Big gardening day event at Dickson Mounds
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[March 22, 2012]
LEWISTOWN -- The University of Illinois
Extension will host Gardeners' Big Day at Dickson Mounds Museum on
March 31. As part of the program, Dr. Michael Wiant, director of
Dickson Mounds Museum, will present a keynote address titled "The
History of Gardening."
The history of gardening in Illinois begins more than 4,000 years
ago, when American Indian gardeners began to cultivate native
plants. Plants selected for cultivation included marsh elder,
sunflower, lamb's-quarters and knotweed, among others. This event in
human culture occurred at different times in different places and is
now viewed as perhaps the most important development in the history
Also planned for the day are workshops on a variety of topics,
including "Got Moles?" "Vertical Gardening" and "The Trouble With
Trees," to mention but a few.
According to Julia Pryor, U of I Extension program coordinator
for the Fulton-Mason- Peoria-Tazewell Unit, "There is something for
gardeners of every age."
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The Fulton County Master Gardeners and Spoon River Garden Club
members have joined with the U of I Extension Service to develop
There is still time to register for the program. Registration is
$24 and includes workshops, lunch, vendors, information displays and
more. Information on the speaker, workshop and registration is
http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/ or by calling
309-547-3711. The registration deadline is Friday.
The Illinois State Museum branch at Dickson Mounds is located
between Lewistown and Havana, off Route 78 and 97. Information about
the museum is available at
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