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University of Illinois Extension serving Logan, Menard and Sangamon Counties

Main Office (Sangamon County)
700 S. Airport Drive
Springfield, IL 62707
Phone: 217-782-4617
FAX: 217-524-6662
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm)

Branch Office (Logan County)
980 N. Postville Dr.
Lincoln, IL 62656
Phone: 217-732-8289
FAX: 217-735-5837
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm)

Branch Office (Menard County)
420 S. 7th St., PO Box 138
Petersburg, IL 62675
Phone: 217-632-7491
FAX: 217-632-2425
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm)

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Harvesting and Preserving Herbs Program. Herbs are abundant during late summer. University of Illinois Extension Logan-Menard-Sangamon Unit will offer a program on “Harvesting and Preserving Herbs” on Tuesday, September 9, at 5:30 p.m. Master Gardener volunteers will provide information on various methods of harvesting herbs as well as suggestions for their use. This free program will be held at U of I Extension building, 700 S. Airport Drive, Springfield.

Plants to Dye For. University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will present “Plants to Die For” program on Thursday, September 4, at 5:30 p.m. The dye garden has plants from seeds such as Zinnias, Marigolds, Woad, Indigo etc. Dye is obtained from annuals through their flowers and leaves. Dye can also be achieved from perennials using the roots in their 2nd or 3rd year. It is somewhat trendy now as people want a more natural approach to gardening. Color can be achieved by using fibers such as wool or silk or cotton, muslin. A mordant is also used in dyeing to set the color. We all probably have something in our gardens that can be used for dye! Garden program will be held in the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden located in front of Building #30, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield. Program is free and open to the public. Presentations will last 30 minutes, followed by a question and answer session.

In celebration of 100 years of Extension a view of Master Gardeners Past and Present and their many committees and activities has been created.

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