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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 3              8-3:30 pm Home, Lawn & Garden Day

                                           Central Catholic High School, Bloomington            

Saturday, April 7                 9-4 pm Illinois Sustainable Living & Wellness Expo

                                           Shirk Center at IWU, Bloomington

Thursday, April 19                   6-8pm Make & Take

                                                        Grow your own Microgreens! Registration required.

                                                        Ropp 107F

Sunday, April 22                      noon - 4  Pawty for the Planet - Earth Day Celebration

                                                         ISU Horticulture Center

Thursday, April 26, 2018       11:30-2 pm NutriFest

                                            Circus Room, Bone Student Center 

Friday, April 27                    Arbor Day

                                            The Horticulture Center recognizes Arbor Day by                                                               celebrating  all  the trees that have been sponsored. 

Saturday, April 28               9-4:00 pm Alumni Student Service Day

                                           ISU Horticulture Center, Normal 

Thursday, May 3                  5:00 Horticulture End of Year Celebration for Students                                            ISU Horticulture Center                                       




Saturday, June 23                  9-10:30 am Children’s Garden Party, OPEN to the PUBLIC

                                                       ISU Horticulture Center, Normal

Thursday, June 28                  ISU Night at the Cornbelters

Wednesday, July 4                Fourth at the Hort

A private Independence Celebration for Friends of the Horticulture Center, volunteers and staff.

Thursday, August 9            Pollinator Event

                                                         Horticulture Center, Normal




Friday, August 24                  4:00–6:00 pm Botanical Garden Open House

                                                            ISU Horticulture Center

Saturday, September 15        10–3:00 pm Autumnal Festival

                                              ISU Horticulture Center, Normal

 Thursday, September 28         6-8:00 pm Make and Take – Pumpkin Arrangement

                                              Create an autumnal masterpiece for your home.

Thursday, October 4              6-8 pm Thor Hanson presents the Thriumph of Seeds 

Saturday, October 13             10:00 Homecoming Parade

                                              11:00 Tailgate at CAST tent


Wednesday, November 14&15     6:00-8:00 pm Make and Take – Holiday              Wreath/Basket Arrangement