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Gardeners will be Inspired at Spring Event in Darien

The sixth annual Darien Garden Club Spring Gardening Inspiration 2020 will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., March 7, at Chateau Orleans, featuring a speaker conference with an environmental tilt. There will be presentations by Chris Benda, Melissa Custic and Jeanne Nolan, exhibits, a farm to table luncheon, raffles and sharing of knowledge between participants.

The Darien Garden Club was founded in 2001 to encourage a nurturing environment where gardeners, nature lovers, environmentalists and those interested in horticulture could meet to share their experiences. Their goals are to increase knowledge, promote respect for the natural environment and offer enlightening ideas for improving the home landscape.

Benda, known as the Illinois Botanizer, conducts botanical field work around the world and teaches at Southern Illinois University and The Morton Arboretum. Custic is coordinator of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative and an International Society of Arboriculture-certified arborist. Nolan, founder of The Organic Gardener Ltd., is an educator, consultant and author of From the Ground Up. She designed, installed and maintains The Edible Gardens at the Lincoln Park Zoo Farm-in-the Zoo.

Location: 8025 S. Cass Ave., Darien. For more information and tickets, visit