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Museum brown bag focuses on garden programs

Published: Monday, March 3, 2014 11:26 a.m. CDT

Spring is around the corner, and the Sycamore History Museum’s garden committee is making plans to grow plants, teach about gardening, and share their harvest.

The museum is dedicated to enriching the public’s knowledge of Sycamore history, and it uses its three gardens – kitchen, vegetable and flower – to explore the agricultural traditions of the community. At the museum’s Thursday Brown Bag Lunch, Master Gardener Ron Johnson and Bill Mitchell will teach about the opportunities connected to SHM’s gardens.

“The gardens are an amazing educational tool,” museum executive director Michelle Donahoe said in a news release.

Johnson and Mitchell will share details about the many projects planned for the gardens this year. Once a month during the summer, Master Gardeners have a program addressing a variety of gardening issues. Children learn about their outside environment during Garden Story Times. Themes include insects, birds, seeds, worms and harvest time. Scout groups also have played an important role in planting, maintaining, and harvesting produce donated to the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Additionally, cut flowers were delivered to local hospitals and senior centers. This summer, students in the Sycamore School District’s OSCAR program also will participate in gardening activities.

Brown Bag lunches are held at noon on the first Thursday of each month. “Think Spring” will be in the DeKalb County Community Foundation’s Freight Room, 475 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore. The program is free and open to the public; donations are welcome. For more information, call 815-895-5762 or visit

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