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Ian Goslin
Program Coordinator, Master Gardener Program (Bilingual)
University of Illinois Extension
1505 Valle Vista Blvd
Pekin, IL 61554-6245
Phone: 309-347-6614
FAX: 309-347-5472

Paula Lane
Office Support Assistant
University of Illinois Extension
127 S High St, Ste 1
Havana, IL 62644-1496
Phone: 309-543-3308
FAX: 309-543-6239

Rhonda J. Ferree
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
127 S High St, Ste 1
Havana, IL 62644-1496
Phone: 309-543-3308
FAX: 309-543-6239

Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners

County-Tazewell Master Gardeners

Tazewell County Master Gardener Meetings

4th Monday at (5:30 pm social) 6:00 pm - March through November. If you have any questions please contact Lee Maki or Ellen Denler

  • March 26, 2018 at Pekin Extension Office. Program TBD. 
  • June 7, 2018 Plant Bingo, Festival Building in East Peoria.

Tazewell County Master Gardener Activities

  • ICC Master Gardener Demonstration Garden...A tri-county Master Gardener project with Tazewell, Peoria, and Woodford County Master Gardeners. Work days are Tuesdays 9-noon; may be earlier during the heat of the growing season. Other work days may be scheduled. The Demo Garden is located behind the Land Lab near the entrance of ICC. Volunteer/Education. Project Chair-Kathie Pickering.
  • Mackinaw Beautification...Master Gardeners are involved with planting, care and maintenance of planters downtown and also around lightposts. Also beautification/education projects in Mackinaw. Volunteer/Education. Project Chair-DeLores Brown.
  • Plant Bingo...June 7, 2018 at Festival Building in East Peoria. Plant Bingo is a fun and informational event hosted each spring and is open to all Master Gardeners and the public. Master Gardeners are asked to volunteer to help at the event and to donate plants and other garden related items for prizes. This project won a 2011 IL Master Gardener Teamwork Award. Proceeds support a horticultural scholarship at Illinois Central College. Project Chairs-Donna Cothrell and Shirley Metz.
  • Stepping Stones...Stepping stones are perfect for every garden, and MGs involved with this project work to sell/distribute these at various garden events. These are sold to Master Gardeners throughout the state and contain a replica of the Illinois state MG logo. Project Chair-Karen Shelley.
  • Green Valley Community Garden...Community members and volunteers help at a garden on the south edge of Green Valley, IL and share produce with those unable to garden. Project Chair-Curtis Franks.
  • The Giving Garden...Located in Westwood Park in Morton, The Giving Garden (60 x 80-feet) grows vegetables which are donated to WeCare and Community Harvest in Morton, as well as to other agencies depending on availability and need. Since 2011, more than 6000 lbs of vegetables have been grown to feed the hungry.Project Chair-Cathy Lane.
  • National Wildlife Federation Mayor's Monarch Garden (new in 2017)-The garden area is at the Justice Center in Pekin.
  • Washington Garden...The Washington Garden is a 6,000 square foot garden area located next to the new parking lot at Five Points directly behind the fire station in Washington, IL. Volunteers grow produce for WHIP in Washington plus other charitable agencies in Peoria. Since 2011, volunteers have grown more than 20,000 pounds of fresh produce to help feed the hungry. Work will start with the garden beginning late March or early April depending on the weather. The normal work day is every Thursday at 8 a.m. (in warmer summer weather, at 7 a.m,) and continues through the first frost in late fall. There may be a need for additional work on other days such as watering, insect control, weeding, etc. dependent on the weather. During the harvest season, the harvest for WHIP is the first and third Wednesday of the month. Project Chair-Lee Maki
  • Wildlife Prairie Park Gardens...The Homestead garden is located at Wildlife Prairie Park near Hanna City, IL. The garden's purpose is to teach grade school students how to plant, maintain, and harvest vegetables that will be fed to the animals at the park. Project Chair-Carol Cihla
  • The Master Gardeners also are involved giving Public presentations, workshops, and much more to area churches, schools, and civic organizations.
  • Special Project: Midwest Regional Hosta Society 2018 Convention"Hostas Play in Peoria",July 12 - 14, 2018 in E. Peoria.

Tazewell Leadership for 2017

  • President, Lee Maki
  • Vice President, Ellen Denler
  • Secretary, Pam Scott
  • Treasurer, Trudy Yazuijan

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