Illinois Central College's 38th annual Landscape and Garden Day in September will focus on the eternal struggle between good and evil with the theme "Superhero Landscapes: Save the World."
The 38th annual Landscape and Garden Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Horticulture Land Mab on the Illinois Central College East Peoria Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
According to Corinne Brown, ICC Horticulture Program coordinator, the motif is entirely fitting, because good strives just as mightily against evil in the plant kingdom as it does in the animal world. Three Landscape and Garden Day seminars for adult gardeners will focus on this theme.
"The first one will be about medicinal wonders and killer plants," she said. "We'll look at different herbs and how they can be used for medical treatment, and the ones we need to watch out for because they could be harmful either to pets or people when we grow them in our gardens."
Round two in the day's struggle of good versus evil will turn to the insect world. Will plucky pollinators prevail against perpetually perilous predators and parasites? In the third session, researchers from the United States Department of Agriculture will discuss how botanical research can save the day by finding potential benefits of crusading plants on the environment.
Landscape and Garden Day, Brown said, will not be strictly devoted to instructing adult horticulturalists. Certainly, the display gardens of vegetables and annual flowers will hold appeal for gardeners of all ages and skill levels. But ICC's Horticulture Department traditionally makes a substantial effort to ensure Landscape and Garden Day is a family-friendly function. Children coming to the event can enjoy the superhero theme, along with a chance to play and get their hands dirty.
"We target all generations," she said. "We'll have a kids-only section with great shovels and wheelbarrows. We also have a scavenger hunt laid out where they can go through our arboretum and gardens and identify 'good guys' and 'bad guys.'"
Vendors will sell plants and flowers during Landscape and Garden Day, said Brown, and the National Beekeepers Association will be on hand to sell honey. Visitors can have plants growing in their gardens identified or they can taste-test freshly-grown vegetables.