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Horticulture Center


Annual Events

The Horticulture Center strives to establish and increase its programming for students, the Illinois State University community and residents of McLean County as it grows. The following is a schedule of the Center's activities.


Saturday, March 1 Home, Lawn and Garden Day

Sponsored by University of Illinois Extension-McLean County Master Gardeners 

8:00 am – 3:00 pm at Central Catholic in Bloomington

The Center will have an information booth and exhibit. 


Saturday, April 12   Illinois Sustainable Living & Wellness Expo

Sponsored by the Ecology Action Center and Illinois Wesleyan University

Saturday 9:00 — 4:00 pm Shirk Center, IWU

The Center will have an information booth and exhibit.


Friday, April 25      Arbor Day

The Horticulture Center celebrates all the trees that have been sponsored.          





Come join us in a pregame dinner, grab your hamburger while touring the gardens.

Reservations required.

Monday, June 30    Children’s Garden Party        

Come help plant the Children’s Garden, create a garden craft to take home, learn about some of the wacky things plants do, and enjoy refreshments.  Make sure to wear your gardening clothes!

5:30 – 7:30 pm

July 4        The 4th at the Hort

A private Independence Celebration for Friends of the Center, Volunteers and Staff         




Sept 27      Autmnal Festival - Around the World in 80 Days

Join us for our one and only fundraiser with your family at our annual Autumnal Festival! Autumnal Festival

Enjoy family activities, purchase your homegrown pumpkins and gourds, get lost in our corn maze and take a hay ride.

Enter and/or purchase your favorite scarecrow in our 8th annual Scarecrows on Parade. Scarecrow

If fall decorating is something you love to do enter and/or purchase a fall flower container. Fall Container

Travel the gardens with this year’s theme Around the World with 80 Plants
and learn about the plants that have influenced human history. See if you know or can find all 80 plants.

9:00 – 4:00pm     


Nov TBA      Healthy You, Healthy Earth

ISU’s annual wellness and environmental fair

The goal of the event is to highlight the seven dimensions of wellness, to share information, provide resources, and educate those in attendance about healthy lifestyles and environmental stewardship. 

10:00 – 3:00pm Ballroom, Bone Student Center

The Center will have an information booth and exhibit.



Nov TBA       Volunteer Celebration

A private celebration for Volunteers and Staff.

For more information about these and other upcoming activities, contact Director Jessica Chambers at (309) 438-3496 or .