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Colors and Shapes and Forms, OH MY! Ann Tice Interviews the MSU Trial Plants Manager

Picture of colorfully designed garden with the Illinois Master Gardener Logo in the middle.
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Join Master Gardener Ann Tice for a program on Tues., Feb. 7, 2023 at 12 noon to learn about the MSU trial plants and their garden bed designs.

While visiting the Michigan State University Trial Gardens several times last summer, Ann interviewed the wonderful young woman in charge of it all!  Deadre McGrath creates amazing designs with the 20,000-30,000 plants they put in each year containing over 500 unique varieties.  Plants and the designs change each year!  It was interesting to learn how they start seeds, control costs, plant, and care for the gardens- but the OUTSTANDING thing was the wealth of gorgeous designs!  From a wide swath of grouped individual colors in the Rainbow Gardens, to spiral and wave designs, to a green and white bed, to fabulous forms which all combine to make delightful designs to the eye.  Come relax during the chilly Midwest winter with visions of lush summer plantings.  

Master Gardener Ann Tice is part of our trials plants team in the Idea Garden (2001 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana, Illinois).  The Trial Garden is a test site for Proven Winners—providing visitors with a glimpse of new or improved cultivars for our area.  Ann and team make efforts to teach others what they have learned through trial evaluations and results, and by visiting other trial gardens such as this one.  Hopefully you can enjoy the colorful photos and pick up a few ideas you might be able to use no matter what style or size your home garden is. 

Participants can attend the program from a personal location via zoom or group zoom with us at the Extension Auditorium located at 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Champaign.

Note that University of Illinois Extension provides this information for education and does not endorse any company, products, or services over another.

This program is organized by the Champaign County Master Gardeners and University of Illinois Extension.

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This presentation will be recorded and, once edited and close captioned, made available on