Illinois State University Vegetable Spring Festival is returning 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, truck hunting, gourmet whirlwind, cattle rides and gourd 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 Delard’s search for glass treasures, various colorful gardens and rainbow huts.
“The new thing we enjoy is the search for glassware,” says Jessica Chambers, director of the Horticulture Center.
“Artist Joy Delard is working on these gems hidden in gardens. There are about 40 of them, 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 gardens stand out from the rest of the harvest,” Chambers said.
“I hope so [attendees] Take a look at the really cool plants and connect with them. Many spring festivals are all about hiking trips or pumpkins, and while we have those things, we really want them to go into the gardens and learn something new. ISU is just about that, education is our main mission, and that is always the mission of the Gardening Center.
The cost of attending the festival is free for ages 2 and under, but tickets are required for those 3 years of age and older. 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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