Russel Allen Garden Day to be March 15
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[January 31, 2014]
Russel Allen Garden Day will be
on March 15 at the Meyer-Evans Student Center at Lincoln College.
Sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., following registration from
8 to 8:45 a.m. The event will feature various presentations related
to gardening, as well as displays by area plant and gardening
societies. The public is invited.
The day is hosted by the Logan County Master Gardeners in honor of
Russel Allen, a charter member of the University of Illinois
Extension Master Gardener volunteer program in Logan County.
Keynote speaker for the event will be Mac Condill on "Cucurbits
Coast to Coast," with a look into 25 years of The Great Pumpkin
Patch and the other entities at The 200 Acres. Named the Illinois
Agritourism Business of the Year in 2009, The Great Pumpkin Patch is
much more than an ordinary pumpkin patch. Highlights from coast to
coast will be featured as the Condill family has continued to
showcase the diversity of the pumpkin family across the country.
Condill is a fifth-generation farmer and general manager of The
Great Pumpkin Patch, which is preparing for its 25th anniversary
this fall. He had the privilege of decorating the North Lawn of the
White House in October 2010 and has appeared on Martha Stewart’s
television show three times.
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Other presenters and session topics: "Make It, Take It —
Container Garden" (limited to 20 participants; additional fee $15),
with Anne and Lee Niepagen, owners of Niepagen Greenhouses; "Eating
Local with the Seasons," presented by Katie Bishop, of PrairiErth
Farm; "Gardening Methods for Small Spaces," by Jennifer Fishburn,
horticulture educator with Logan-Menard-Sangamon Extension; "The
Buzz About Honeybees," presented by Rich Ramsey, of the Lincoln Land
Bee Keepers Association; "Over the Rainbow to Meet the Irises," by
Margaret Kelly, member of the American Iris Society; and "Food
Forest Project," presented by Dave Bishop, PrairiErth Farm.
Preregistration is highly encouraged. The registration fee is $10
before March 8 or $12 at the door. To
register online, visit the
Logan-Menard-Sangamon Extension website,
For additional information, call 217-732-8289.
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