US (IL): Spring brings flower power to Hardin fest

The Illinois River at Hardin got a little greener on Saturday during the annual Garden and Flower Expo, an event filled with demonstrations, plant vendors, fresh produce, gardening supplies, and local honey. 

There were healthy, colorful plants from Calhoun County, just about everywhere you looked, and for a good reason.

“The humidity we get from being between two rivers seems to keep things very lush,” said herbalist Kathryn Chapman of Hamburg.

Chapman offered several unique types of herbs, including ashwagandha, hibiscus, and dwarf Moringa trees, as well as “the leftovers of what didn’t make it into my garden this year,” she said. “Heirloom tomatoes, different varieties of basil, heirloom eggplants, and some celery.” 

“I really love perennials that kind of take care of themselves because I’m a busy person, working full time, and I have kids,” Chapman said.

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