STERLING, Ill-While Hosta plants come in varied colors, sizes, textures and bloom times, there are many more shade loving beauties from which to choose, which will often give the gardener a similar effect. Whiteside County Master Gardeners have prepared a Demonstration Shade Garden at University of Illinois Extension office situated on Lawrence Rd. in Sterling.

The Demonstration Garden is a communal project of active Master Gardeners, as members brought plants from their personal gardens to share for the project. One Master Gardener is, and continues to be, the coordinator; designing the layout for the plants in order to maximize each plant’s unique qualities and display each properly. The plants are labeled with a corresponding booklet describing the color, size, bloom time and distinguishing features of each individual plant. 

Join the Whiteside County Master Gardeners on May 1 from 1–3:00 p.m. for a presentation explaining the varieties of shade plants contained in the Demonstration Garden, as well as a tour of the Demonstration Shade Garden. Each participant will receive a Shade Garden Booklet. The presentation will also include shade loving plants not in the Demonstration Garden.

Registration is limited to 25 participants and can be done online or by calling the Whiteside County Extension office; (815) 632-3611. 

Participants will be required to wear mask and follow social distancing guidelines. If you will need an accommodation in order to participate, please email mnelsn25@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs. 

 

WRITER:  Mary Nelson, Whiteside County Ag & Natural Resources Program Coordinator 

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