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Winter 2017 Four-Seasons Gardening Webinar Series

University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Team announces the Winter 2017 schedule for the Four-Seasons Gardening Webinar Series. The Four Seasons Gardening programs focus on environmental stewardship, home gardening, and backyard food production, and will begin again this month.

Programs include:

Seed Starting- January 31 at 1:30 pm and February 2 at 6:30 pm Growing plants from seed is both rewarding and cost effective. Join Kim Ellson, Extension Horticulture Educator, as she discusses key elements for successful seeding this spring. Strengthen your skillset and learn about germination triggers, breaking dormancy, scheduling, seeding methods, damping off and hardening.

How to Have Healthy Houseplants- February 14 at 1:30 pm and February 16 at 6:30 pm
Houseplants add life and beauty to a home. Rhonda Ferree, Extension Horticulture Educator, will provide simple tips to select and care for houseplants. After this program, even those with "brown garden thumbs" will know how to have healthy houseplants throughout their home.

Moth Orchids – Start an Orchid Odyssey- March 7 at 1:30 pm and March 9 at 6:30 pm
As the most highly evolved flowers on earth, orchids are an amazingly diverse plant family growing in deserts, mountains, marshes, northern woods, Illinois forests, and even our homes. If you are looking for an easy-to-grow but elegant houseplant, moth orchids are a great option. In this webinar, state Master Gardener Coordinator, Sandy Mason, will help you learn how to grow, repot and even rebloom moth orchids.

Participants learn from University of Illinois Extension horticulture experts from the comfort of their home computer. These classes are live so participants can ask questions of the presenters. They will also be recorded and shared on University of Illinois Extension's YouTube channel for later viewing for those who can't attend the live sessions. Recorded videos of these sessions can be viewed following the program at

The webinars are free and you can attend one or all of the 3-part series. Advance registration is required by going to Pre-registration insures that participants receive all instructions and materials needed to join the program.