In 2008, both of the Hornbaker daughters got married at Hornbaker Gardens.
Molly married Russ Blogg in June. Molly works here at the Gardens, and is taking more responsibility from Rich’s shoulders each year. She is now CEO of Hornbaker Gardens, Inc. Russ is a district heritage biologist with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. In November of 2014, they had their first child, Emmett William Blogg, the third Hornbaker grandchild. In January of 2017, they welcomed a second son, Oliver Ray Blogg, and in July of 2020, a third son, Miles Rowan Blogg.
Sara, the eldest of the three Hornbaker siblings, married Mike Tracey in October that same year. Sara taught kindergarten in Bloomington for several years, and now works in the junior high libraries. Mike is a financial analyst for Country Financial. In January of 2010, they blessed Rich and Kathy with their first grandchild, Caleb Thomas Tracey, and in February of 2012, their first granddaughter, Addison Ann Tracey.
David, the youngest of the Hornbaker siblings, graduated from the University of Illinois in May, 2010, with a degree in Horticulture. He works at the Gardens, taking charge of the creation and maintenance of our gardens, overseeing a major renovation of the gardens during the 2017 season. He married Laura Marek in October of 2015 at our new event center, The Barn. Laura is an occupational therapist for the BMP Special Education Cooperative. In April of 2018, they had their first child, a son, Sylvin Ray Hornbaker, and in July of 2020, a daughter, Eilee Kathlene Hornbaker.
In August of 2014, Kathy Hornbaker died after suffering from frontal lobe dementia for several years. She was instrumental in the establishment and operation of Hornbaker Gardens, and is greatly missed by her family, friends, and the many customers who got to know her. A link to her obituary appears below.
Hornbaker Family 1985
Rich with the grandkids 2021