University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners have put together a great series for home gardeners to explore a variety of interesting topics. Regional experts will share tips on growing and using herbs; growing healthy trees and shrubs; new plant varieties; amazing facts about woodpeckers; carbon storage and soil health; xeriscaping - gardening with minimal water.

The series will take place on Mondays: April 11, 18 and 25 from 6 to 8 pm at the Holiday Inn, Rock Island. Each night includes two presenters. The cost is $10/night, or $25 for all three nights. Snacks will be provided.

Monday, April 11, 6 - 8 PM

Growing Herbs & Ways to add them to Everyday Meals
University of Illinois Extension educators Emily Swihart, horticulture, and Kristin Bogdonas, nutrition and wellness
An herb is defined as “a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory or aromatic qualities”. They are used to flavor food, provide fragrance, for medicinal properties and hobbies such as crafting and landscaping. Emily will talk about some of our most beloved herbs and how to cultivate them. She'll also explore a few fringe plants that the adventuresome gardener may want to consider. Kristin will share culinary uses of herbs and provide tips and tricks for incorporating them into our everyday meals.

Favorite Trees & Shrubs that Thrive
Emily Swihart, Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator
Trees and shrubs are often the backbone of a landscape. With so many sizes, shapes, colors, and characteristics to offer, it's no wonder that we rely on them for so many functions in our landscape. Emily will share some of her favorite species and offer planting and care recommendations so the trees and shrubs in your landscape can thrive.

Other Dates/Topics in the Series:

Monday April 18, 6 - 8 PM

  • From Greenhouse, to Garden Center, to You in 2022
    Jeff Johnson from Sunnyfield Greenhouse and Garden Center
  • Wild About Woodpeckers
    Amy Loving, Director of Education at Nahant Marsh

Monday, April 25, 6 - 8 PM

  • Soils, Carbon and Climate
    Duane Friend, Illinois Extension Energy and Environment Educator
  • Make Every Drop Count – Xeriscaping
    Chris Enroth, Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator
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