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Rebecca Schiver
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University of Illinois Extension
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Paris, IL 61944
Phone: 217-465-8585
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Edgar County Master Gardeners

Edgar County Master Gardeners

University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners are adult members of the local community who are interested in lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers, gardens, vegetables and the environment. You can become a Master Gardener if you are willing to learn about horticulture, share that research-based information with others, and volunteer at least 30 hours annually back to the community. The University of Illinois provides invaluable training and educational opportunities to assist you in meeting these goals. The annual training, usually beginning in January, involves 60 hours of online or classroom instruction over a period of 11 or 12 weeks.

Edgar County Master Gardeners are a dynamic group of individuals who share an enthusiasm for horticulture - from moon gardens to civic improvements. Our projects are visible in many locations throughout Edgar County.

If you are interested in the Master Gardening program, please contact Rusty Nave, University of Illinois Extension Ag & Natural Resources Program Coordinator, at or 217-826-5422.

  • FAST Training: Tools for Better Decisions PDF
    This FAST (Farm Analysis Solution Tools) seminar provides in-depth training to individuals interested in acquiring a comprehensive understanding of the applications of FAST. The workshop will benefit individuals who use FAST, as well as those who desire to teach FAST to students, farmers or clients. The seminar is scheduled to provide detailed education on the FAST spreadsheets and resources in two sessions: Financial Management and Farm Management.

  • Integrated Pest Management Modules
    These modules were created to inform you about newly emerging or prevalent diseases and insect problems in the landscape. Five modules have just been released and more will be added to the website throughout the coming year. We are currently releasing modules on Spruce Problems, Thousand Canker Walnut Disease, Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Bacterial Leaf Scorch and Sudden Oak Death.