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Gardener's Pathway workshop is Feb. 23

Guests browse vendor booths at the 2018 Gardener's Pathway workshop at Kishwaukee College. This year's event will be held Feb. 23.
Guests browse vendor booths at the 2018 Gardener's Pathway workshop at Kishwaukee College. This year's event will be held Feb. 23.

The University of Illinois Extension DeKalb County Master Gardeners will host the 2019 Gardener’s Pathway workshop from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Kishwaukee College Conference Center in Malta.

Advanced registration is required by Feb. 15. Workshops have limited seating space and sessions will be filled in the order registrations are received.

This year, there will be a new format and fee. The day will begin with Beth Botts (senior writer at the Morton Arboretum, and longtime writer with the Chicago Tribune and Chicagoland Gardening Magazine), who will discuss how to get a fresh start on your established garden with a new look and feel that takes less work to maintain. She will share how to create a garden that is focused on what you truly enjoy in her keynote address: "What now? Refreshing the Tired Garden – and Gardener."

She also will present a breakout session, "Divide and Multiply: When to Divide What (And How)," where she will discuss how to get more plants (or more flowers) from the perennials you have now. This talk will cover when, why and how to divide many common plants and some uncommon ones.

The afternoon keynote is by Richard Hawke, who will present "The Best of the Best Daisies: Asters, Black-eyed Susans, and Tickseeds". He will discuss a variety of top-rated plants from the Chicago Botanic Gardens' evaluation trials.

Along with these keynote presentations, attendees can choose from a selection of workshops, including "Growing Fresh Leafy Greens and Herbs Year Round," "Native Wildflowers of Northern Illinois," "What’s New for 2019," "Saving our Plants and Pollinators," "Raised Gardens," "Highlighting Your Front Door," "Deer Resistant Plants" and two make-and-take workshops.

The workshop fee is $50 and includes morning refreshments, lunch, a welcome bag and selected handouts. In addition to the workshops, there will be a variety of vendors.

To register for the 2019 Gardener’s Pathway, visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/. If you need a paper copy mailed to you, call 815-758-8194.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the DeKalb County Extension office at 815-758-8194.

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