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Nikki Keltner
Program Coordinator - Stephenson County
University of Illinois Extension
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-4125
FAX: 815-232-9006
nkeltner@illinois.edu

Stephenson County Master Gardeners

Stephenson County Master Gardeners

Who are the Stephenson County Master Gardeners?

The Master Gardeners of Stephenson County are an enthusiastic group of trained volunteers that link the home gardener with the knowledge of the University through several educational programs offered throughout the county.

Educational Programs Offered by Master Gardeners

The Master Gardeners strive to offer a variety of informational and fun programs throughout the year.

Master Gardener training will take place in Stephenson county beginning Sept. 7 through November 15 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Contact our office to register and find out more!

The Master Gardeners offer the "Joys Series" of educational programs. "Autumn Joys" is a half day program offered in the fall that provides sessions led by Master Gardeners and other local experts. A full day spring gardening event titled "Joys of Gardening" is known throughout the county as the premiere gardening event of the season. The program offers a variety of knowledgeable speakers that cover hot topics and current interests. Master Gardeners also provide speakers (by request) to local organizations looking for a presenter.

Display Gardens

Display gardens are offered throughout the county by the Master Gardeners. Gardens are located at the Stephenson County Visitors Center, Lena Historical Society, Krape Park, Stephenson County Courthouse, Blackhawk War Monument and Freeport Public Library. All the display gardens are planted and cared for by the Master Gardeners. The display garden at the Stephenson County Visitors Center is a native plants garden that was planted in 2007 and a rain garden planted in 2010. Many plants in our display gardens are labeled for the public to view. Several Master Gardeners work on the prairie at Lake Summerset. Soon we will be installing the Wes Robinson Memorial Garden at Tutty's Crossing in Freeport.  The garden will have a variety of perennial prairie plants that will support butterflies.  The garden will be monarch friendly with plants that will support the reproduction and growth on monarch butterflies. 

Telephone Helpline

May through September Master Gardeners staff a helpline to answer homeowner’s horticulture related questions. The helpline is staffed Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Master gardeners provide timely, research based answers to homeowner's questions. Give the Master Gardeners a call at (815) 235-4125 or email them at uiemg-stephenson@illinois.edu

We look forward to helping you with your home horticulture questions!

Check out our other Master Gardener activities by clicking the categories on the right hand side of the screen.  Learn more about our rain garden, out Master Gardener Book Club called the "Bookworms" and the Don Opel Arboretum tree walk.