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University of Illinois Extension serving Franklin, Jackson, Perry, Randolph and Williamson Counties

Main Office (Jackson County)
402 Ava Rd.
Murphysboro, IL 62966
Phone: 618-687-1727
FAX: 618-687-1612
Email:uie-fjprw@illinois.edu
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (Franklin County)
1212 Route 14 West
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: 618-439-3178
FAX: 618-439-2953
Hours: MT, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1:00 pm)

Branch Office (Perry County)
3764 State Rte 13/127
Room 110
Pinckneyville, IL 62274
Phone: 618-357-2126
FAX: 618-357-3934
Hours: MT, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1:00 pm)

Branch Office (Randolph County)
313 West Belmont Street
Sparta, IL 62286
Phone: 618-443-4364
FAX: 618-443-1922
Hours: MT, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1:00 pm)

Branch Office (Williamson County)
201-B W Main
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: 618-993-3304
Hours: MT, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1:00 pm)

Perry County Master Gardeners

Perry County Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners are volunteers who provide service to a community by addressing common horticulture problems and questions. They share their special interests in horticulture and the skills they acquire in Master Gardener training with the community in various ways. They answer plant and gardening questions from home owners. They help design and operate exhibits, displays and demonstrations. And, they make presentations to both large and small groups.

Although no background in horticulture is required for acceptance into the program, participants are required to complete the Master Gardener training. They receive a minimum of 45 hours of in-depth classroom training on such topics as soils, botany, entomology, pathology, house plants, landscaping, and fruit and vegetable production. They also gain practical experience by attending field trips and workshops. In addition, Master Gardeners gain public relations, teaching and communication experience.

In return for this intensive training, Master Gardeners donate at least 60 hours of volunteer horticulture-related service to their local Extension Service.