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Main Office (Kane County)
535 South Randall Road
St. Charles, IL 60174-1591
Phone: 630-584-6166
FAX: 630-584-4610
Email: uie-dkk@illinois.edu
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Master Gardener: M-F 10 am to 2 pm

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1100 E. Warrenville Road
Suite 170
Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: 630-955-1123
FAX: 630-955-1180
Email: uie-dkk@illinois.edu
Hours: M 11am - 7pm; Tu-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm Master Gardener: Tu-W-Thu 9 am to 12 pm

Branch Office (Kendall County)
7775-B Illinois Route 47
Yorkville, IL 60560
Phone: 630-553-5823
FAX: 630-553-5871
Email: uie-dkk@illinois.edu
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Master Gardener: M-F 9 am to 12:30 pm

News Release

U of I Extension Honors Kendall County Master Gardeners

YORKVILLE, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension of Kendall County celebrated its Master Gardeners with an awards and appreciation night on Tuesday, October 17 in Yorkville. The volunteer group has already completed 2,410 hours of service for 2017.

“Kendall County Master Gardener volunteers serve the community through efforts like the Help Desk, annual plant sale, Plano Community Garden, and more,” said Sarah Fellerer, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Program Coordinator. “We truly value their hard work and time to fulfill the program motto of ‘helping others learn to grow.’”

In fact, two Kendall County Master Gardener volunteers will surpass 700 hours of service this year. Connie Hatter and Hillard Bryant, both of Plano, mainly volunteer at the Plano Community Garden.

“Together, the pair recorded nearly 1,400 hours of time already this year,” said Fellerer. “This established community garden project also provided more than 3 tons of produce to the Kendall County Community Food Pantry this season.”

Three other Kendall County Master Gardeners earned recognition for top hours, including Gloria White of Oswego, Laura Spang of Batavia and Steve Wolf of Sandwich.

White went on to earn the Most Help Desk Hours Award and the Apical Dominance Award. The latter recognizes leadership in initiating or further developing an event, activity or resource. White was instrumental in the success of the annual plant sale and has been invaluable at the Help Desk this growing season.

The Spuds Potato Award went to Bev Popp of Yorkville for her dependability and reliability throughout the program year. Popp is a staple of the Master Gardener program who shares her time through multiple projects and steps up at a moment’s notice to assist when needed.

Anita Vitous of Yorkville took home the 2017 High Yield Award, which recognizes above-and-beyond efforts in achieving program objectives. Vitous was a valuable member of the annual plant sale team, and she is active at the help desk and assisting with Master Gardener training.

“These individuals are knowledgeable, giving and passionate,” said Fellerer of all the evening’s honorees. “They – and the entire Kendall County volunteer group – share time and talents with the community.”

For more information on the Master Gardener program in Kendall County and University of Illinois Extension, visit go.illinois.edu/extensiondkk.

Local Contact: Sarah Fellerer, Program Coordinator, Master Gardeners, fellerer@illinois.edu