Webinar series encourages gardeners to start thinking about spring

CLINTON, Ill. — It’s time for gardeners to start thinking about spring. Taking the time now to do some “gardening homework” is essential to planning for the season. University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening webinar series focuses on home gardening, environmental stewardship, and backyard food production, making it an excellent resource for gardeners.

There are two options to view these webinars. Participants may choose to view the webinars from the comfort of their own home or in-person at the Vespasian Warner Public Library, located at 310 N. Quincy St. in Clinton.

  • Spring Ephemerals will be on Jan. 25 at 1:30 p.m.  Illinois Extension Educator Gemini Bhalsod will guide you through the interesting diversity of spring ephemerals and how to grow them in your yard.
  • Organic Gardening will be on Feb. 15 at 1:30 p.m. Illinois Extension Educator Ken Johnson discusses what organic gardening is and how you can implement organic practices in your own vegetable garden.
  • Shade Gardening will be on March 8 at 1:30 p.m.  Join Illinois Extension Educator Andrew Holsinger to learn how to increase color and interest in your shade garden with perennials. Soil preparation, light levels, design, planting, and maintenance will also be discussed.


To register for the viewing at the Vespasian Warner Library, call Marie at 217-935-5174 at least one day before the program.
To view the webinars remotely, register at go.illinois.edu/FourSeasons at least one week before the program date. Participants will receive a confirmation email with webinar connection details.

For more information, please contact bmiglin@illinois.edu. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact 217-935-5764. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access need.

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. More information is available at go.illinois.edu/dmp.

WRITER: Maria Lightner, Marketing & Communications, University of Illinois Extension

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