBQ, 11 am to 2 pm

Monday, June 3 at 6:30 pm (Evenings on The Patio series)
We are excited to introduce this season an evening on the patio 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. 
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.

OPEN HOUSE and HOSTA WALK on June 7-8-9, 2019
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 two free gardening workshops. We will have the Backyard Party Guys food truck 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 7, 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. The Backyard Party Guys will be serving up their wood-fired pizzas and we’ll have a mini-bar selling wine and beer. 

Saturday, June 8 at 1 pm
**SOLD OUT** Hypertufa “Make & Take” Workshop: Peoria-area horticulturist, Ella Maxwell, will be here to help you create a rustic garden 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.
Food Truck: Backyard Party Guys, 11 am to 2 pm

Thursday, July 11 - 10 am
Jurassic Jungle Kids' Workshop.   Calling all dinosaur lovers! Bring out your little ones to create their very own dinosaur garden. All supplies provided, including dinosaur figures to accessorize their container.  Please call to register.  Fee; $20.

Saturday, September 7 - 10 am to 4 pm
7th Annual Artisan Market.   Join us in our beautiful country setting for a day filled with 30+ fine artists, Tangled Roots craft beer, delicious home baked items, live music, wine tasting, fresh-picked local produce, local lunch fare, ice cream and more. We’ll have our local potter, Ann Crosby, working her wheel; local rock balance artist, Matt Denault; henna tattoo artist Katie Kuykendall; and more. Mark your calendars now and plan to spend a beautiful, fall day in the country. Free Admission.  Clck Here for the Artisan Market flyer

Music Lineup:
10 am  Ian Franciskovich - finger style originals
11 am  Dulcimer Dreams - hammered and mountain dulcimer folk and Celtic music
Noon   Al & Jeannie Brown - jazz standards and more on piano and stand-up bass
1 pm   Jeff Manfredini - acoustic blues/folk style guitar with harmonica
2 pm   Daniel Watkins - folk and bluegrass music
3 pm   Kat Blomquist - 80's and 90's rock with some current selections

Tasty Food & Drink!
Kramer's Chuckwagon - grilled pork chops and burgers
Grandma Rosie's Woodfire on Wheels - wood fired pizzas
Cows Coffee on Wheels - gourmet coffees, specialty teas, snacks
Sisler's Ice Cream - selection of locally made ice cream on a cone or in a cup (Ohio, Illinois)
Hungry World Farm - local produce including heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, mixed greens and more
Braker's Dozen Bakers - homemade cinnamon rolls, cookies, breads and more

Hornbaker's Wine and Beer Tent serving local favorites August Hill Wine and Tangled Roots craft beers

Thursday, September 26, 4-6:30 p.m.
Happy Hour Sip and Stroll: Grilled sandwiches, beer & wine in the gardens! The garden center will be open until 6:30 p.m. giving you extra time to take advantage of our fantastic fall sale before we close for the season on October 10. And it is a great time to check out the gardens to see what plants provide late season color and interest. We'll be set up in the parkway selling beer, wine and sandwiches hot off the grill. Whether you want to shop, stroll the display gardens, or just enjoy a glass of wine and relax with friends, we hope to see you out here for a lovely fall afternoon/evening in the gardens. 


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