Livingston County Master Gardener Projects

Garden Pots at 4-H Park

18142 4H Park Road, Pontiac, IL

  • An annual theme fills the garden pots located throughout 4-H Park.

  • Plants for Pollinators is a recent and popular theme!

  • Plants are always picked based on the conditions of each pots location (sun vs. shade)

Dargan Park

732 E Madison St, Pontiac, IL

  • A native plant garden showcasing the beauty of native native plants in the landscape.
  • Each native plant was selected to create a continuous display of color throughout the season.
  • Additional special features include the garden's designation as a Monarch Waystation and Pollinator Pocket.
dargan park pollinator plot

Extension Office Prairie and Pollinator Garden

1412 S Locust St, Pontiac, IL

  • Sited at the Livingston County Extension Office to educate visitors on the use of native plants in the home landscape. The garden is a source of pollinator observations for I-Pollinate and is designed as a Pollinator Pocket.
  • Garden selections bloom throughout the season offering habitat and pollen from early spring to late autumn.
  • High-value plants offering nectar or pollen are planted in clumps to make foraging (finding food) easier for birds, bees and butterflies.
prairie and pollinator garden

The Village of Flanagan

124 S Main St, Flanagan, IL

Artesian Park, Flanagan, IL

  • Master Gardeners offer education and plant selection guidance to support community beautification projects completed by Village of Flanagan
    • Flanagan Library: With grant funding, Master Gardeners installed a registered Monarch Waystation and a Pollinator Pocket.
    • Artesian Park: Master Gardeners were instrumental in the construction of 6 raised beds that now beautify Artesian Park.
  • Bedding and pot designs are developed in collaboration with Flanagan School FFA Ag Department who grows the beautiful potted selections from seed each year.

Flanagan School Garden

202 E Falcon Hwy, Flanagan, IL

  • Each spring and fall, students of all ages play a role in planting or maintaining the garden beds at Flanagan School Garden:
    • Butterfly Garden, Native Prairie Plants bed, Flowering Perennials bed, Raised Vegetable Garden bed, Sunflower House
    • Spring tulips and daffodils; flowering perennials late spring through fall
  • Classes visit for story time, garden walks, and insect discovery
  • Gardens spaces are also designed for the I-Pollinate, Pollinator Pocket, and Monarch Waystation programs. All offer students and Master Gardeners opportunities to learn about insect habitat while creating beautiful spaces. Each garden has received many compliments from teachers, staff, students, and community members. 

Yost House Garden

298 W Water St, Pontiac, IL 61764

  • A cottage-style garden with historically relevant plants is sited on the grounds of the historical Catherine V. Yost House, a Queen Anne-style Victorian home.
  • Master Gardeners host educational workshops on the uses of garden plants during the summer house touring season.
  • A variety of spring bulbs and a mix of natives and perennials act as host to pollinators. Site is registered as a Pollinator Pocket.

Educational Outreach Programs


Youth Enrichment Lessons

Master Gardeners created an outreach program for youth in the schools of Livingston County. Work in groups of three, volunteers present 45-minute lessons to students to 5th grade and 2nd grade classes during the fall and spring of each school year. Lessons are provided on a variety of topics such as insects, the prairie food chain, and seeds. The lessons are well received by students and teachers in the county.

A Day in the Garden Patch

A morning filled with gardening education, hosted in spring just in time to help gardeners find inspiration on their own gardening projects. There is always a make and take component and time to gather with other gardeners. This program sells out every spring as it is loved by gardeners in the community.