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"A Garden Affair"
Saturday, April 27, 2013

Seminar and workshop ticket purchases online has been disabled. Tickets are still available at the door. Enjoy the "affair".

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In response to requests for a "Donate" option, we have added one this year. All donations arriving through this webpage go directly to Hall Twp Food Pantry, LaSalle County Food Pantry, and Illinois Valley PADS.

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You can help us promote "A Garden Affair" by finding a home for one of our incredibly informative flyers! Please click here to download the flyer. Scotch tape not included.

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A Garden Affair Schedule 2013

Plant and vendor sales all day long!

1 hr Seminars are $5 each. Door prize, $50 gift certificate.
Mike Nowak 9am *** Carolyn Ulrich 11am *** Amanda Thomsen 1pm

1 hr Workshops are $3 each or 4 for $10. Door prize-plant, bulb, or accessory. See more detail and schedule below.

SEMINARS $5.00 each
Proceeds from speakers and workshops benefit Illinois Valley Food Pantry, Hall Township Food Pantry, and Illinois Valley PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter)

Mike Nowak pic Mike Nowak Seminar 9am: “Thriving in Hard Soil” The local food movement is one of the most important of recent times. We're talking here about fresh, delicious, pesticide-free food and one of the most effective forms of community building anyone has ever come up with. You can learn about lead in the soil, layered barriers, raising funds, and reaching out to people of all kinds in your community. Of course, the talk is funny. Of course, it's full of information. And in addition, you get to see some pictures of really great people working to make a better place to live. Mike Nowak has been sharing green and gardening wisdom in the Chicago area on radio for 15 years–first at WGN and now as host of "The Mike Nowak Show" on WCPT 820AM and 92.5, 92.7 and 99.9 FM. He co-hosts “Dig In Chicago”, a television show on Comcast cable that will feature gardening and cooking segments.

Carolyn Urlich pic Carolyn Urlich Seminar 11am:“Small Space Gardens” Learn that a garden doesn’t need to be big to be great. Good design and thoughtful plant selection will make even the smallest space into something special. Gardens throughout Chicagoland, in both city and suburbs, demonstrate various imaginative ways to create a lush, beautiful look in a restricted area. Carolyn Ulrich is the Editor of Chicagoland Gardening magazine. She is the editor of Chicagoland Gardening magazine. She is winner three times of the Quill and Trowel Award for magazine writing, presented by the Garden Writers Association of America. Awards were for stories in Chicagoland Gardening, Garden Design and Horticulture

Amanda Thomson pic 150px Amanda Thomsen Seminar 1pm: “Landscaping Questions You Forgot to Ask” Is this patio the right size for your home? Do you need a path here? Where can you entertain outdoors? What if there's a drought? Questions you should ask yourself before any garden project, or after, if you're in a pickle! Garden projects take time, money and lots of work- Why not figure out if you're doomed from the start? Author and blogger Amanda Thomsen believes you should have a garden space tailor made to you, but how? Amanda will provide the questions... and possible answers, for everyone. Amanda Thomsen has been writing her blog, Kiss My Aster for over seven years. Her choose-your-own-adventure style book, Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You was published by Storey Publishing in December, 2012. She is a professional landscaper by day and blogger at night. She lives in the Chicago area, wishes hats and gloves would come back as daily fashion accessories and thinks old percolators make the perfect pots. Meet the author! Book signing immediately follows her presentation!

Schedules subject to change

$3.00 each, or 4 for $10
Proceeds from speakers and workshops benefit Illinois Valley Food Pantry, Hall Township Food Pantry, and Illinois Valley PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter)

Workshops in Hall A

8am “Sizzlin’ Summer Bulbs” - Mike Watts

10am "Cantigny Park“: Beyond Summer Annuals:
Keep that Color Comin’. Early spring and late fall can be challenging times for gardeners to keep colorful plantings looking their best. At Cantigny Park, Joy Kaminsky is responsible for creating vibrant annual designs that greet guests and inspire inquisitive gardeners. Joy will share the secrets for extending both seasons and ways to save time, energy and money in the process. 10 lucky attendees to Joy’s presentation will receive small pots of spring flowers or parking passes to Cantigny Park! As director of horticulture at Cantigny Park, Joy oversees the 500 acre former country estate of Robert R. McCormick, of which 29 acres are formal gardens designed by Franz Lipp.”

12pm "Quilt Gardens of Indiana”
. Take a tour of the Quilt Gardens with step on bus guide. Master Gardener Guidebook co-author of the “Quilters Chronicles” and Gold 1000 Level Master Gardener, Mary Davis became involved in the Quilt Gardens by researching the history of the quilts. In retirement from the law, she combines her love for quilting and gardening.

2pm "Lawn Care and Maintenance"
Oak Ridge Groundskeeper Sharon Campbell

Workshops in Room 1

10am “Invasive Ornamental Plants“
Spring will be arriving soon and gardeners will be headed to nurseries and garden centers to purchase their treasures. Learn to make informed choices about what to plant. Cathy McGlynn is the coordinator of the Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership. Their goal is to minimize the adverse impacts invasive plants have on our open lands and waters in northeast Illinois, especially on native habitats and their native plants and wildlife.

1pm “Fairy Garden Havens”
:Join Tammy Zielinski from Fairy Garden Havens and find out how to create a fairy garden that will delight the fairies! Learn which plants to include that will stay in scale and that are sure to charm the fairies. The plants are then combined with miniature accessories to make living mini garden scenes. Discover the fantasy world of miniature gardening, where magic is reawakened and fairy tales come to life in your very own home and gardens.

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Plant Sale in Hall B 8am–3pm (ALL DAY LONG)

Children’s Activities 8am-3pm Hall A

Potting Party Sponsored by Thrivent
9am - 11am and 1:30 to 2:30 in the fellowship hall: Come to the “potting party” and you will not only walk away from the ‘Garden Affair” with plants but with them already potted. There will be a variety of plants available to choose from and your choice of colors for the pots. The soil is free. In addition, you will learn about the plants and receive instruction from garden experts on potting them and their care. Because they are designed and planted by you, they would make a very special gift for Mother’s Day. The “Potting Party” is sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Continental breakfast, beverages, and lunch in Hall B 11:30 – 1pm

Furry Friends on the Lawn 11:30–2:00

Vendors in Hall A
Book Mouse - Miniature Garden Shoppe - Scarves - Scentsy

Vendors Outside on the Lawn
Boggio’s - Fairy Garden Havens - Green Garden Rain Barrels - Jobst Monument
Squirrel Away - StoneCrete - Zone 5

Schedules subject to change

A Garden Affair artThe “Garden Affair” is coming soon! Plan to attend on Saturday, April 27.
This year’s event promises to continue to be one of the best garden events in the Chicagoland area. It will have more features than most garden shows: potting party, book signing, perennial and annual plants sales, garden and outdoor living vendors, children’s activities, door prizes and raffles.
Along with all these features there will be outstanding regional and nationally known gardening professionals.
The talented women of St. John’s will be preparing a delicious garden themed lunch and other refreshments throughout the day. The Kitchen Committee is asking for your help by donating a sweet bread, muffins, donuts, coffee cake or juice for their Continental Breakfast. Volunteers are needed in the kitchen from 8 until 2. If you have any questions for the Kitchen Committee, please call Jan Delvallee at 815-894-3787.
How else can you help? Friend us on Facebook! Additional details about the event will be posted on the website and Facebook as they become available. Tell friends and family. Buy tickets. Hand out flyers. Purchase plants and garden art and products. Pot a plant. Have lunch. Volunteer – free lunch, many positions outside the kitchen do not require standing. You could see a presentation for free as room attendant. Sponsor – monetary donations are welcome to help with expenses in the kitchen and numerous other expenses.

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