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Learn about heirloom gardening and native plants at free garden tour

DECATUR, Ill. –  Did you know Rock Springs is home to multiple gardens? These gardens are cooperative efforts of Macon County Conservation District, Master Gardeners, and Master Naturalists. Enjoy a lovely evening stroll to learn about organic heirloom gardening with methods dating back to 1860, plants that are native to Illinois, and more.

“Increase your knowledge of the gardens located at Macon County Conservation District with Master Gardeners and a Master Naturalist leading guided garden tours,” says Master Gardener Coordinator Julia Duncan. “Dive in to learning more about natives, herbs, and heirloom gardening.”

Rock Springs Garden Tours will be at 5:30 p.m. on July 28 at Macon County Conservation District, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, Ill. This free event will include tours of the Heritage, Herb, and Native gardens. Register by July 26 at For more information, please contact Julia Duncan, Extension master gardener coordinator, at or call 217-877-6042.

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. Find DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt Extension Master Gardeners and Horticulture on Facebook.

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

Source: Julia Duncan, Master Gardener Coordinator, University of Illinois Extension

Writer: Laura Crider, Marketing and Communications, University of Illinois Extension

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