Learn about heirloom vegetables and gardening in difficult times at Garfield Farm Museum show Aug. 25
On Sunday, Aug. 25, learn from the backyard gardeners how their favorite old varieties of vegetables, fruits, and flowers fared in 2019 at the annual Heirloom Garden Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Garfield Farm Museum in Campton Hills.
With a long winter, a wet and cool spring well into summer, and finally a dry spell, gardening was not a sure thing in 2019. The museum barely got its two rare varieties of potatoes in and the Antique Flower Garden was planted a week late as weather was a challenge.
Even though it was the best controlled burn season in years for the 50-plus acres of prairie, savanna and wetlands at the museum, the rains may have enhanced the excessive growth of invasive plant species while the native species seem to take it all in stride.
Sunday's show will bring gardeners from Iowa, Indiana and Illinois together to share their tips, produce and some seeds with a faithful core of show attendees and first time visitors.
As each year's show depends on the previous year's yield that produced the seeds for this year's harvest, insight for seed abundance for 2020 crops will undoubtedly be of concern.
Visitors taking the prairie tour will see how the native plants fared and get a hint of their seed production. Monarch butterflies may be present as their numbers were better this year than the previous two years.
Preserving historic varieties of produce and crops is a hedge against inevitable change.
As the rate of change is accelerating with world population growth, economic cycles, and weather extremes, having alternatives to meet such changes is critical. having a public that understands the value of plant genetics developed over the centuries is as crucial as understanding from where foods come.
Last minute displays are welcome. If one would like to display heirloom varieties at the show, contact the museum at (630) 584-8485 or firstname.lastname@example.org for registration information. There are no fees for exhibitors. Lecturers are welcome.
There will also be tours of the 1846 Teamster Inn and Tavern and the museum's recently restored 1906 dairy barn. There is a $6 donation or $3 for children, age 12 or younger.
Garfield Farm Museum is on Garfield Road, off Route 38, five miles west of Geneva. The 374-acre museum is supported by donations and is the only surviving historically intact former 1840s Illinois prairie farmstead and teamster inn being restored as a historic working farm museum.