GENEVA – Gardenology – all things gardening – will take over downtown Geneva 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17 from the Kane County Courthouse on Third Street to the Metra station.
More than 50 garden experts will give presentations or answer questions under a tent at the Geneva Lutheran Church, 301 S. Third St., to help patrons get the most out of their gardening season.
Gardenology advisers and vendors will bring their best ideas and garden-related products to jump-start this year’s gardening season. Experts in various horticulture fields including farming, landscape design, weavers, local nurseries and more will be available to answer questions.
Topics include herbs, flowers, vegetables, heirloom plants and perennials, attracting birds and butterflies, wildlife control, composting, organic fertilizers, how to grow a crystal garden and making salad dressings among others.
The event is free – unless you buy something, said Glorianne Campbell, secretary of the Geneva Garden Club, one of the main sponsors of the event.
“I think we’re more and more interested in our environment and our gardening, whether it’s a little pot on the patio or a full vegetable garden,” Campbell said. “There is interest in that and this is a way to give more information to people.”
The speakers tent provides information from planting vegetables to harvest to cooking, Campbell said.
“And it’s a fun day to come to Geneva and learn some things in the process,” Campbell said. “There are things for kids as well as adults.”
The garden club will be selling garden gloves, she said, with proceeds going to support scholarships in horticulture and for replanting trees in the city.
In addition to the speakers tent, plants and accessories will be available for purchase, and shops will be offering activities and attractions for children.
More information on sponsors, participating merchants and the speakers schedule is available at www.gardenologygenevail.com.