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Ian Goslin
Extra Help, Master Gardener Program (Bilingual)
University of Illinois Extension
1505 Valle Vista Blvd
Pekin, IL 61554-6245
Phone: 309-347-6614
FAX: 309-347-5472
ianmg@illinois.edu

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
pclane@illinois.edu

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
ferreer@illinois.edu

Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners

Speakers Bureau

University of Illinois Extension Staff and Master Volunteers are pleased to present these horticultural programs to educate and entertain your group. Most presentations run approximately 45 minutes, but they can be adapted to fit other needs. Submit your speaking request using the online form found at http://bit.ly/1Ria6ZW

  • All about Iris!
  • Bargain Gardening. Don't let a limited budget keep you out of the garden. Find out how gardens can be simple, fun, and inexpensive. You’ll learn gardening tips and ideas that will save you time and money.
  • Composting (could include worm composting). Learn how to use garden debris to start your own backyard compost and be rewarded with free organic materials that has many uses.
  • Container Gardens. Whether you live in an apartment, condo, town home or single family home, you can grow vegetables, herbs, flowers, or even fruits and trees in containers. 
  • Create a Shady Garden Respite. Learn how to create a shade garden that includes a variety of plant options beyond the usual hosta and fern.  
  • Designing a Flower Bed with Seasonal Interest. Have you ever seen a garden that just took your breath away?  You visit again, two months later, and the garden is again in full glory.  How do people do this?  How do you design a garden that offers visual interest through the seasons?  This lesson will walk you through the design process step-by-step.  You will learn how to plan a garden that will offer you visual interest spring through fall with a few winter accents as well.
  • Easy Care Native Plants. Many home gardeners would like to add native plants to their garden, but are unsure how to start.  This program takes a look at the native plants that are low maintenance and grow in a wide range of conditions. Native grasses, wildflowers, trees and shrubs will be covered.
  • Energy Efficient Landscaping. Sustainable and energy efficient landscapes are common buzzwords in today’s gardening circles and can be overwhelming to the novice gardener. Learn tips for how your landscape can help keep your energy costs down and make your yard more environmentally friendly. Bargain Gardening Don't let a limited budget keep you out of the garden. Find out how gardens can be simple, fun, and inexpensive.
  • Fairy and miniature gardens.  Learn how to create your own magical miniature garden.
  • Herbs. Herbs are not only beautiful garden plants, but also very useful plants. Learn more about common herbs, how to grow them, and common uses.
  • Houseplant Propagation Learn how to propagate houseplants using a number of different techniques including leaf or stem cuttings, division, and air layering.
  • How to Have Healthy Houseplants. Houseplants add life and beauty to a home. Learn simple tips to select and care for houseplants.
  • Invasive plants. Learn all about common invasive species as well as species of concern in Illinois and the impacts of these species on the environment and natural habitats.
  • Late Summer & Fall Colors in the Garden. Late summer and fall gardens often look worn out and tired after the riot of spring and summer color. Our fall gardens don’t have to look tired and past their prime.  Many plants are available to give you a fall “WOW” factor.  Learn how to rev up your August-September garden with perennials, ornamental grasses and the fall color of trees & shrubs.
  • Master Gardeners “Help Others Learn to Grow”. Learn all about this fun and rewarding volunteer program.
  • Pollinator Gardens (could include bees, butterflies, and more). Learn all about how pollinators are essential to our environment and how to design a garden to attract them.
  • Seasonal Care for the Home Landscape – Summer & Fall. Every season there are things that need to be done in our home landscapes and gardens.  Our lawns, trees & shrubs, flowers and vegetable gardens need to be taken care of to keep them looking and producing their best.  Seasonal Care for the Home Landscape: Summer/Fall offers tips and advice for basic maintenance June through November.
  • Seasonal Care for the Home Landscape – Winter & Spring. Every season there are things that need to be done in our home landscapes and gardens.  Our lawns, trees & shrubs, flowers and vegetable gardens need to be taken care of to keep them looking and producing their best.  Seasonal Care for the Home Landscape: Winter/Spring offers tips and advice for basic maintenance December through May.
  • Stepping stones and/or hypertufa workshop (Additional time and fees required)
  • Tea Gardens. This session covers several types of tea gardens, as well as the various plants used to make tea.  Rhonda Ferree’s Presentations
  • Vegetable Gardening Basics. What do you need to consider when starting a vegetable garden? What size garden? How much should you plant? What equipment do you need and how do you care for and harvest your vegetables?

Donations are greatly appreciated and help support all the work we do for the Community. Donations run $50 to $150 depending on how much the organization can afford. Please make out your check to University of Illinois. Young organizations just getting started for instance are subsidized by more established and well financed ones. That way we can serve everyone.