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     May 17, 2021      #37-137 KDJ
 

Kankakee Kultivators prepare for spring,

Daily Journal Staff Report

KANKAKEE — Kankakee Kultivators are forging ahead preparing for their 2021 Garden Tour and Faire set for June 24. In Kankakee, Benoit Greenhouses, Busse & Rieck, Joy’s Hallmark and Love Christian Center now have garden walk tickets available for sale.

Outlets selling tickets in other communities include the following businesses: 2 Sisters Bottega in Ashkum, Made for Me Boutique in Manteno, Off the Vine in Momence, Ryan’s Pier in Aroma Park, Woldhuis Farms Sunrise Greenhouses in Grant Park, and Tholens’ Garden Center in Bourbonnais.

Kultivators will be featuring five private residential gardens this year. Gardeners who will be sharing their landscapes with ticket holders are Ron Bachus, Todd and Beth Dorn, Raymond and Pat Eads, Art and Barb Mantoan, and Bob and Bonnie Rudolf.

The tour’s bonus site will be St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manteno’s serene garden and grotto. The gardens will be open to ticket holders from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Artisan Faire will be open to all members of the public on the grounds of the Kankakee County Historical Museum and Kankakee Civic Center, 801 S. 8th Ave., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The community is also invited to attend general meetings and featured programs conducted by the Kultivators. At noon Thursday, May 13, the club — all masked and socially distanced — will be meeting in the fourth-floor auditorium at the Kankakee Public Library. Guest Speaker Marcy Lautaren-Raleigh will present “Decorating with Herbs.”

Club members will also be discussing four current activities. They will review their recent spring/summer/fall annuals sale. They will settle final details for their downtown planting on May 17. That morning, gardeners will be up and down Kankakee’s streets and around the train depot filling the planters and urns with foliage and flowers.

They will make plans for their sale at the Rhubarb Festival on Sunday, May 23, where club members will sell plant starts from their own gardens and houseplants — plus tickets for this year’s garden walk. They will be on hand to discuss the garden walk itself.

Upcoming Kultivator activities

• Thursday: At noon, the club will meet in the fourth-floor auditorium of the Kankakee Public Library. 

• Monday: Club members will conduct its annual downtown planting, filling the planters and urns along Kankakee streets and around the train depot.

• May 23: Club members will sell plant starts from their own gardens and houseplants at the Rhubarb Festival.

• June 24: 2021 Garden Tour and Artisan Faire, featuring five private residential gardens as well as the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manteno’s serene garden and grotto, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The artisan faire will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Kankakee County Historical Museum and Kankakee Civic Center.

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