By RORYE O’CONNOR
MT. VERNON —
The Midwestern Herb and Garden Show is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
Melinda Myers, writer and gardener, will be the keynote speaker this year, said organizer Treasa Brookman, and will speak Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9. The event will be held from Feb. 8 to 10 at the Times Square Mall in Mt. Vernon.
Myers has written for “Birds in Bloom,” “Gardening How-To” magazine, “Backyard Living,” “Better Homes and Gardens” and other magazines, as well as penning 20 books of her own, Brookman said.
Her first speaking event at 5 p.m. Friday will feature a book signing and focus on small space gardening. Myers will talk about “simple ideas for packing a lot of garden into a small space or creating an intimate garden within a large lot. Tips and techniques for designing and maintaining gardens with year round interest in every layer form the ground to the roof line.”
General concepts and specific plants suited to the region will be covered, information states.
At 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, Myers will speak about low-maintenance, big impact perennial gardening.
Her talk will feature “Ideas for perennial plant combinations and varieties that provide big impact with minimal care. Plus, tips on selecting perennials for all sorts of situations. Maintenance tips for keeping perennial gardens looking beautiful year round will also be covered.”
A second speaker, Eleanor Schumacher, will speak during three programs throughout the weekend. Schumacher is a state aviary inspector with the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Brookman said.
Her first speaking engagment at 3 p.m. Friday will be “The Experienced Beekeeper,” Brookman said.
“What is behind the media buzz about the “Disappearing Honeybee?” will be covered in her talk, information states. “Can these diseases be easily managed? How can a beekeeper keep more hives healthy, and make more honey? Learn advanced methods to help the bees and become a better beekeeper.”
Schumacher will speak at 10 a.m. Saturday about starting out with honey bees, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday about gardening for pollinators.
There will be a variety of other speakers throughout the weekend as well, Brookman said.
More than 40 booths have been reserved already, and the event is out of booth space, she said. Local and out-of-state vendors will be present, selling food, soaps, craft items, plants, flowers and some items like Scentsy and Watkins food and soap items.
Between 2,500 and 3,000 people are expected to attend the Midwestern Herb and Garden Show in February based on estimates of years past, Brookman sad.
For more information, visit midwesternherbandgardenshow.com.