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Thursday, June 23, 2005 01:49 pm

gardening 6-23-05

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You’re sure to walk away with ideas on sprucing up your garden after attending one of the many upcoming area garden walks.

• Enjoy “Town and Country Gardens,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 25, hosted by the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners of Champaign County. Featured gardens include some in the Champaign-Urbana area and to the south, near Tolono.

The gardens include a landscape that sprouted from a corn and soybean field; the well-landscaped grounds of a “painted lady”; several cottage gardens; water features, including a waterfall; and a collector’s garden. Their creators are allowing the public to view their gardens and admire their unique contributions to the local landscape. The gardens offer something for every taste — from large to small, elegant to country.

Tickets are $10 the day of the event, and will be available at the Master Gardener Idea Garden located on south Lincoln Avenue, Urbana (just south of the corner of Florida and Lincoln avenues). For more information, call 217-333-7672.

• Fulton County gardeners open their gates for you, and you don’t even have to peek over the fence. University of Illinois Extension Fulton County master gardeners are hosting this year’s Canton Garden Walk on Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Master gardeners of Fulton County will be available at each garden to help answer questions.

The walk includes five Canton gardens. Tickets are $6 and are available in Canton at the HyVee grocery store.

A variety of gardens have been selected for this year’s walk. You’ll see mature shade trees and picturesque ornamental trees. There are rare plants and plants that do not usually grow in our climate. Don’t miss the many different perennials. Structures will inspire you, including trellises, decks, a wall mural, a pool, and many different types of garden statuary. For more information, call 309-547-3711.

Proceeds from University of Illinois Extension garden walks help fund local master-gardener projects.

• The Illinois Symphony Guild hosts the “Symphony of Country Gardens” tour on Sunday, June 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This garden walk highlights gardens located west of Springfield.

Garden locations include 5878 Old Salem Lane, 630 S. Farmingdale Rd., 782 S. Farmingdale Road, No. 9 Hickory Hills, Jubilee Farm at 6760 Old Jacksonville Rd., and 505 Appomattox Drive

Tickets cost $12 in advance and $15 on the day of tour. Tickets may be purchased at Wild Birds Unlimited, Pleasant Nursery, Seven to Heaven Hairdressers, and Beatty Televisual. For more information, call Judy Weisman at 217-546-5563.  

Daylily show

The Central Illinois Daylily Society will host a Daylily Show at the Washington Park Botanical Garden exhibit hall on Saturday, June 25, from noon-3 p.m. For more information, call 217-753-6228.

On the wild side

On Sunday, June 26, enjoy a walk through Lincoln Memorial Garden to identify “Early Summer Wildflowers.” The program, which begins at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center, is free. For more information, call 217-529-1111.

Woody plant seminar

“Diseases and a Few Pests of Woody Landscape Plants” will be presented by James Schuster, U of I Extension horticulture educator. The program is offered twice: at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, and again 7 p.m. Thursday, June 30. The seminar will help participants identify and manage disease problems and some insect problems that are sometimes confused with a disease problem. Schuster will give non-chemical controls when possible. There is a $2 charge for each session. All programs will be held at U of I Extension Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds. To reserve a seat, call 217-782-4617.

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