Master Gardener and Master Naturalist News
Prairie State Orchid Society Show and Sale
February 10 & 11, 2018, free admission, at the Washington Park Botanical Gardens
1740 W. Fayette, Springfield, IL. Experienced growers will be on hand to answer questions. Handouts on orchid culture and care will be available. Saturday show and sale noon to 4pm Sunday show noon to 4pm; sale noon to 3pm
Master Gardener Apparel
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Master Naturalist Apparel
Master Naturalist apparel can be ordered at any time https://www.sportsworldfire.com/29-master-naturalist
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Unit 16 to Host State Master Gardener Conference
Logan-Menard-Sangamon Unit will host the 2018 State Master Gardener Conference on September 6 and 7 in Springfield. The next planning meeting will be held Wednesday, February 28, at 3 pm at the Extension office in Springfield. Volunteers are needed to set-up tours, decorate the venue and assist with event registration.
Horticulture Advisory Board Members openings
The Unit wide Horticulture Advisory committee has the following openings:
Logan Master Gardener (3 year term)
2 openings- Sangamon Master Gardener (3 year term)
1 Master Naturalist volunteer
Committee positions open until filled
Email Jennifer for an application.
Horticulture Advisory Committee
The next Horticulture Advisory meeting will be Wednesday, February 14, at Noon, in Springfield.
Save the Date
Herb Sale :
Work Days - Pickup & Setup April 25 & 26.
SALE Days- 9 am-1 pm, April 27 & 28
Garage Sale :
Work Days - Setup and pricing June 4-7
SALE Days – 9 am-1 pm, June 8 & 9
Maple Syrup Time Volunteer Training
Counts as MG and MN opportunity
February 22, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Do you enjoy learning new things? How about teaching others? Then our Maple Syrup Time volunteer training is the perfect opportunity for you. Come learn about the process of transforming sap into maple syrup so you can, in turn; lead area school children through the amazing process. Experienced volunteers are invited to come refresh their tree tapping skills as well. If you would like to attend this training session please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Nature Center at (217) 529-1111.
Master Naturalist Planning meeting
Master naturalist volunteers will meet on February 9 at 1:30 pm at the Logan County Extension office. Discussion items will include: building and monitoring additional bluebird houses, feeder watch for the public at Kickapoo Creek Park, tree naming and tagging, trail signage, nature walks for elementary students, planting tree seedlings, collecting and dispersing prairie seeds, prairie flower identification, promotion of the Master Naturalist program at festivals and farmers' markets, presenting programs to community and school groups, and invasive plant eradication.
Coordinator: Donna Holinga
A Project FeederWatch survey is conducted each winter at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary. Dates for 2018 are Wednesdays: February 21; March 3, 21; April 4. If you are interested in assisting contact Donna Holinga.
Fruit Demonstration Garden
(At the Extension office)
Co-chairs: Barb Mackey-Bruzetti and Ann Broch
The Committee for the Small Fruits and Vegetable Demonstration Garden met in January and is looking forward to good weather and working in the the garden. Our next meeting dates will be held at the Extension on February 19 and March 19; both at 9:30 a.m. Please feel free to join us.
March programs will be held at the Extension. We look forward to you attending our "COLD Frames" program on March 6, at 5:30 p.m. and the "Square Foot Garden" program on March 13, at 5:30 p.m. The programs will contain "how to" information and will last about an hour.
Prairies to Perennials Garden
MG and MN opportunity
Chair, Sherry Park
The Prairie to Perennial Garden group will meet at the Extension office on Wednesday, February 21 at 9:00. We will be planning for the upcoming season and, weather permitting, adjourn to the garden to work, doing clean up and seasonal pruning of plants. New members are always welcome.
Imagination Station Children's Garden at Henson Robinson Zoo
MN and MG opportunity
Co-chairs: Sara Oehlert and Jennifer Justin
Children's garden zoo meetings will be held on Wednesday, February 7, at 10 am, and March 7, at 9 am at the Extension office in Springfield.
Plastic Pot Recycling Committee
MG and MN opportunity
Chair: Diana Hetherington and Susie Risser
Special Project Committee
MG and MN opportunity
Contact: Bill Budd
Dean Home Heirloom Garden (at Lincoln Home National Historic Site)
Contact: Diane Grottola
St. Joseph's Home Garden Therapy
Chair: Veronica Fesser
Activities will begin in May at St. Joseph's Home.
Dana Thomas House Garden
MG and MN opportunity
Chairs: Loretta Mabie
The Dana Thomas House committee will meet on Thursday, February 15 at 1:30 at the extension office in Springfield to brainstorm project ideas for 2018. A meeting to discuss role of volunteers with site coordinators will take place at the end of February. Questions or ideas may be directed to Loretta Mabie by Feb. 15.
Native Wildflower Committee
MG and MN opportunity
Coordinators: Georgine Stephens and Barbara Rogers
Next meeting will be Wednesday, February 14, at 12:30 pm at Lincoln Memorial Garden Nature Center. Following the meeting committee members are invited to an educational opportunity at the LMG greenhouse to learn how to propagate the different native shade plant roots Larry has saved (trillium, bluebells, etc). Plants will be placed in this garden once up and growing.
Plant a Row for the Hungry
Chair: Mary Ann Sievers and Mary Alice Keith
Plant a Row will have their first meeting of the year March 14 at 9:00 am at the extension office in Springfield. Immediately following this meeting, the Thursday night Farmer's market committee will meet.
If any other master garden or master naturalists committee wishes to participate in one of the Thursday night Farmer's markets, please submits your ideas and dates you are considering.
Illinois Products Farmers Market- Master Gardener Booth
(Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois State Fairgrounds)
Chair: Dennis Suttles
Herb Demonstration Garden/Grape Arbor
(Illinois State Fairgrounds in front of Building #30)
Co-chairs: Janice Buscher and Cathy Wiseman
The first Herb Committee meeting of 2018 was a potluck in February. Our next scheduled meeting is Monday, March 12 at 9:00 a.m. at the Extension Office. As always, we invite all MG's who wish to join, or are considering joining, our committee to attend a meeting. If you have questions regarding our activities, feel free to contact Janice or Cathy.
Idea Demonstration Garden
(Illinois State Fairgrounds in front of Building #30)
Co-chairs: Karen Kirk
The Idea Garden Team is looking for new members. We are one of the Demonstration Gardens at the State Fairgrounds featuring five separate plots demonstrating new gardening "ideas" each year.
The Idea Garden "Ideas" have been set for the 2018 State Fair Demonstration Gardens. This year's "Ideas" are: Secret Garden, Kitchen Garden, Pollinator Pocket, Sensory Garden, and Meditation Garden. Our next meeting is Thursday, February 15 at 5:30 pm at the Extension Office in Springfiel. New team members are welcome, please contact Karen Kirk if you would like to know more about the Idea Garden Team.
Perennial Demonstration Garden
(Illinois State Fairgrounds in front of Building #30)
MG and MN opportunity
Leadership team: Sue Doubet, Cathy Wiseman
The perennial committee will begin the 2018 garden year with our first meeting on March 12 at 9:00 a.m. at the Extension office in Springfield. Discussion will be held regarding work days and programs for this year.
Committee meetings will be held on the second Monday each month through November.
(Illinois State Fairgrounds in front of Building #30)
Contact: Ann Pictor and David Laird
At the end of February, the compost committee will put a temporary compost bin in the Idea garden. Demonstration garden committees are asked to put plant debris in this fenced in area. No sticks or woody rose debris. At the end of March, compost committee members will chop up the debris.
Invasive Plant Phenology Observers
I-TICK (Illinois Tick Inventory Network)
If you have an interest in the following project, please contact Jennifer by February 19.
I-TICK program is a tick surveillance program to gather information about the presence of ticks of public health concern in Illinois. We are looking for organizations or teams to serve as hubs throughout the state. Illinois partners for I-TICK include: Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign College, and Western Illinois University.
How it works: People working outside on a regular basis may encounter ticks. We are asking people who work outdoors throughout the state to join the I-TICK network to help build a more complete record of where and when people encounter ticks within Illinois. Participants agree to keep a record for 5 days about the ticks that they find on themselves during their work and to submit tick specimens to a location (hub) near them. Specimens will be picked up from the hubs by I-TICK representatives for species identification. A kits is provided with everything needed to keep track of the ticks observed.
For each day, participants record: Number of ticks found on themselves that day and where they went that day.
Collect Ticks: When at least one tick is found, place all ticks from that day in 1 vial. If no ticks are found during a collecting day, return the vial empty but still record the information in the data sheet. Drop the ticks off at a hub so we can pick them up for identification.
When is the Program? Citizens are needed who can participate for any 5-day period between April 1, 2018 and December 1, 2018. It is best if the 5 days are within about a 2-week period; the 5 days do not need to be consecutive. People are welcome to participate in more than one 5-day period.
Workday's at Kickapoo Creek Park
Master Naturalist Opportunity
Kickapoo Creek Park in Lincoln
Contact Jim Struebing, 217-671-1086
No work days in January.
Volunteer sessions have restarted at Kickapoo Creek Park on Thursday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m. Short term activities will include cutting and spraying vines growing up tree trunks, cutting tree seedlings out of the prairie, and spraying to stop the spread of lespedeza in several locations.
At Kickapoo Creek Park the volunteers have nearly completed several October and November projects including cutting and spraying poison ivy and Virginia creeper vines on trees, honeysuckle sprouts from around trees in the savanna areas, and honeysuckle under white pine groves.
Trash Pick-Up and Work Days at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary
Trash pick-ups are weekly Wednesday mornings, 9am to 10am. No equipment needed, gloves and trash bags provided. Weather permitting.
Work Days at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary
Every Thursday, 10 am to Noon, general sanctuary maintenance. Trails, invasives, etc. Tools and safety equipment provided.
Friends of Sangamon Valley workdays
Every Tuesday in February (6, 13, 20, 27) at Hickory Point Woods from 10:00 til noon.
Every Thursday in February (1, 8, 15, 22) at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary from 10:00 til noon.
February 3, Saturday Wolf Preserve 10:00—noon
February10, Saturday Knuppel Wildlife Sanctuary 10:00—noon
February 24, Saturday Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, Chainsaw Workshop 1:00—4:00
Every Tuesday in March (6, 13, 20, 27) at Hickory Point Woods from 10:00 til noon.
Every Thursday in March (1, 8, 15, 22, 29) at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary from 10:00 til noon.
March 3, Saturday Mary Lou Lael 10:00—noon
March 10, Saturday Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, Mushroom Workshop 1:00—3:00
March 24, Saturday Wolf Preserve 10:00—noon
Every Tuesday in April (3, 10, 17, 24, May 1) at Hickory Point Woods from 10:00 til noon. Every Thursday in March (5, 12, 19, 26, May 3) at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, 10:00 til noon.
April 21, Saturday Wolf Preserve 10:00—noon
April 28, Saturday South Fork Nature Reserve 10:00—noon
Visit web site at www.fosv.org or Facebook for latest updates. Unless noted otherwise, meet at the location at the times listed above. Call Vern LaGesse at two-one-seven-five-two-five-one-four-one-zero for more information or for directions. Work gloves and boots are recommended for all work days. All other equipment is provided.
Adams Wildlife Sanctuary: Illinois Audubon Society's sanctuary in Springfield.
Hickory Point Woods: East on Toronto Road, to West Lake Drive, turn right continuing east. Turn right on Island Bay Lane, go past Hickory Point Lane, and park on the east side of the road next to the timber.
Knuppel Wildlife Sanctuary: Near Old Salem Chautauqua and Petersburg
Lael Property: Call Vern to RSVP.
Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary: Just outside Loami. From Springfield or Chatham, take E. Loami Rd. west to Lead Line Rd. Turn south (left) on Lead Line to Withers Rd. Turn west (right) on Withers. Go about a 1/2 mile until you see signs for the Sanctuary
Walden West: Near Manito.
Washington Park: George Rose will be scheduling workdays throughout the season as he is available. Consult our web site for dates or call George at seven-eight-seven-one-nine-four-zero for more information or to get on George's phone tree.
Gardening Classes at Oasis
Counts as MG continuing education
Programs will be offered at Oasis Center in Lincoln. On February 26 Jim Struebing will present how to design a flower bed with seasonal interest. Classes begin at 1 pm.
Master Gardener training schedule
Master Gardener training classes will be held on Tuesday's from 9am to 4pm, at the Extension office in Springfield. Current master gardener volunteers are welcome to attend for continuing education. Schedule is as follows:
February 6, Orientation and Botany, Jennifer Fishburn and Sandy Mason (MG/ MN cont ed)
February 13, Insects, Kelly Allsup (MG/ MN)
February 20, Soils, Doug Gucker (MG/ MN)
February 27, Turfgrass/ Lawns, Rhonda Ferree
March 6, Vegetables, Jennifer Fishburn
March 13, IPM/ Living with Wildlife, Jennifer Fishburn and Dave Shiley (MG/ MN)
March 20, Annuals & Perennials/ Herbaceous Orn. webinar, Martha Smith & Candice Miller
March 27, Diseases and Diagnosis/ Diane Plewa (MG/ MN)
April 3, Fruits, Elizabeth Wahle
April 10, Woody Ornamentals, Jennifer Fishburn (MG/ MN)
April 17, Putting Knowledge to work, Jennifer Fishburn
Fruit Tree Pruning workshop
University of Illinois Extension is offering a Fruit Tree Pruning workshop. This workshop will be held Saturday, February 17, 10am to Noon, at the U of I Extension building, 700 S. Airport Drive, Springfield.
The workshop will include information on growing and pruning techniques for apple and peach trees. Part of workshop will be held outside, dress for weather conditions.
Pre-register by visiting the Logan-Menard-Sangamon Unit website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/ .
Counts as MG continuing education
The Fruit Dabblers in conjunction with the University of Illinois Logan-Menard-Sangamon Unit will host an Introduction to Grafting Workshop.
The class will be held on Saturday, February 24, from 1 to 4 pm at the Extension Office located at 700 South Airport Drive, Springfield, IL. The fee for the session will be $5.
Pre-registration is required and is on-line via the Logan-Menard-Sangamon website, http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/. Questions, contact the Extension Office at (217) 782-4617. This session will be limited to 30 attendees.
Topics that will be discussed along with hands on demonstration of how to perform several types of grafts: Reasons for Grafting; Techniques of grafts (bud graft, whip graft, bench graft, cleft graft, side graft, stub graft); Time of year different techniques of grafts can be used; What can be grafted and when is the best time to collect scion wood for grafts; How to prepare and store scion wood for subsequent grafting; Tools and supplies needed for grafting and where to find them; Types of root stock; Where to obtain root stock; and Suggested additional reading/reference material.
Logan County Master Gardener meeting
MG education credit
The next Logan County Master Gardener meeting will be held Monday, February 26, at 9 am. Program will be given by Billy Ousley from National Weather Service office.
Learn what you can do to keep your fruit trees productive
To help the public learn more about establishing and maintaining a healthy orchard, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Andrew Holsinger will host an interactive three-part series designed to provide on overview of the care for fruit trees. The Home Orchard Series will be loaded with tips and strategies to help you improve and maintain your backyard orchard.
This three-part series will be held at the University of Illinois Extension, 1120 N Webster St., Taylorville on the third Tuesdays in February, March and April from 10-11:30 a.m. Registration is $15 for the series, sponsored by University of Illinois Extension.
The three sessions will include:
February 20 – Home Orchard Pruning
This workshop will look the key steps in successful tree fruit pruning. Participants will have the opportunity to conduct actual pruning and gain both experience and confidence in pruning fruit trees.
March 20 – Grow Your Own Tree Fruit – Home Orchard Establishment & Basics
Presented by the Andrew Holsinger, this program provides information on managing your backyard fruit trees wisely. Learn the basics of planting fruit trees, including site selection, choice of variety and rootstock, best planting practices, fertilization and ongoing fruit tree care.
April 17 – Home Orchard Pest Management
At this program, you can learn the basics of pest and disease identification and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the home orchard. One of the most challenging aspects of growing your own fruit is knowing how to identify insect pests and diseases.
Participants are encouraged to attend all three sessions, but it is not required; in case of conflicts, handouts will be mailed at the conclusion of the series. Spaces are limited and participants must pre-register at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cjmm or by calling 217.287.7246. Please register by February 15.
MN education credit
Saturday, February 24, from 1 to 4pm, at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary. Instructions on Safe Techniques, Use of Safety Equipment, Feid Demonstration and Practice. RSVP, call Vern LaGesse at 217-525-1410.
Small Farm Winter Webinar Series
Counts as MG continuing education
The listed topics would count as Master Gardener continuing education.
March 8 would count as Master Naturalist continuing education.
University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community. This series will provide practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. These online presentations will give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. The complete list of topics and speakers is included below. Webinars will be held from noon -1:00 pm on Thursdays and are free.
Choose any number of the following webinars to attend when you register.
Feb. 8-Christmas Tree Production and Business Considerations, Dave Shiley, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator
Small farm owners looking for another way to diversify, may see Christmas trees as the perfect winter crop. However production of the winter crop requires labor and chemical inputs throughout the year. This webinar will present production requirements, as well as, business management considerations in Christmas Tree operations.
Mar. 1 -Heavy metals in soils: identifying and acting on contamination, Dr. Andrew Margenot, University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences, College of ACES
This webinar will address an oft-suspected but sometimes under-evaluated risk to (peri)urban agriculture: soil contamination by heavy metals. The causes of heavy metals common in soils and their risks to producers via soil exposure and consumers via consumption of crops will be reviewed. Best practices, resources for identifying potential heavy metal contamination, the interpretation of test results, and management strategies to mitigate heavy metal risks will be discussed.
Mar. 8-Native Pollinators on your Farm, Doug Gucker, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator
Native bees and pollinators are important pollinator for crops and fruits and are well adapted to our Illinois climate. Learn how to: identify common native pollinators, provide pollinator habitat and other pollinator friendly practices for your farm.
Mar. 22-Growing Ginger, Turmeric, and Other Unique Crops, Chris Enroth, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator
Are there markets beyond tomatoes for local growers? During this winter webinar session University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, Chris Enroth, will share his experience growing tropical crops like ginger, turmeric, and other unique vegetables in the Midwest.
The webinars can be accessed on-line from your personal computer. In case you cannot attend these dates, register anyway to view an archived, recorded version. Information will be provided via email (by the Monday after airing) for viewing at your convenience.
Contact your local Extension office for more information about live viewing sites.
For more information, contact: Zack Grant, University of Illinois Extension, Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator at 708-679-6889, email@example.com; or Doug Gucker, University of Illinois Extension, Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator at 217-877-6042, firstname.lastname@example.org When you register, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IS CORRECT.
All About Berries
Counts as MG continuing education
Have you ever wanted to grow your own berries? Fresh home grown berries are a summer treat. It can be rewarding to grow berries in your own garden for your own use or to sell at market. Gardeners can learn about establishing berries in their garden during All About Berries, which is the first seminar in the Get Into Gardening Series for 2018. This seminar will provide an overview of production, weed and insect control, and general management suggestions for growing small fruits such as strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries.
The program will begin at 9 a.m. with an introduction to growing small fruit. This presentation, presented by Andrew Holsginer, will give gardeners the initial steps to establishing berries, including site selection, soil testing, site preparation, variety selection and proper planting techniques. The second presentation, given by Bruce Black, will cover seasonal management strategies including trellising, pruning, irrigation, harvesting berries and post-harvest handling tips. The final presentation, presented by Ken Johnson, will cover pest management. This presentation will cover pests and disease that are commonly encountered in berry plants and how to identify and manage them.
All About Berries will be held on Saturday, February 24, from 9 - noon at the Morgan County Extension Office in Jacksonville (104 N. Westgate Ave.). Registration can be completed on line at: web.extension.illinois.edu/ccgms or by calling the Morgan County Extension office at (217) 243-7424. Registration fee is $10.
For more information on other seminars in the Get Into Gardening Series visit go.illinois.edu/GetIntoGardening.
Four Seasons Gardening Program Offers Winter Series
Counts as MG continuing education
Ornamental Invasive plants and Tree Care counts as MN continuing education
The Winter series of University of Illinois Extension's Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship, home gardening, and backyard food production, gets underway this month.
The first session of the series is titled, The Green Pathway to Invasion: Ornamental Invasive Plants. The program is offered on Tuesday, February 27, at 1:30 p.m. Many of our worst invasive plants actually started as ornamental plants. Join Chris Evans, Forestry Extension and Research Specialist, as he explores why some plants end up becoming invasive, discusses some invaders that are still in the ornamental trade, and gives recommendations on how landowners can influence the surrounding natural landscapes through their planning decisions.
The second session in this series is titled, Tree Care in Urban Soils. Extension Horticulture Educator, Ryan Pankau will discuss tree care and urban soils by exploring the attributes of urban soils in contrast to undisturbed forest soils. Many common impacts to tree health can be related back to the level of disturbance in our urban soils. Ryan will discuss practical ways to diagnose tree symptoms related to soil issues and current tree care techniques that address soils. This program is offered on Tuesday, March 13, at 1:30 p.m.
The winter series concludes with a session titled Keep on Growing: Tips for Extending the Gardening Season. The program is offered on Tuesday, March 27, at 1:30 p.m. Learn how to keep on growing beyond summer, and have fresh vegetables anytime of the year. Join Extension Horticulture Educator, Chris Enroth as he details season extension techniques such as using cold frames and low tunnels to grow fresh produce all year long.
Program will be held at the U of I Extension Buildings, 700 S. Airport Drive, Springfield, and 980 N Postville Drive, Lincoln. To reserve a packet of handouts at one of these locations, pre-register on-line at the Logan-Menard-Sangamon unit website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/ .
Participants also have the option to listen to the webinar from home by registering at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs/4seasons/. For participants who listen to the webinars from home, there is an additional program offered on Thursday evening at 6:30 pm during the same week as the Tuesday session. The presentation will be via computer but will allow live discussion between the instructor and gardeners throughout Illinois. Questions call (217) 782-4617.
Using Cold Frames Program
"COLD Frames" program on March 6, at 5:30 p.m. Master Gardener volunteers will discuss "why garden in a cold frame." A demonstration will also be provided on how to build a cold frame. Program will be held at U of I Extension office, 700 S. Airport Drive, Springfield.
Square Foot Garden Program
"Square Foot Garden" program on March 13, at 5:30 p.m. Master gardener volunteers will discuss the benefits of a square foot garden. A demonstration will also be provided on how to set up a square foot garden. Program will be held at U of I Extension office, 700 S. Airport Drive, Springfield.
Garden Day in Lincoln
The University of Illinois Extension Logan County Master Gardeners will host Russel Allen Garden Day on Saturday, March 10, at the Meyers-Evans Student Center, Lincoln College. Sessions will run from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, with registration from 8 to 8:45 am. The public is invited for this event that will feature various presentations related to gardening, as well as displays by area plant and gardening societies. The day is in honor of Russel Allen a Logan county Master Gardener volunteer alumnus.
Key note speaker Dr. G. Dennis Campbell, will discuss "Monarchs and Mussels and Mammoths- Oh My, A Look Behind the Curtain at Creekside."
University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners volunteers and staff will present: From Herb Pots to Pantry, Carol Mills and Debra Aper; Spring is on the Wing, Deanna Frautschi; Plant a Pollinator Pocket Garden, Jennifer Fishburn and Vince Long; Wren House Hands on Workshop, Bill Budd; and Coleus, Charlotte Talkington. In addition, Greg and Mariah Anderson, from Triple M Farm will present From Food to Flowers.
Pre-registration is highly encouraged. Registration fee is $15 in advance (before March 6) and $18 at the door. To view a brochure and register on-line, visit the U of I Extension Logan-Menard-Sangamon website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/. For additional information call (217) 732-8289.
Mushroom Growing Workshop
March 10, from 1 to 3pm, at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary. Oyseter and shitake mushrooms are easily grown by anyone. Cost is $25 and space is limited. Reserve a spot, call Vern LaGesse at 217-525-1410.
Chicago Flower and Garden Show Bus Trip
Join University of Illinois Extension on a bus trip to explore the Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier on Friday, March 16. Cost is $73 per person covers transportation & admission. The 2018 Chicago Flower & Garden Show will feature display gardens and vignettes showcasing roses, tulips, edibles, small spaces, water features and urban design. Visitors will experience gardens from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Site Design Group, Audubon Great Lakes Society, Women's Journey in Fiber and more, as well as window boxes and Tablescapes by noted designers. Garden Gourmet cooking demonstrations, a public photography competition, Potting Parties and the popular Kids' Activity Garden will return, along with the show's all-new Get Growing Educational Presentation Series, featuring interactive how-to performances, workshops and seminars led by regional and national industry experts and authors.
Trip is being offered by U of I Extension Unit 18 master gardener volunteers.
Depart from U of I Extension office (Carlinville) at 5:30 a.m. Pick up & drop off locations as needed: Farmersville (Jumpin Jimmys) & Auburn (Travel Center). Space is limited! Register before February 13, 2018 by calling (217) 854-9604 or by registering online at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cjmm/
Native Plant Society Central Chapter
Counts as MN continuing education
Thursday, February 8, 2018
The February Central Chapter meeting will take place at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary. The program begins at 6:30 PM and is followed by a brief business meeting. All are welcome! Speaker is Tony Rothering who is a Biology Professor at Lincoln Land Community College where he has been teaching for 20 years. Tony will be discussing the purposes and processes of bird banding and a few of the bird banding efforts sponsored by LLABB, including 1) the continuous-effort banding station at Lincoln Land Community College which has been in operation for 11 migration seasons and 2) a summer banding project that is part of a continent-wide study focusing on breeding birds.
Astronomy Sights, What's Up
The East Central Illinois Master Naturalists are partnering up with Parkland College to present "Astronomy Sights—What's Up?" on February 19, 2018, from 6:30-8 p.m. During this presentation, Dave Leake, direct of the William M. Staerkel Planetarium, will present a range of astronomical topics of interest to those who love nature.
As director of the planetarium, Leake teaches astronomy and physics classes in addition to performing shows for the children who come in on field trips. He is a past president of the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society and of the Great Lakes Planetarium Association, as well as serving as a NASA Solar System Ambassador.
This program will take place at the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland (2400 West Bradley, Champaign). Topics will include current events in the fields of astronomy and physics, as well as what is new at the Planetarium. Leake will also share materials from the last solar eclipse as well as information on what to expect for the next one.
The cost for this event is $5. Pre-registration is required. 1.5 Master Naturalist continuing education hours are available for those who attend the class.
Springfield Civic Garden Club
Counts as MG and MN continuing education
Springfield Civic Garden Club monthly meeting will be Monday, March 5, at 9 am at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 South Walnut St., Springfield. Guests are welcome. Program is "The Get a Bug Address," by Dr. Dennis Campbell, director of Lincoln College outdoor center for environmental education.
Illinois Invasive Species Symposium
Save the date! The fifth annual Illinois Invasive Species Symposium is going to be held on May 24th 9:30am – 4pm at the Champaign County Extension Auditorium.
Join the Macon County Master Gardeners for a unique and fun day of horticulture programs. With 12 classes to choose from, beginning and expert gardeners will find topics of interest.
February 24 | 9am-4pm
Richland Community College
One College Park, Decatur, IL
This year our keynote speaker, Chicago-based author Amanda Thomsen, is sure to have you laughing with delight as she approaches gardening with her light-hearted attitude. Amanda's playful approach, Felco pruners tattoo and signature black-rimmed cat's eye glasses will show you that gardening is an adventure. She will have you looking beyond the norm and embracing the what that makes you who you are.
During our lunch sessions, we are featuring speaker Connor Shaw from Possibility Place in Monee. Conner is a leader in growing Illinois native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. He will have you thinking about how you can successfully incorporate native shrubs into your landscape.
Garden novelties such as plant stakes and garden gloves will be available for purchase to prepare for the spring planting season. Amanda Thomsen's book, Kiss My Aster, will be available for purchase. She will be available to sign books immediately after her presentation until 3pm.
Lunch is included in admission price. You have a choice of a veggie wrap, ham or turkey sandwich. Coffee and tea will be provided. Register at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/dmp/
2018 Gardening Conference
Register at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/
Purdue University Extension and University of Illinois Extension are collaborating to offer the annual Bi-State Gardening Conference, being held at The Beef House Restaurant at 16501 Indiana State Road 63, Covington, Indiana, on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. EST (4:30 p.m. CST), and the presenters will begin at 6:45 p.m. EST, following dinner.
This year's conference will consist of two presentations:
- Facts and Fiction about GMOs, presented by Dr. Peter Goldsbrough, Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue
- Learn How to Plant Natives, presented by Chris Benda, commonly known as "Illinois Botanizer" and past president of the Illinois Native Plant Society
The cost for the program is $20, which includes dinner.
Home, Lawn and Garden Day
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Central Catholic High School, Bloomington
Register at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lmw/
To view workshop descriptions---2018 HLGD Brochure
Home, Lawn and Garden Day welcomes spring with a variety of gardening topics! Your $50 Registration fee includes:
- Keynote speaker, Susan Martin, horticultural marketer, writer, speaker and consultant, will talk on "Gold Standard Perennials" and how to choose the best perennials for your garden.
- Morning Session with U of I Extension State Master Gardener Coordinator, Sandy Mason, "High Impact: Low Work Shrubs for you Flower Garden" planting more perennials for less maintenance
- 3 Time slots (Choose from over 35!)
- 1 Mini-Session with Ella Maxwell, Horticulturist, Hoerr Nursery- Be The First on Your Block: Whats New at the Garden Center for 2018
*Exhibitors will be available throughout the day. Please note that all vendors do not accept credit cards. Space is limited to 300 participants. Registration closes February 22, 2018. For further assistance, contact the U of I Extension- McLean County office at (309) 663-8306.
March 3, 2018
8:30 to 1:30 pm
Event will be held at Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows 442 South Demazenod Drive, Belleville, Illinois. On-line registration available at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/mms
Gateway Green Industry Conference
March 7, 2018
Gateway Convention Center, 1 Gateway Drive, Collinsville, IL
Register at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/mms/
Garden Day workshop and Srping Festival in Danville
Are you ready for spring? The University of Illinois Extension Garden Day Workshop and Spring Festival is coming up soon! For over a decade, local gardeners have celebrated the arrival of spring by attending this yearly event.
Master Gardeners are partnering with Danville Area Community College Saturday, March 10, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the DACC Bremer Conference Center in Danville, IL. The doors open at 8 a.m.
Your $25 admission includes 3 speakers, lunch prepared by the DACC Culinary Arts School and a bag full of goodies.
2 Morning Speakers:
Paul Sermersheim- Vegetable Gardening; The Basics and Beyond
Shane Cultra- What's New in the 2018 Flower Garden?
Keynote Speaker: Kelsay Shaw – How to Landscape Using Native Plants -Gardeners have heard they are easier to care for and better for the environment but how do you create a striking landscape with Native Plants?
Vendors are featuring everything plant lovers enjoy: hand crafted wrought iron garden art, herbal bath salts and lotions, Schuren Nursery succulents, Possibility Place Nursery Native Plants, Walts Acres Raised Beds, International Greenhouse Supply and many others.
Registration for Garden Day Workshop will be limited and no spots will be held until payment is received. Register at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/
Gardeners Day in Jacksonville
The 2018 Calhoun, Cass, Greene, Morgan & Scott County Gardener's Day will be Saturday, March 24 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Morgan County Extension Office, 104 N Westgate Ave., Jacksonville. Register at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ccgms/
Morning (9am – noon) $5 registration:
- Critter Control- Moles, voles, rabbits…..nature is great when they're not eating your flowers or making a mess of your lawn or house. Extension Educator Duane Friend will discuss how to manage critters so their damage is stopped or minimized.
- Invasive Plants -Learn to identify common invasive species of plants and species of concern, and explore some suitable alternatives for your landscape.
- Pruning Trees and Shrubs- Pruning is an important task in our landscapes that is often overlooked. Learn the basics of pruning from why you should, to how to go about doing it.
Lunch with the MGs (noon – 1 pm)
Afternoon (1pm – 3pm) $10 registration:
- Kokedama- Kokedama, or poor man's bonsai, is a method of container gardening. Also known as string gardening, you will learn how to, and get the chance to create your own floating flower ball.
U of I Extension office, 700 S. Airport Drive, Springfield, is denoted by Spfld.
U of I Extension office, 980 N. Postville Drive, Lincoln is denoted by Lincoln
Feburary 5- Herb Garden committee, 9 am, Spfld (VOL)
Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17- Master Gardener training
February 6- Master gardener training, Botany, 9am to 4pm Spfld (EDU)
February 7- Children's Garden Committee, 10 am, Spfld (VOL)
February 9- Master Naturalist planning, 1:30 pm, Lincoln
February 12- Perennial garden committee meeting, 9 am, Spfld (VOL)
February 13- Master gardener training, Insects, 9am to 4pm Spfld (EDU)
February 14- Horticulture Advisory meeting, 12:00 (VOL)
February 14- Native Wildflower committee, 12:30 pm, at LMG (VOL)
February 15- Dana Thomas House committee, 1:30 pm, Spfdl (VOL)
Feburary 15- Idea garden committee, 5:30 pm, Spfld (VOL)
February 17- Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop, 10 am, Spfld (EDU)
February 19- Small Fruits & Veg demonstration garden committee, 9:30am, Spfld (VOL)
February 20- Master gardener training, Soils, 9am to 4pm Spfld (EDU)
February 21- Praieis to Perennials committee, 9 am, Spfld (VOL)
February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29- Introduction to Beekeeping
February 24- Grafting Workshop, 1 to 4 pm, Spfld (EDU)
February 26- Logan county master gardener meeting, 9am, Lincoln (VOL & EDU)
February 26- How to Design a flower Bed, 1 pm, Oasis Center, Lincoln (EDU)
February 27- Master gardener training, Turfgrass/ Lawns, 9am to 4pm Spfld (EDU)
February 28- State MG conference planning meeting, 3pm, Spfld (VOL)
March 5- Children's Garden Committee, 10 am, Spfld (VOL)
March 6- Master gardener training, vegetables, 9am to 4pm Spfld (EDU)
March 6- Using cold Frames, 5:30 pm (EDU)
March 7- Children's Garden Committee, 9 am, Spfld (VOL)
March 10- Russel Allen Garden Day
March 12- Herb Garden committee, 9 am, Spfld (VOL)
March 12- Perennial Garden committee, 9 am, Spfld (VOL)
March 13- Square Foot Garden, 5:30 pm (EDU)
March 14- Plant a Row committee, 9 am, Spfld (VOL)
March 19- Small Fruits & Veg demonstration garden committee, 9:30am, Spfld (VOL)
April 27 & 28- Herb Plant Sale, 9 am - 1 pm, Extension office in Springfield
Work Volunteers needed April 25 – 28
June 8 & 9- Garden Shed Sale, 9 am - 1 pm, Extension office in Springfield
Work Volunteers needed June 4-9