Bi-State Garden Conference


Bi-State Gardening Conference features award-winning perennial selections and unique vegetable crops in 2021.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill.—Purdue University Extension and University of Illinois Extension are collaborating to offer the annual Bi-State Gardening Conference, held virtually (via Zoom) on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Presentations will begin at 6:00 p.m. CST (7:00 p.m EST).

This year’s conference will consist of two presentations:

  • Perennial Plant of the Year – 2020 Hindsight, presented by Martha Smith, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator. The Perennial Plant Association members have been selecting the perennial of the year since 1990.  The first was Phlox stolonifera – but since 1990 newer & improved Phlox have been introduced.  This program will look back and review all the past winners and talk about a few recent introductions.
  • Growing Uncommon Vegetables in the Midwest, presented by Erin Harper, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator.  Have you ever wondered if ginger grows in our Midwestern climate?  Are artichokes something that we can grow locally?  Join Erin Harper for tips on growing some of the more uncommon vegetable crops for our area.

The cost for the program is $10, payable online at  Login information for the Zoom virtual platform will be shared with registered participants a few days prior to the event.

 If you have additional questions, please contact Ryan Pankau at 217-300-6009 or

Purdue University Extension and University of Illinois Extension provide equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact your local Extension Office.