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Margaret Burns Westmeyer
Program Coordinator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
4747 Lincoln Mall Drive
Suite 601
Matteson, IL 60443
Phone: 708-679-6889
FAX: 708-679-6855
mburnswe@illinois.edu

Nancy Kreith
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
4747 Lincoln Mall Drive
Suite 601
Matteson, IL 60443
Phone: 708-679-6889
FAX: 708-679-6855
kreith@illinois.edu

Cook South Suburban Master Gardeners

Cook South Suburban Master Gardeners

Speaker's Bureau

Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who enjoy helping people put horticultural knowledge to work. Several experienced Master Gardeners present programs about gardening to groups and organizations of 15 or more people. All Garden programs are PowerPoint slide presentation format developed in partnership with professional University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educators. To request a guest speaker please fill out the request form on this site:� http://web.extension.illinois.edu/units/survey.cfm?sID=799&UnitID=467

For more information please contact Margaret Burns-Westmeyer, at mburnswe@illinois.edu or call (708) 679-6894.

BODYSMART GARDENING - Learn how to protect yourself from injury while gardening. BodySmart Gardening involves the tools we use and how we use those tools. It also addresses things within our control � skin health and the prevention of muscle aches and strains.
BLOOMIN� BULBS - Spring bulbs are an important addition to any landscape or garden. Because of the wide variation in flowering time among different bulbs, they will add color to the landscape from January until June and beyond.
BUTTERFLY GARDENS GALORE - Find out the basic needs of common Illinois butterflies so you can design butterfly friendly gardens. We�ll also show you which plants will attract these �flowers of the air.�
CONTAINER GARDEN SECRETS - Whether you live in an apartment, condo, town home or single family home, you probably have the space for the color and interest of container gardens, one of the hottest trends in gardening. Includes container selection, plant selection, simple design considerations, the proper planting and maintenance to help ensure success.
HERB GARDENING -Throughout human history, herbs have been used as flavorings, medicines, decorations, scents, and protective garden plants. Herbs delight the senses whether you choose to cook and craft with them or just enjoy them as fine fragrant flora.
FALL IN THE GARDEN - What to do and when to do it for lawn and landscaping care and cleanup.
BASIC VEGETABLE GARDENING - Vegetable gardening isn�t difficult or complicated. We present tips to make your landscape work for you. Creating a partly edible, partly ornamental garden is an idea whose time has come. You can grow fresh wholesome food in a small space, with just a little time. Beat the weeds, skip the pesticides. Learn how.
PRUNING TREES - Correctly train young trees when they are still small to prevent the need for more expensive, dangerous pruning on older and larger trees. Learn how to prune a tree away from your home or other obstructions without harming the tree. Even if you are planning on hiring someone to prune a large tree, you need to understand the basics of pruning to make sure you hire someone who knows what they are doing.
ROSES - Have you dreamed about beautiful roses and never been able to make that dream a reality? The Roses program will look at the many types of roses available today, how to select the right one, the proper way to plant and care for roses, and some of the pests that may be encountered in the rose garden.
SHADE GARDENING - There are many plants that thrive with little direct sunlight. Learn about perennials, grasses, shrubs and ground covers that can brighten up those shady areas in your garden.
WORM COMPOSTING - Worm composting is a fun way to make fertilizer from food scraps! It is excellent for small spaces and kids love it. It is easy to do, but takes a little more effort than basic composting. We will demonstrate how its done for your group.
NATIVE PLANTS - When you incorporate native plants in your home landscape, you achieve beauty and provide habitat for native pollinators and wildlife.

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