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 new plant varieties; amazing facts about woodpeckers; carbon storage and soil health; xeriscaping - gardening with minimal water.

The series continues Mondays: April 18 and 25 from 6 to 8 pm at the Holiday Inn, Rock Island. Each night includes two presenters. The cost is $10 night. Snacks will be provided.

Monday, April 18, 6 - 8 PM

From Greenhouse, to Garden Center, to You in 2022
Jeff Johnson from Sunnyfield Greenhouse and Garden Center
Find out about some of the new plant varieties that will be available for your 2022 gardens! Get descriptions and cultural information on many new annuals and perennials available this coming year. Sunnyfield in Galva, Ill are professional growers with over 2000 varieties of annuals, perennials, vegetables and nursery stock.

Wild About Woodpeckers
Amy Loving, Director of Education at Nahant Marsh
This group of birds have amazing adaptations for excessive hammering, extracting food and more. Learn about the various species of woodpeckers in Illinois, and how to attract them to your backyard.

Other Dates/Topics in the Series:

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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