University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners have put together a great series for home gardeners to explore a variety of interesting topics. The last session in the series will take place on Monday April 25 from 6 to 8 pm at the Holiday Inn, Rock Island. Regional experts will share tips on carbon storage and soil health; xeriscaping - gardening with minimal water.

The cost is $10/person. Snacks will be provided.

Monday, April 25, 6 - 8 PM

Soils, Carbon and Climate
Duane Friend, Illinois Extension, Energy and Environment Educator
Carbon storage is a hot topic. Some soils contain huge amounts of carbon, mostly in the form of organic matter. Soils also have the ability to store additional amounts of carbon quickly, but can just as easily lose it. Extension Educator Duane Friend discusses why Midwest soils contain large amounts of organic matter, changes that have occurred over the last 150 years, and ways that carbon, in the form of organic matter, can be increased in these soils.

Make Every Drop Count - Xeriscaping
Chris Enroth, Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator
Tired of dragging the hose around and hauling buckets of water to parched plants? Then learn how you can incorporate xeriscaping into your home garden. Whether you desire a minimalist landscape approach or crave a lush garden; listen as Chris details design strategies and proper plant selection to minimize your water usage and make every drop count.