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Improve your gardens: Four Seasons webinar offers tips

URBANA, Ill. - Extend the beauty and productivity of this year's garden. University of Illinois Extension horticulture experts have added five new offerings to the popular Four Seasons Gardening webinar series. Register at the links below. Webinars start at 1:30 p.m. each Tuesday beginning April 7.

Seed Starting: 1:30 p.m., April 7
Looking for new and unusual annuals or perennials for your garden? Looking for a winter hobby? Why not start your own plants from seed this year. You can achieve great satisfaction watching your plants grow and stretch your gardening dollar. Martha Smith, Illinois Extension, horticulture educator will walk you through the entire process. Don’t just settle for marigolds… try something different!

Gardening 101: 1:30 p.m., April 21
Gardening can be a fun and rewarding activity. If you are starting your first garden or just need a refresher, join Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Ken Johnson as he covers the basics of gardening from where to place your garden, how to prepare and lay it out, and plant selection.  

Colorful Vegetables: 1:30 p.m., April 28
Extension Horticulture Educator Bruce Black will discuss plant characteristics that cause changes in popular and new cultivars of unique vegetables.

New Perennial Garden Theory: 1:30 p.m., May 12
Would you like to install a garden of perennials and bulbs that could actually become sustainable? Roy Diblik, perennial plant expert and author of The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden, has a fresh perspective on perennial gardening by outlining specifics on bed preparation, plant selection, garden designs, watering, and weed maintenance that allow the clients to have an easy to care for garden by year three. Join Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Kelly Allsup as she describes some of these techniques highlighted in the book and how they can work for you. 

Creating a Pollinator Garden for Small Spaces: 1:30 p.m., May 19
Proper plant selection can give gardeners a beautiful and fruitful space that can play an important role in creating habitat for pollinators. Jennifer Fishburn, Illinois Extension horticulture educator, will discuss pollinator plant options for small spaces.