Master Gardener Program in Vermilion County
The Vermilion County Master Gardeners began serving residents in 1994 and have partnerships with Danville Area Community College, the VA Illiana Health Care System, Douglas Discovery Garden, Danville Public Library, and the Vermilion County Conservation District.
In 2019, about 80 Vermilion County Master Gardeners volunteered over 8,000 hours making their community a better place to live. They volunteer in community gardens and provide educational programs for adults and children.
If you enjoy gardening, learning, and sharing your knowledge with others, then the Master Gardener program may be for you.
Volunteers make a commitment to complete 60 volunteer hours on approved Master Gardener projects within two years. This period was extended in 2020 due to Covid.
Our Community Projects
Garden Walk: Master Gardeners collaborate with local residents allowing the public to view amazing gardens in the community on one special day in June.
Garden Day Workshop, Saturday, March 13, 2021 An annual event, local gardeners wait for all winter. Program includes speakers, tote bag filled with garden themed items and coupons and a silent auction. Attendees are encouraged to register early in February. The silent auction is free and open to the public.
Atwood House Garden: Located at Kennekuk County Park, Master Gardeners maintain the gardens from spring to fall and help with new plantings of both flowers and vegetables. They participate in the Plant A Row program where they grow vegetables for local food pantries.
Kennekuk Herb Garden: Master Gardeners plant and tend over 100 labeled herbs in raised beds. The Kennekuk Herb Garden received certification from the Illinois Herb Society in 2015.
Plant Sale: May 2021 at First Presbyterian Church, Danville, Plants include annuals, perennials, vegetables, and herbs for the garden. Master Gardeners start many of the plants from seed and/or take them from their own gardens.
Radio Program Provides an opportunity for the public to submit questions about gardening practices or concerns during a weekly radio show. It airs on Wednesdays on WDAN, our local radio station, at 5:00 PM. Recorded shows can be found on WDAN Radio.
Horticulture Help Line: Every year the Vermilion County Extension Office receives gardening questions from local residents regarding plants, insects and plant diseases. Master Gardeners research and answer these calls providing reliable information at no cost to residents. 217-442-8615
Speakers Bureau: Master Gardeners deliver horticulture presentations to local community organizations on a wide variety of topics like Container Gardening, Pollinator Pockets, Herb Gardens, Vegetable Gardens, Seed Starting, Annuals and Perennials, Trees and Shrubs etc. Call the Extension Office for more information: 217-442-8615
VA Committee: Master Gardeners volunteer about 2,500 hours a year at the Danville VA. They are active in the VA Greenhouse where they propagate, grow, and maintain plants. They design, plant and maintain a Pollinator Garden on the grounds where visitors, staff and veterans can sit and enjoy hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators zip in and out. They are responsible for maintaining the VA Healing Garden- as peaceful secluded garden available only to veterans residents, as well as monthly Horticulture Therapy programs for veterans in several areas and different ages.
Danville Public Library Children's Wonder Garden A Children's Garden Club that meets weekly all year. Master Gardeners design, plant and tend a garden with the children as well as offering horticulture programs indoors like growing mushrooms, seed starting and forcing bulbs.
Douglas Discovery Garden Master Gardeners plant and maintain annual, perennial flower, herb and vegetable gardens with the local community. They collaborate with local schools to offer gardening classes in winter months culminating with students planting seedlings in about 20 raised beds in May.
Monthly Educational Horticulture Programs held at the Danville Public Library -usually the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6pm (unless indicated otherwise), 319 N. Vermilion St. in Danville. You may pre-register online or at the Extension Office 3164 N. Vermilion. Call 217-442-8615 or email email@example.com You may also register at the door except for 'Make and Take' classes where a small fee applies to cover supplies.
It is essential that you report all volunteer hours earned using the reporting website. These hours enable the sponsors to understand the value provided by Master Gardeners and to justify continued support for the program.