Thursday, March 6, 2014

What are we up to Now? - Backyard Patch schedule of events

I am coming out of winter hibernation and venturing out to do garden events, lectures and shows.  In the next few months I will be all over the place.  Here is the schedule:

March 8 - Hoffman Estates Loyal Parents Craft Show - Hoffman Estates High School, 1100 W. Higgins Rd., in Hoffman Estates 10 am to 3 pm

March 11 - Community Education Class in District 128 (Vernon Hills, IL) Green Clean - Household Uses for Herbs Tuesday 3/11, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm  (class id 3981)

Description: Cooking with herbs is often seen as the only use for them. This program will point out the numerous ways herbs can be used in your household outside of the kitchen. Learn to create moth repellents that will not repel your nose, find out all the possible cleaning uses for an herbal vinegar, create mixtures to disinfect the bathroom without harmful chemicals, make your own laundry soap, learn to repel ants, fight fleas, and make household chores more aromatic with items like iron waxers and air deodorizers. Each participant goes home with skills, recipes and a special sample. 

March 15 - Good Food Festival - Demonstration programs on preserving herbs and infusing herbs.  See the link for times and tickets.

making herb vinegar

Mondays in April - Lectures on various topics at the Heritage in Des Plaines, lunchtime start.

April 27 & 28 - Garden Clubs of Illinois GCI Annual State Convention-Renaissance North Shore Hotel - Northbrook (meet my husband who will be watching the booth for me on Monday!)

May 6 - Community Education Class in District 128 (Vernon Hills, IL) Container Gardening with Herbs Tuesday 5/6, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (class id 3972)

Description: Container gardening is more popular today than ever. It is a boon for people with little time, small yards or apartments and condos. This program includes using imaginative containers, soil mixes, supplying nutrients, and basic gardening practices to create a container garden to enjoy all summer. Each participant will prepare and take home a 12-inch pot with 2 herb plants. Material fee of $17 is included in the tuition. 

May 9 & 10  - Men's Garden Club of Villa Park Plant Sale - you can see me on Friday giving advice on herbs to shoppers, or you can just shop for Mom (her day  in May 11 this year!) The sale takes place at The Lion's Club Recreation Center 320 East Wildwood, Villa Park IL  60181

May 17 - Gardenology in Geneva, IL - I started my love affair with herbs in Geneva, IL but have not been back there selling my wares since the first year of the French Market in Geneva, more than a decade ago.  I am looking forward to this event located on Third and State Streets in downtown Geneva, where I will be doing a demonstration with herbs (as yet undetermined) as well as having a full selection of herb items. Come rain or shine.  I will be there! Admission is free! Runs from 10 am to 3 pm.

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