Quite by accident, I found a classmate of my daughter, Laura Birr Brown, on Facebook. Laura is the talented daughter of the talented Jan Birr. If you remember back quite a few years, Jan was a great influence upon the newly formed Galva Arts Council. Anyway, back to the story:
Laura married Jim, who is one of the owners of Distinctive Gardens, Inc. in Dixon IL. Until today, I had never heard of DGI. Now that I have, I must get there! Check out the web site - it looks lovely. http://www.distinctivegardensinc.com/
For those of you who don't mind last minute plans, DGI has a free "Holiday Decorating" class tomorrow, Saturday November 20 at 10 AM at 2010 Cowell Pk., Dixon. The class teaches how to make "charming holiday decorations with plants found in your yard. Evergreen pots, hanging baskets, and window boxes creatively designed will be detailed. Great for the do-it-yourselfer."
Otherwise, they are open Monday through Saturday - 9 am to 6 pm - March through December. Sundays - 11 am to 3 pm April to June and November and December.
Hoerr Nursery, 8020 N. Shade Tree Dr., Peoria IL http://www.hoerrnursery.com/
Holiday Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am - 6pm - Sat: 8:00am - 5:00pm - Closed on Sundays
Hoerr's is having two days of workshops (Call to reserve a seat):
Saturday, Nov 20:
Christmas Curb Appeal :: 11am
Light posts, porch containers, window and mailboxes, oh my what a difference a little holiday cheer makes. Quick, classic and fresh ideas on creating some serious curb appeal for you and your guests.
Entertaining Guests :: 12pm
Join us for easy, affordable ways to add beauty and festivity to any occasion, from simple swags to stylish centerpieces and wreaths, fragrant accents, and seasonal surprises.
The Center of Attention :: 1pm
Bring your dinner party to life with a handmade centerpiece. We’ll supply everything, including the container, fresh greens, seasonal accents and plenty of inspiration. $39 includes all materials.
Saturday, Dec 4
Christmas Curb Appeal :: 11am
Light posts, window boxes, mailboxes, oh my what a difference a little holiday cheer makes. Quick, classic and fresh ideas on creating some serious curb appeal for you and your guests.
Tiny Tots with their Eyes All Aglow :: 12pm
A great chance for you to shop (or sit) uninterrupted! Kids can enjoy story telling (for all ages!) with our guest speaker, mingle with the Big Man himself, get a picture together, and create a seasonal surprise with
Hoerr’s elves. $10 includes all materials.
Why the Wreath Seals the Deal :: 1pm
When they see the fresh, over sized wreath on the front door, they’ll wonder what holiday magic lies just inside. We’ll provide everything you need to create one of your very own. $39 includes all materials.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Yesterday I visited Green View Nursery, 2700 W. Cedar Hills Drive, Dunlap, IL 61525 - Phone: (309) 243-7761 - http://www.greenview.com/
Celebrating the Season Events
Photos with Santa - Saturday, December 4th - 11am to 2pm
Take a picture with Santa! Green View will be doing photographs. Bring your kids, grandkids, or pet. Priceless photo for only a suggested $5 donation to a local animal shelter.
Make & Take Event - Holiday Centerpieces* Saturday, December 11th - 10am
Our in-house designers will help you create a centerpiece that will add the perfect touch to your home. *Participants of this event must purchase materials used to make their centerpieces.
(Call to reserve your seat for the Make & Take, by Wednesday, December 8th)
Creative Holiday SeminarsSaturday, November 20th, 10am "Wreaths, Swags & Garlands"
How to use fresh or artificial greens around your home.
Saturday, November 27th, 10am "The Grand Entrance"
Welcome your guests with an entryway that compliments your home.
Saturday, December 4th, 10am "Holiday Sparkle"
How using reflective items can make all your decorating shine.