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Spring Series of Home Horticulture | 2nd session

bluebird in tree in winter
Event Date(s)
Event Time
Holiday Inn
Event Fee
Rock Island

University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners have put together a great series for home gardeners to explore a variety of interesting topics. Experts will share tips on two topics each night of the series: Mondays: April 17, and 24 from 6 to 8 pm at the Holiday Inn, Rock Island, IL. The cost is $10/night. Snacks provided. Pre-register as space is limited. Register at

Monday, April 17, 6 - 8 PM

  1. Landscaping: It’s for the Birds, Chris Enroth, Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator 
    Attracting birds to your backyard can go beyond setting out birdfeeders. In this session go beyond the typical foundation planting, in order to provide the three things birds need: water, shelter, and food. Learn how to utilize native or well-adapted plants to start creating a landscape that welcomes birds by providing critical pieces of habitat.
  2. Spring: A Time of Bird Transition, Jimmy Wiebler, Naturalist and Research Coordinator for Nahant Marsh Education Center
    Once the changes of spring get underway, things happen fast especially with the birds. Migration is the big news of the season, and changeover from winter to spring birds in our backyards, parks, forest, etc. will make us really take notice as we are joined by a bunch of bright new colorful birds. Jimmy will share information on some of these Spring bird beauties.

Additional Sessions:
Monday, April 24, 6 - 8 PM

  • Growing Plants Indoors, Perrine West, experienced local garden and plant enthusiast
    Does your knowledge of this topic stop at how to overwinter a geranium? Perrine has grown hundreds of plants indoors and she’ll share the seven things you need to know about houseplants. She’ll touch on herbs, succulents, begonias, edible flowers, wildflowers, and shade plants. You'll also learn about the therapeutic benefits of indoor gardening that comes from the delight of getting something unusual to bloom. Whether you are trying to while away the hours of a long winter tending to plants indoors, or looking to just keep plants alive until they can go back outside, Perrine has tips and information to help you.
  • What’s New for 2023, Matt Jones, Nursery Manager, and Ethan Leader, Greenhouse Manager at Corn Crib Nursery
    What to watch for in the upcoming year from the greenhouse to the nursery. Matt and Ethan will share not only
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