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Gardener’s Art Fest

Naperville, IL, June 13, 2018 --( Artist Elizabeth Murray once said, “Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas.” On June 23, 2018, the Gardener’s Art Fest at The Growing Place Garden Center in Naperville brings art and gardening together.

This year’s theme “Enjoy! Gardening’s Creative Canvas” combines the talents of 38 local artists, music, food, and the expertise of keynote speaker, Kris Bachtell, Vice President of Collections and Facilities at The Morton Arboretum. At 11am he’ll introduce artistic trees, shrubs, and perennials from the "Chicagoland Grows" program tested at The Arboretum. At 1pm, enjoy two artists as one paints and one teaches you what to think about when designing your own garden. Watch as a beautiful garden display becomes the subject for a beautiful impressionistic painting.

Rounding out the talk schedule, at 10am learn how to garden for birds, a piece of living art in the garden and at 12pm enjoy inspiration on how to make the most of a small garden space.

The Roaming Hog Food Truck will be onsite 11am-3pm, musician John Till will be performing 1-4pm, and Tuk Tuk Naperville will be shuttling visitors to the talks, artists and their cars from 9am-4pm.

The festival runs 9am-5pm and all talks are free to attend. Visit for the full schedule of talks and activities.

About The Growing Place Garden Center
With two locations, one on Plank Road in Naperville and the other on Montgomery Road in Aurora, IL the family-owned, independent garden center serves customers from local communities. In 1936, Emma and Fritz Glatzhofer opened Emma's Perennials, specializing in field-grown perennials, at the current Naperville location on Plank Road. In 1973, their nephew, Rich Massat, and his wife, Carol, took the reins and expanded the nursery, changing the name to The Growing Place in 1976 and committed to delivering uncompromising quality, selection, and customer care. The Aurora production farm and retail garden center were opened in 1989. Both locations feature beautiful display gardens, called Learning Gardens, with user-friendly signage to educate and help spark imaginations. To learn more, visit the website at
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