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Use the resiliency and sustainability of plants to naturally beautify your garden

Purple and pink blooming native plant in field

URBANA, Ill. – Seasons come and go, but home gardening never stops. Pick up the knowledge you need to embrace a resilient and sustainable home landscape. Sessions identify plants that could be problematic and ones that promote a natural display of beauty throughout the year. 

Learn best practices for all things plants from University of Illinois Extension educators in the Four Seasons Gardening webinar series that begins March 28. 

Online sessions are from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on select Tuesdays and are free to attend. Registration is required. Extension educators Ken Johnson, Elizabeth Wahle, and Christopher Enroth will lead this series. Learn more about the series and register for individual events at

  • March 28 | Plant Personalities Defined: Non-Native, Invasive, and Aggressive: What’s in a name? Terms like non-native, invasive, and aggressive are often used interchangeably, but each means different things and can become confusing or problematic when used in the wrong context. Discover the differences between these commonly confused terms and how to use them properly. 

  • April 25 | Native Plants: Sequence of Blooms: Native plants are essential components of a sustainable landscape, and many offer blooms to brighten any garden. Explore a selection of Illinois native plants suitable for the home garden and find out how to plant in sequence for a show of blooms that runs from late winter through summer and into fall. 

  • May 16 | Invasive Plants: Beyond Outlawed: Plants displaying specific criteria can land on regulated federal and state invasive plant lists, but not all that meet those criteria are deemed invasive. Some of those plants are readily available at garden centers and commonly found in Illinois yards, despite a constant battle by landowners and conservation workers to keep them out of natural areas. Learn how to identify these species of concern, find ways to control them in natural areas, and pick up ideas for alternatives for the home landscape. 

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, contact Gemini Bhalsod at Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting access needs. 

SOURCE: Gemini Bhalsod, Illinois Extension Horticulture educator 
WRITER: Jenna Braasch, Illinois Extension media communications coordinator

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Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities. Illinois Extension is part of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.