e-Newsletter                         August 9, 2016

A Day AT The Fair
Sorry to say the McHenry County Fair 2016: Family Roots - Country Boots ended Sunday. The good news is there are just fifty one more weeks to the 2017 Fair. Which gives you time to hone your skills and enter one or more Open Show categories from growing to sewing to preserving and so much more. Volunteers will also be needed.

I love this Fair. Better known at my house as 'City Sue meets Country Sue.' I started going to the McHenry County Fair when my children were young. We would walk through the poultry, rabbit, swine, goat, dairy and beef barns. I was in awe of the parents and kids who spent five days and nights there showing a year's worth of work and having fun doing it.

Now I continue to attend, strolling every exhibit and building. Leading me first to enter the Open Flower Show and now to assist in organizing the event.

I admit, winning some Blue Ribbons hooked me on the Fair but it's the involved people of all ages: exhibitors, board members, Fair office workers, volunteers, 4H members, public service organizations and businesses that I am in awe of today. All sharing what they're good at so everyone can enjoy their day at the Fair.

People like Walter who judges feed hay by sight, smell and feel. A rare talent today. Infra-red machines do this now. Organizations like the McHenry County Conservation Districe, U of I Master Gardeners and McHenry County Department of Health helping and informing county residents of their programs. Businesses too, like Cabelas, encouraging 'catch and release' fishing with a bluegill stocked mini-pond, Countryside Flower Shop and Nursery designing a green oasis for relaxation in the Junior and Adult Open Flower Show building, and who can resist the mouth-watering Fair food!

Although the history of McHenry County's agricultural past is noticeable everywhere at the fairgrounds, the Fair is more than a celebration of the past. The McHenry County Fair is actually all about the future, with respect to the past, celebrating one Fair participant at a time. 
Sue Rancak

Congratulations to our July Brides! Thank you for having Countryside be a part of your special day!

many mums
Photo by Paul Litke
Mr. & Mrs. Cannella

Mr. & Mrs. Miller

Mr. & Mrs. Moore

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It's not too early to think about FALL FUNDRAISERS! We are growing thousands of gorgeous mums for fall!

As you get ready for 'back-to-school' and your school or organization is looking for a great fundraiser, call Lori to set up a Mum Fundraiser!

Countryside has been providing their Home Grown colossal sized mums for local fundraisers for over 25 years. We are proud to have helped many school groups, sports teams, libraries and scouts raise money by selling our Countryside Home Grown Mums. These groups are happy to offer a beautiful flowering plant just in time for fall decorating!

If your organization is in need of an easy and effective fundraiser, email Lori today and let's get your date on the calendar!

Summer in flight! Don't miss the hummingbirds and all the beautiful songbirds this summer!

Stop in for Hummingbird Feeders, Tray Feeders, Squirrel Proof Feeders and over 17 varieties of seed to keep your feeders filled!

It is important for birds to have fresh water. Be sure to change your birdbath water often.

It is as important for them to have access to a dry bath. Many birds like to use, dry dirt areas to preen their feathers and keep themselves cool! You will also find that butterflies appreciate this type of 'bath' as well.

Stop in for your bird seed and check out the upcoming bird walk dates thru the McHenry County Audubon Society.  

When you need a new patio, who you gonna call? Countryside!

These are two of Barb's most recent patio designs, installed just in time to enjoy on these hot summer days!

If a patio, walkway, retaining wall are on your list of home improvements, call or email the Landscape Department today!
Quick Fire Hydrangea

Limelight Hydrangea

As you drove to and from McHenry County Fair, surely you passed by several blooming Hydrangea plants.
If you are in the market for a hardy, blooming shrub, then stop in our Nursery today. Our staff is happy to help you chose the right hydrangeas for your sun or shade areas.

No matter what landscaping plants you need, trees, shrubs, evergreens; blooming, colorful, fruit bearing...
stop in now while ALL OUR NURSERY STOCK is 20% OFF
Delivery and planting is available!

Click here to search our inventory online,create a wish list and bring it in for our   Illinois Certified Nursery Professionals to help you select the right bushes for your landscaping needs.

Don't Miss Our Upcoming Events!

Sip & Design
Tuesday, August 23 at 6 p.m.
$35 fee - registration required
Join us for our 'Sip & Design' night! Floral Designer, Sandi Stinson, will show you design tips to help you create your own fresh floral arrangement while enjoying a nice refreshing flavored water or fresh herbal tea!
Call, stop in or email by August 22 to register so we have plenty of materials for everyone.

17th Annual Quilt Show quilts
Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18
If you would like your quilts displayed at our  Show, your quilting guild here to demonstrate, or your organization here to sell tickets for a raffle quilt, email Marcy today!

Twenty-six beautiful gardens have been entered in this year's Northwest Herald Best Home Garden in McHenry County!
Click here to view and vote!
Click here for our August 2016 Gardening Calendar

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