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Ladybugs, fairies and food at Gardenology in Geneva

GENEVA – Ladybugs will be liberated and fairies will toss fairy dust, while all things garden-related will be on tap during Geneva’s Fifth Annual Gardenology Day Faire.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday from the Kane County Courthouse, at 100 S. Third St., Geneva, to the Metra Train Station in downtown Geneva. Garden advisers and 70 vendors will participate, coordinator Debbie Notaro said. 

“This is our fifth year,” said Notaro, who owns My Secret Garden, a design and garden coaching company. “There will be all kinds of people selling garden art and anything to do with gardening. We’re having food this year and a speakers tent [covering] all different subjects – from organic gardening to how to tie a bow for your container.”

Notaro estimated about 3,000 attended last year, and expects more this year.

“We are hoping for another big crowd and six hours of no rain,” Notaro said.

New this year will be food, such as fresh fruit crepes from Chez Moi Café, garden pizza from Aurelio’s Pizza and Heavenly Hotdogs among others, she said.

Children’s activities include a ladybug release at noon at Country Naturals, 316 Campbell St., Geneva, and story time from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at the Geneva Public Library, 127 James St., Geneva.

“And a whole group of fairies who belong to the World of Faeries Festival will walk around and read stories and throw fairy dust on people,” Notaro said. “We are also having the Stillman Nature Center in Barrington bring raptors.”

Although the Geneva Chamber of Commerce does not host Gardenology, spokeswoman Laura Rush said the chamber promotes it.

“A group of merchants got together five years ago … got an idea and ran with it,” Rush said. “It brings people to Geneva, and that is what we want.”

A full list of speakers, vendors and activities is available online at

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