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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 7 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 11   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 24      Arbor Day

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




Thursday, June 4    ISU Night at the Cornbelters

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

Reservations required.

Saturday, June 27    Children’s Garden Party        

Come join us as we celebrate the new additions to the Children’s Garden with a Literary Jamboree.  Make sure to wear your gardening clothes!

9:00 – 10:30 am

July 4        The 4th at the Hort

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



Friday, Sept 11          Literary Soiree 

You are invited to share in the debut of this unique garden.  Enjoy appetizers and a cash bar as you meander through the gardens.  Visit the dye and fiber displays.  Each quest will receive a garden corsage and memento.  Event Price: $35

For ticket registration go to


Sept 19      Autumnal Festival - Celebrating 10 years of the       Horticulture Center

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 Flier

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



Friday, Nov 13      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 .