DECATUR, Ill. —Are those black spots on your maple tree leaves? Why don’t your roses bloom? Do you get insect infestations in your vegetable garden? You have questions. We have answers. Gardeners from beginner to expert can gather to answer questions, share pictures, and discuss gardening issues during weekly virtual sessions. Anything Grows is a combination weekly online help desk and social meeting place hosted by University of Illinois Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources program areas serving DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt counties. 

Join Extension staff, Master Naturalists, and Master Gardeners for the first session of Anything Grows at noon on Friday, April 16. These weekly afternoon sessions will be one hour in length and will continue until June 25. 

“We love discovering what is going on in your backyard,” says Extension Horticulture Educator Sarah Vogel. “This is a great way for gardening communities to stay connected and help new gardeners learn to grow.” 

“Gardening is a great family activity where we carefully nurture plants from little sprouts to end up with a beautiful flower or a tasty vegetable,” says Extension Local Foods Educator Doug Gucker. “This is what makes gardening so special.”

Email Sarah Vogel or call (217) 877-6042 for more details. Register for each session of Anything Grows. While registering you will have an opportunity to enter specific questions you would like answered during the session. Once registered, participants will receive information on how to connect by computer or phone. 

The horticulture program is a branch of University of Illinois Extension that provides research-based information and training about soil testing, tree health, lawn care, pest identification and control, vegetable gardening, and more. The horticulture program also provides Master Gardener training

Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call (217) 877-6042. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

Source: Sarah Vogel, Horticulture & Natural Resources Educator, University of Illinois Extension

Writer: Laura Crider, Marketing & Communications, University of Illinois Extension serving DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt Counties

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