Join Project BudBurst
Apr 13-Sep 30, Register to become a Citizen Scientist from Project BudBurst. Collect important climate change data on the timing of leafing and flowering in your area, targeting native tree and flower species. For info, visit www.windows.ucar.edu/citizen_science/budburst.
The Great Sunflower Project
Apr 13-May 31, Watch and record bees at sunflowers in your garden. Seeds sent out in Spring 2009. No knowledge of bees required. For info, visit greatsunflower.org.
Springfield in Bloom
April 16 – July 6, A community-wide beautification effort to encourage street-side landscape improvements to residential, business, neighborhood associations or nonprofit organization property. Projects can involve existing gardens, new gardens or ‘makeover’ projects. For more details or visit us on the web at www.springfieldinbloom.org.
Green Home and Garden Show
Apr 24-25, 4-8pm Fri and 9am-7pm Sat, $3 adults, children under 12 free. Illinois State Fairgrounds Orr Building. For more info, call 698-4941 or visit www.springfieldareahba.com
Apr 25, 8am-1pm, Push mowers only, must drop off. Oil change, spark plug, blade sharpened. (Filters extra). Same day service $35-4 cycle, $25-2 cycle. Blade sharpening- $15 on mower, $10 off mower. O’Reilly Auto Parts, 1321 N. Dirksen.
Apr 25, 9am-2pm, Illinois Native Plant Society’s annual sale of prairie and woodland plants; various trees, balled and burlapped. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave. For more info 243-6055 or 787-0942.
Plant/Attic treasures sale
Apr 25, 8am-2pm, Proceeds to Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation. Museum open with free admission, donations accepted. Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation Museum, 4000 N. Peoria Rd. For info, call 498-9545.
Buy local, eat healthy
Apr 28, 1pm and Apr 30, 7pm, Elizabeth Wahle, Horticulture Extension Specialist, gives a timeline of when the most popular produce is ready in your part of the state. Presentation via the University of Illinois telenet system and PowerPoint presentations, allowing live discussion between instructor and gardeners throughout Illinois. $5. U of I Extension Building #30, Illinois State Fairgrounds. Reserve packet of handouts and pre-register at www.extension.uiuc.edu/sangamonmenard. For more info, call 782-4617.
Movers & Shakers Night at Bennigan’s
April 30, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Benefits America In Bloom. Celebrity bartender Mayor Tim Davlin and company will mix drinks with tip proceeds going to the America In Bloom effort to Plant the Town Red and for judges’ accommodations. 7th and Adams.
Annual Herb Fest
May 2, 10am, Features day of seminars, herb and vegetable plants, and herb-related products. Green View, 3000 W. Jefferson St., www.greenview.com.
Garden Club plant sale
May 2, 8am-12pm, Springfield Civic Garden Club holds its annual “Garden to Garden” plant sale. U of I Extension Building #30, Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Springfield Bonsai Society
May 11 and every second Mon of month, 7-8 pm. Learn to style and grow your own trees with hands-on instruction from local bonsai artists. Washington Park Botanical Garden. For more info, call 652-9619 or go to www.geocities.com/springfieldillinoisbonsai.
Ladies & Lilies,
May 11, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. A luncheon at Caitie Girls (hats optional) to benefit the city’s entry in America In Bloom. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 789-2116 ext. 2634.
May 12, 1pm.repeated on Thursday, May 14, at 7 p.m., $5 fee. U of I Extension Building #30, Illinois State Fairgrounds. www.extension.uiuc.edu/sangamonmenard For
more info, call 782-4617.
May 12, 5:30 pmLearn how to plant and care for basil. U of I Extension, Illinois State Fairgrounds in Herb Demonstration Garden www.extension.uiuc.edu/sangamonmenard For more info, call 782-4617.
May 16-17, 9am-4pm Sat, 1-4pm Sun, 30 varieties of sun-loving Illinois prairie plants at around $5. Lincoln Memorial Garden Nature Center.For info, call 529-1111or see lmgnc.org.
Old Capitol Farmers’ Market
May 20–October 28, Every Wed and Sat 8am-12:30pm,The Old Capitol Farmers’ Market presented by St. John’s Hospital features farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, plants, flowers, bakery items and original artwork. Artisan area open first and third SaturdayS beginning in June. Fifth & Adams Streets, Downtown Springfield. For more info, go to www.downtownspringfield.org.
Food not lawns: Eating locally
May 23, 9:30am, Springfield locavore Wally Hartshorn shares his experiences of eating locally. For more info, call 753-0057 or e-mail email@example.com. Lincoln Library, Seventh & Capitol.
May 30, 10-11:30am, Perennial workshop. $30, $25 members. Washington Park Botanical Garden. Pre-registration required, call 753-6228.
Culinary herb demonstration
June 9, 5:30 p.m., in Perennial Demonstration Garden. U of I Extension Building #30, Illinois State Fairgrounds. www.extension.uiuc.edu/sangamonmenard. For more info, call 782-4617.
June 11, at 5:30 p.m., in Perennial Demonstration Garden, U of I Extension Building #30, Illinois State Fairgrounds. www.extension.uiuc.edu/sangamonmenard. For more info, call 782-4617.
Turf disease June 16, at 1 p.m., $5 fee. Repeated on June 18 at 7 p.m., $5 fee. U of I Extension Building #30, Illinois State Fairgrounds. www.extension.uiuc.edu/sangamonmenard. For more info, call 782-4617.
Saturday, June 27, 9 am to 3 pm U of I Extension, Illinois State Fairgrounds. www.extension.uiuc.edu/sangamonmenard. For more info, call 782-4617.