Gardening Newsletter





OPEN HOUSE and HOSTA WALK on June 11-12-13, 2021  
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 11, 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 12 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 18, 2021  
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. 

Saturday, September 18, 2021 - 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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