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Sharing a growing secret at Gardeners' Gathering this April


Join the Woodford County Master Gardeners on Saturday, April 21 for a morning filled with lots of fun as we unlock secret gardening tips in a celebration entitled "Gardeners' Gathering: Sharing a Growing Secret," in Germantown Hills.

Universityof Illinois Extension is proud to present Patrick Murphy, horticulturist, and curator of Fell Arboretum on the campus of Illinois State University. Patrick will present his selections and best planting practices of Trees of the Midwest Landscape with our audience. Patrick will demonstrate and elaborate on the concept "Right Tree for the Right Place." During past extension programs, Patrick has rated as an excellent and very knowledgeable speaker and participants have said they will save money this growing season from those tips. If you are in the market to plant a new tree or just want to further understand the trees in your own home landscape, save your seat today as space is limited.

As adventures continue for the day, we look at growing your vegetables this season. Woodford County Master Gardener, Joni Wolffe will present on growing vegetables outside of the row. Learn to increase your ability of growth in your garden produce by exploring the idea of container gardens with us.

Oh and while your veggies are growing this summer, be on the lookout for the pollinators in your backyard. Kelly Allsup, horticulture educator, will help you do your part to save the pollinators by building a pollinator pocket container full of blooms that will be loved by the butterflies and bees. Pollinator annuals available for take-home container designs will be heliotrope, lavender, pentas, oregano 'kent beauty', parsley, bloodflower, snapdragon, bronze fennel and Rudbeckia.

A $20 registration fee includes morning refreshments, three workshops, and supplies for the container garden. Check-in and light refreshments will be available at 8:30 a.m., with the workshops, beginning at 9 a.m. The program will be hosted at the Great Oaks Community Church (515 Rt. IL-116, Germantown Hills 61548). Pre-registration is required online by contacting the Woodford County Extension Office at (309) 467-3789.

For more information on this program or additional Extension programming, please contact us at your local Extension office. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Kelly Allsup at (309) 663-8306