Program Coordinator, All Programs
University of Illinois Extension
421 W Pines Rd, Ste 10
Oregon, IL 61061
The mission of the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program is "Helping Others Learn to Grow." Master Gardeners involve people in improving the quality of life by helping them find sound management practices for home and urban natural resources, by creating aesthetically pleasing environments, by promoting well-being through people-plant interactions and horticultural therapy, and by contributing to a safe, abundant food supply through home fruit and vegetable production.
The objectives of the Master Gardener program are to:
Volunteer Master Gardeners are available to answer your gardening questions at the Extension office on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings during the growing season. Call 815-732-2191 or email email@example.com
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
On call – Call 815-732-2191 and a Master Gardener will return your call.
Bring in or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) photos of the plant. Be sure to include the surrounding environment.
If possible bring in the entire plant if appropriate, especially if it is a vegetable, annual or perennial flower.
Woody plant samples should be as large as practical. Collect samples from areas that are still alive and showing symptoms.
Do not collect dead plants. Often their tissues have been invaded by other fungi and bacteria and the original pathogen is no longer detectable.
Collect several plant specimens showing a range of symptoms. Collect both healthy and damaged plant parts.
Provide as much background and related information as possible. Make note of flooding, shade, environmental changes, pesticides used and fertilizer history. Watch for any observable patterns or uniformity.
It may be necessary to wait until the plant blooms for a botanical identification.
After collecting samples, do not expose them to direct sunlight. Keep them cool and do not allow them to dry out. Weeds tend to wilt quickly, consider placing them between two pieces of moist paper towel and bring them in as soon as possible.