Local and regional specialists cover a variety of environmental topics at this year's Mid-Winter Horticulture Workshop presented by University of Illinois Extension & the Master Gardeners from Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark Counties. The public is invited to join them on Saturday, January 25 from 9 am – Noon for a morning of education and inspiration on these topics:

Colorful Conifers Martha Smith, horticulture educator, University of Illinois Extension
Get ready to add “shock & awe” to your landscape all season long with colorful conifers of all sizes.  Did you know some conifers change colors through the seasons?  Working with all-yearlong foliage color can be challenging. Martha will show you how to re-think your landscape to bring out the best foliage display!

Big Flavors in Small Spaces: Container-Grown Fruits Bruce Black, horticulture educator, University of Illinois Extension
Lacking a large landscape and love homegrown fruits? Look to container gardening: fruit edition! Join Bruce to learn how dwarf cultivars of blueberries, strawberries, brambles (raspberries and blackberries), and even apple trees can be planted on your patios or small outdoor areas to provide those big fresh fruit flavors in small spaces!

The Eagles Journey Jody Millar QC Audubon Society
Each winter, around 3,000 bald eagles fly to Illinois to make it their temporary home, settling amid the cliffs and trees in over 27 counties across the state, making ours one of the best places in the entire country to see them. While bald eagles hunt for fish in the waters the Mississippi, you can also look to the skies to view our American mascot in the wild. Join Jody to learn more about the beloved bald eagles!

Register online at: https://go.illinois.edu/MidWinterHort2020

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and coffee and pastries will be served. Programs start at 9 a.m. Tickets are $12 in advance/$15 at the door. Advance registration is recommended as seating is limited. Call (309) 756-9978 for more information.