OPEN 8-5 Monday-Saturday, Closed Sundays

Events

We are always excited to learn and grow together. We host hands-on workshops for all ages, educational presentations, kids’ discovery workshops, our annual open house and more. Many events are free and some have a fee for materials or a guest presenter. You won’t want to miss our annual Artisan Market that happens each year in September. 

Saturday,

September 17

Time

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Cost

FREE

9th Annual Artisan Market

Join us in our beautiful country setting for a day filled with 30+ fine artists, craft beer, delicious home baked items, live music, wine tasting, fresh-picked local produce, local lunch fare, ice cream and more. Mark your calendars now and plan to spend a beautiful, fall day in the country. Stay up to date by following the Artisan Market Facebook page here. 

THESE EVENTS HAPPENED EARLIER THIS YEAR

Saturday, April 23

Time

10:00 a.m.

Cost

FREE

New Plants For 2022

Join us in the garden center to learn about some exciting new plant varieties including hostas, perennials, trees and shrubs. Molly Hornbaker Blogg will share some growing tips and specifics of where you can utilize these beauties in your own space. 

Saturday, April 30

Time

10:00 a.m.

Cost

FREE

Gardening With Perennials

As we start our 36th year in business, we’ll talk about our “Tested Hardy at Hornbaker Gardens” feature, along with general tips on growing and cutting back perennials. We’ll demonstrate how to divide a variety of perennials, including hostas, of course.

Monday, May 2

Time

6:30 p.m.

Cost

$40.00

Spring Annual Container

Monday evenings on The Barn patio are back. Enjoy the fresh air and peaceful surroundings, and a complimentary beer or wine. May has arrived and it’s time to pot up a beautiful container for your porch or patio. We’ll supply a 12-inch container, potting, soil, fertilizer, plants and step by step instructions. You sip and mingle while playing in the dirt. Reservations are required.

Saturdays

May 7, 14, and 21

Time

8:30 a.m.

Cost

DONATION

Yoga in the Gardens

Certified yoga instructors from our local Arukah Institute of Healing will lead a one-hour basic yoga flow with the peaceful backdrop of our gardens. No experience necessary. Please bring a mat if possible, a limited number will be provided. Donations to Arukah are encouraged. 

Saturday, May 7

Time

10:00 a.m.

Cost

$15.00

Kid’s Containers for Mother’s Day

Here’s a chance for the kids to come get their hands dirty and create something pretty for Mother’s Day. We will have small pots and plant stakes for kids to decorate. They can then plant a flower, succulent or hosueplant and have a complete, unique gift to take home.

Monday, May 9

Time

6:30 p.m.

Cost

$15.00

Cultivating and Cooking Herbs

Monday evenings on The Barn patio are back. Enjoy the fresh air and peaceful surroundings, and a complimentary beer or wine. Join local chef Monika Sudakov, from the Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield, to learn about tips for growing and using fresh herbs. After learning the basics, watch Chef Monika make a simple dish using fresh herbs to sample. Everyone goes home with an herb plant to add to their garden. Reservations required.

Monday, May 16

Time

6:30 p.m.

Cost

$35.00

Sensational Succulents

Monday evenings on The Barn patio are back. Enjoy the fresh air and peaceful surroundings, and a complimentary beer or wine.  In this hands-on workshop, you’ll be creating your own mini succulent garden. David Hornbaker will provide expert guidance and a variety of unique upcycled containers for you to choose from, along with some more traditional containers. Reservations required.

Saturday, May 21

Time

10:00 a.m.

Cost

$25.00-60.00

Terrarium “Make & Take” Workshop

Terrariums are a popular way to add a little green to an indoor space. While we assist participants in building their own glass terrarium, we will outline the basics of design, planting and care. We have various sizes of vessels to choose from, and all materials and plants are included. Fee depends on the container you choose. Reservations required.

Monday, May 23

Time

6:30 p.m.

Cost

$15.00

Mason Jar Flower Arranging “Make & Take” Workshop

Monday evenings on The Barn patio are back. Enjoy the fresh air and peaceful surroundings, and a complimentary beer or wine. Lindsay Funderberg is the manager of The Barn here at the Gardens and an incredible florist. Lindsay will be offering tips and guidance as you use foliage and flowers from our gardens to create your own arrangement in a mason jar.  Reservations required. 

Saturday, May 28

Time

10:00 a.m.

Cost

$10.00

Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop

This popular way to display houseplants is simple to make. Participants will be instructed how to tie their way to a new house plant hanger. We will have a nice selection of houseplants that can be purchased, or bring along one you already own.

Saturday, June 4

Time

10:00 a.m.

Cost

$20.00

Kid’s Dragon/Fairy Garden “Make & Take” Workshop

If your littles love dragons or fairies or both, they’ll have fun creating a succulent habitat for their creatures. We will assist with planting and also have supplies for them to decorate a small dragon cave to accesorize their container.

HG Nature Rangers!

After the enthusiasm we saw for the Priaire and Pond Discovery workshops that we held last year, we decided to expand our offerings for our youngest gardeners.  We ask that an adult buddy stay with their kids to join them on these adventures.  

Monday, June 6

Time

8:00 p.m.

Cost

FREE

Night Hike

Have you ever wondered what happens in the gardens after dark? Night time is just as important to the success of a garden as what happens during the day. Join our staff for a walk around the grounds at dusk as they point out beneficial insects or just watch in amazement at the show the lightening bugs are sure to put on in our prairie this time of the year. Come as a family and enjoy a sunset over our prairie before setting out on this short hike.

Thursday, June 30

Time

3:00-5:00 p.m.

Cost

FREE

Pond Discovery

Ponds are more than just water, they are an entire aquatic ecosystem!  Staff member Carol will point out all of the fascinating water plants and insects that are found in a healthy pond. Participants are sure to spot some fish and frogs as well. Dress to get wet.

Thursday, July 21

Time

9:00-11:00 a.m.

Cost

FREE

Prairie Discovery

Joins us for a morning adventure in our prairie. We will have bug nets and magnifying glasses for kids to do their very own prairie sweep. Once they catch some insects, our staff member Carol will help them identify what makes each insect unique and how they benefit the prairie and the ecosystem. 

June 10-12

Time

Daily

Cost

FREE

Open House and Hosta Walk

This annual 3-day event offers many items with special pricing including a long list of hostas. There will also be refreshments, door prizes, and we will have the gardens looking exceptionally beautiful!

Friday, June 10

Time

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Cost

FREE

Friday Night Sip & Stroll

Plan a date night or girls’ night out or bring your family! Friday Night Sip and Stroll: food, beer & wine in the gardens. The garden center will be open until 7:00 pm. Come check out the Open House specials and stroll the beautiful display gardens. 

Saturday, June 11

Time

10:00 a.m.

Cost

FREE

Plant Anatomy Workshop

Join our staff member Carol as she gives an introduction to plant biology. Learn the anatomy of a plant in a hands-on dissection and see how all plants have the same basic parts that come togehter to create each unique plant. 

Saturday, June 11

Time

1:00 p.m.

Cost

$20.00

Hypertufa “Make & Take” Workshop

Peoria-area horticulturist Ella Maxwell will be here to help you create a rustic garden container for your patio, deck, or garden. We will have the materials on hand for you to make a small planter using a mixutre of materials called hypertufa, which looks like stone after it cures. Please wear old clothes and shoes. Reservations are required.

Saturday, June 12

Time

2:00 p.m.

Cost

FREE

Arboretum Walk

The Hornbakers have been planting trees and shrubs on their 40 acres for over 40 years. Join Rich and Dave for an afternoon stroll around the grounds. Several varieties of beech trees will be featured, along with many other unusual and standard plants, including conifers.

Saturday, June 25

Time

10:00 a.m.

Cost

FREE

Pollination Workshop

Come celebrate National Pollinator Week with us.  Staff member Carol will be hosting an open discussion about all things pollinators. Learn about native plants that provide food to these beneficial insects and what you can do in your gardens to welcome and support butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.

Tuesdays

July 5, 12, 19 and 26

Time

9:00 a.m.

Cost

$20.00

Nature Journaling (4-Week Series)

Kids aged 7 to 10 can explore their senses in this 4-week series. Every Tuesday morning in July, kids that sign up for this 1-hour group will gather in the gardens to find their own journaling spot. Once they are settled, they will observe the space around them and write or draw what they see, hear, and feel.  Reservations required. Limit 20 participants.

Sunday, July 24

Time

TBA

Cost

FREE

Solberg Hosta Event

Nationally known hosta expert Bob Solberg will be back to share is wit and wisdom. More details to come!