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Christopher Enroth
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
3022 W Jackson
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: 309-837-3939
FAX: 309-833-3019
cenroth@illinois.edu

Amanda Christenson
Program Coordinator, Hort/FL
University of Illinois Extension
180 S Soangetaha Rd, Ste 108
Galesburg, IL 61401-5595
Phone: 3093425108
FAX: 309-342-1768
achriste@illinois.edu

Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners

Gardener's Day

Registeration is closed for Gardener's Day 2017, but join us next year on April 7, 2018!

View information from last year's event below:

The 22nd Annual Gardener's Day sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension and McDonough County Master Gardeners was held Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Spoon River College Outreach Center in Macomb, Illinois. 

Click here to view last years brochure.

Spoon River College Outreach Center

2500 E Jackson Street

Macomb, IL 61455

Registration includes speaker sessions, lunch, access to vendors, and materials for most of the sessions. 

Early Bird Registration is $30 for participants that register prior to Saturday, March 11.

Half-Day registration available! The fee for half day is $20 (made payable to University of Illinois Extension) Lunch is NOT included in the half-day option. 

 

Class numbers are limited and will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. All enrollments, online or mailed in, will be dated upon arrival.

 

Late Registrations and walk-in registrations will be $40, but lunch will be on your own. Late registration and walk-ins will be accepted only on a space-available basis. Contact Amanda at 309-342-5108 or achriste@illinois.edu for space availability.

 

This year we are offering one hands on workshop that will allow you to build your own bluebird nest box. This workshop will be offered four times with a maximum of 12 people per class.

 

Master Gardeners are selling the wonderful Spear Head Shovel, a tool which is coveted in our gardens. You may purchase this shovel in person at Gardeners Day or you can reserve one online by registering here

  

All participants are entered to win our GRAND DOOR PRIZE, The Gardener’s Dream Bucket including:

  • Short Handled Spear Head Spade
  • Long Handled Step-On Weeder
  • Fiskars Lopper, Bypass Pruner, and Snips with Sheath
  • A.M. Leonard Soil Knife and Sheath
  • 100 ft Expandable Lightweight Hose with Adjustable Sprayer Head
  • TubTrug Flexible Bucket
  • Garden Kneeler and Seat 

We will draw for a GRAND DOOR PRIZE winner during lunch.

 

 

 

Session One - 9 to 10 a.m. Choose One

 

 

Growing Lavender: From Field to Fragrance

Steve Harlin, Owner of Purple Prairie Lavender Farm

I have often heard from our customers, “I love lavender, but every time I plant it, they never grow back.” Steven Harlin of Purple Prairie Lavender Farm, LLC will cover some of the ins and outs of growing lavender. From selecting the right kind of lavender, soil preparation, watering needs and trimming, all which play a key role in the survival of your lavender. And, if you’re adventurous, distilling for essential oils and cooking with lavender.

 

Introduction to Pruning

Kari Houle, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator

Pruning is often the most misunderstood practice with trees and shrubs. This session will introduce you to the basics of proper pruning – the how, when, and why. Join University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Kari Houle, as she gives us the low down on this important seasonal practice.   

 

 

Facts & Fun of Water Gardening

Sue Kershner, owner at Tender Top Water Gardens and Nursery

Ponds and water features can add movement and incredible aesthetics to your landscape, but where do you start? Sue Kershner will present an introductory lesson on water gardening, including how to start or update your water feature, products needed to build a small pond, and what you need to know about aquatic plants and fish.

 

Make-n-Take Bluebird Nest Box Workshop 

Gerald White, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener & Master Naturalist

This hands-on class will take twelve participants per session and be offered during all four sessions. Participants will receive a kit of wooden parts, necessary hardware, and step-by-step instructions with assistance to assemble a Bluebird nest box to take home. Includes a short presentation on cavity nesting birds.

 

 

Session Two - 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Choose One

 

 

Barking up the Wrong Tree

Jeff Vancil, owner Hart's Nursery

Many tree myths abound, and knowledgeable tree care requires one to discern between fact and fiction.  We will discuss how to “connect the dots” of information to arrive at scientifically sound conclusions that follow tree facts not fiction.  Planting, how trees grow, and tree care techniques will be explained so that one is well informed.  Whether you hire or do the work yourself, being an informed tree owner will protect your landscape’s most prized specimens.

 

Create a Shady Garden Respite

Rhonda Ferree, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator

University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Rhonda Ferree covers both the art and science of gardening in the shade. She will discuss how to garden in the shade and give a variety of plant options beyond the usual hosta and fern. You will also learn other elements needed to round out a relaxing space that connects you with nature.

 

Landscaping for Life

Carey Boehm-Corrie, owner Boehm's Garden Center

An in-depth look at our landscapes - from traditional foundation plantings to the landscapes of tomorrow. A shift in the perception of our landscapes can have a major impact on our pollinators- from butterflies and birds to bees and beetles... learn how to create a landscape we can ALL enjoy!

 

Make-n-Take Bluebird Nest Box Workshop 

Gerald White, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener & Master Naturalist

This hands-on class will take twelve participants per session and be offered during all four sessions. Participants will receive a kit of wooden parts, necessary hardware, and step-by-step instructions with assistance to assemble a Bluebird nest box to take home. Includes a short presentation on cavity nesting birds.

 

 

Session Three - 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Choose One

 

 

Monarch Butterfly Habitat Answers

Rhonda Brady, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener

Be prepared to have your questions answered by Rhonda Brady AKA The Butterfly Lady as we cover the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly and the conservation needs that will help restore the monarch and other pollinators to West Central Illinois.  We will discuss the Monarch Waystation program and the need for more milkweed stems as proposed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to help in the recovery plan for the monarch migration and the summer breeding area of the Corn Belt. Be introduced to citizen science projects that can help with the research connected to the efforts by the State of Illinois to create more habitat for the state insect. 

 

Growing Vegetables in Containers

Dr. Joel Gruver, Western Illinois University professor of Soil Science & Sustainable Ag

You do not need a huge lawn and a tiller to grow food at home. Join Dr. Gruver as he explores opportunities to grow vegetables in containers. He will discuss types of containers, growing media, watering methods and types of vegetables well suited for growing in containers. He will share his personal experiences and draw from the literature to provide you with the knowledge to make the most out of your container garden. 

 

New Plant Introductions for 2017

Jeff Johnson, Owner at Sunnyfield Greenhouse and Garden Center

Join the Owner and Head Grower at Sunnyfield Greenhouse and Garden Center as he covers new annuals, perennials, vegetable and nursery stock for the 2017 growing season.

 

Make-n-Take Bluebird Nest Box Workshop 

Gerald White, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener & Master Naturalist

This hands-on class will take twelve participants per session and be offered during all four sessions. Participants will receive a kit of wooden parts, necessary hardware, and step-by-step instructions with assistance to assemble a Bluebird nest box to take home. Includes a short presentation on cavity nesting birds.

 

 

Session Four - 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Choose One

 

 

Hummingbirds: Nature’s Jewels of the Bird World

Lois White, owner of Hummingbird Haven

Hummingbirds are our smallest birds and are not only amusing, amazing, beautiful, and intelligent, but also useful in pollination and insect control. Learn how to attract and care for them to keep them coming back year after year.

 

Can You Dig It? Getting Down and Dirty with Your Kids

Ronda McKee, Patti Bloom & Mendy Sowers, Agriculture in the Classroom Coordinators

Get green!!  Get dirty!  Back to nature! Ag in the Classroom coordinators will be presenting a variety of resources and ideas for parents and caregivers to turn their preschool through elementary age children into certified “Friends of the Earth.” Hands on activities will be included to help stimulate ideas and motivation for future gardeners.

 

Landscaping - True or False

Chris Enroth, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator

With our ever-expanding technology and connectedness, we have more information readily available than any human society in history. In our swirling whirlpool of digital communications, it can be hard to tell what is fact and what is fiction. Join University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, Chris Enroth, as we dispel landscaping myths of products, trends, and management strategies and get to the science of gardening. 

 

Make-n-Take Bluebird Nest Box Workshop 

Gerald White, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener & Master Naturalist

This hands-on class will take twelve participants per session and be offered during all four sessions. Participants will receive a kit of wooden parts, necessary hardware, and step-by-step instructions with assistance to assemble a Bluebird nest box to take home. Includes a short presentation on cavity nesting birds.