The ISU Garden Farm Fall Festival returns this weekend with new events

The Spring Festival at Illinois State University Garden Center will return to normal this weekend.

The festival will be held on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and on Sunday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the ISU Garden Center.

This year’s theme is “Rainbow Connection Respecting People, Plants and Their Relationships.”

Exhibitions include preliminary visits with leading University of Illinois University nature researchers, the Illinois Extension Master Gardeners, the Central Illinois Beekeepers Association, the Ecology Action Center, the regular public library and the Sibili Honey Garden.

Popular spring activities such as rotten fruit throwing, fraudulent hunting, fig spinning, grass hunting and pumpkin hunting will return this year. Hunting will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

There are also other attractions that are eagerly awaited, including cultural plant displays such as “World Tree and Garden Spirits”» At Tom Kingry, pintium expansion and sculpture, quiet auction and market, Joy Dlard’s search for glass treasures, various colorful gardens and rainbow huts.

“The new thing we enjoy is the search for glassware,” said Jessica Chambers, director of the Horticulture Center.

“Artist Joy Dlard is making these gems hidden in gardens. There are about 40, and you can keep them if you find them. It’s like a mirror ornament and we are trying to get people to take a closer look at nature.

Chambers said one of the main goals of the orchard is to educate people about nature.

“I think our garden is different from other harvest festivals. I hope so [attendees] Stop and look at the really cool plants and connect with them, ”Chambers said.

“Many spring festivals are all about hiking trips or pumpkins, and while we are there, we really want them to go into the gardens and learn something new. ISU is just that, education is our main mission, and that has always been the mission of the Gardening Center.

Holidays are free for ages 2 and under, but tickets are required for ages 3 and up. All proceeds from the event go to the Gardening Center.

To learn more about the holiday and to buy tickets, visit the Fall 2021 event page.

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