McHenry County Gardenfest on the way

April 4, 2018 by  

Gardeners, plant enthusiasts, and others who are simply interested in nature will no doubt enjoy the upcoming Gardenfest to be held in Crystal Lake at McHenry County College.

The keynote speaker is horticulturalist Mark Dwyer, who will present a talk on “The Sensory Garden” – one that appeals to all the five senses: touch, taste, hearing, smell, and sight.

Dwyer is with Janesville, Wisconsin’s Rotary Botanical Gardens, where he has been the director of horticulture for 19 years. The gardens cover 20 acres, and Dwyer is in charge of the volunteers and grounds staff. He has also worked in Niles, Michigan, at the Fernwood Botanical Garden, and in Appleton, Wisconsin, as a landscape designer. He has degrees in landscape architecture and urban forestry.

The annual Gardenfest is sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners in McHenry County working with McHenry County College. In addition to Dwyer’s talk about a sensory garden, Master Gardeners, industry experts, and educators from the University of Illinois and McHenry County College will conduct breakout sessions covering a number of gardening topics such as ‘Lawncare Myths and Challenges’, and ‘Developing a Pollinator’s Paradise’.

The Gardenfest is scheduled for this Saturday, April 7, from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm, at McHenry County College. The college is located on Route 14 in Crystal Lake.

Events like this can be more enjoyable for attendees if organizers work with a flyer printing company to create informative handouts.