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Sandwich Park District plans Spring Gardening Workshop for 2017

Will cover worm composting, shade plants, trees for a city environment

Published: Monday, March 13, 2017 6:06 p.m. CDT

The Sandwich Park District would like to invite anyone interested in gardening or anyone who just wants to “think spring” to come to the tenth annual Spring Gardening Workshop on March 25 at the David A. Francis Community Center, 1001 N. Latham St.

The park district offers this free community program every year not only to help gardeners improve their overall knowledge of horticulture, but also to offer encouragement to those who think they might like to try their hands at digging in the dirt.

This year’s program offers three speakers and begins at 8:30 a.m. with a presentation titled “Vermicomposting: Composting with Worms” by Deanna Bazan, who is the director of the Kendall County Outdoor Education Center. Bazan will explain how composting can be an eco-friendly solution for the abundance of garbage that we create and how worms can help in the process. In this program, the group will construct a vermicomposting bin to learn how it can be done in anyone’s home.

The second speaker of the morning will be Dan Hoyt, a graduate of the University of Illinois horticulture program and owner of Horticulture Specialties Inc. – a landscape design, installation and maintenance firm in Sandwich. Hoyt will present “Gardening in the Shade,” offering suggestions for the best plants that thrive without full sun. He will show how you can create a very attractive garden in a shady home landscape.

Beth Corrigan with the Community Trees Program of the Morton Arboretum will be the final speaker of the day. In her presentation “Trees in the Urban Environment,” she will show how important an asset trees can be for a homeowner and for a community. She will share some of the Arboretum’s data on the tree canopy of the Chicago area, including Sandwich, from the Chicago Region Tree Initiative and the Regional Tree Census of 2013. She will also offer suggestions for replacing our dying ash trees, as well as how to properly care for trees to help grow a thriving urban forest.

There is no charge for this free community event, but the park district asks that anyone planning to attend call 815-786-8044 to register. Participants who register will receive a small plant as a gift when they arrive. The doors will open at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast available for purchase at that time. The program will conclude at 12:30 p.m. when the names of the winners of the door prizes for the day will be drawn.

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