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Brittnay Haag
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
1615 Commerce Parkway
Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone: 309-663-8306
FAX: 309-663-8270
bhaag@illinois.edu

Kelly Allsup
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
1615 Commerce Parkway
Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone: 309-663-8306
FAX: 309-663-8270
kallsup@illinois.edu

McLean County Master Gardeners

McLean County Master Gardeners

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McLean County Master Gardener Community Projects

Adopt-a-Pot

Adopt-a-Pot is program intended to beautify the urban landscape, in cooperation with the city of Bloomington. The town provides large concrete pots filled with soils, which are located downtown on every street corner surrounding the courthouse square, as well as several surrounding blocks. The pots are then "adopted" by local businesses, organizations, and individuals, planted with flowers and cared for during the growing season.

Community Cancer Center

The Community Cancer Center (CCC) Butterfly garden was started in 1999 by CCC volunteers to provide a more pleasant environment for cancer patients while getting their treatments. The garden also benefits patients' family members. The Master Gardeners started working at the garden in 2008, providing guidance on plant selection and assisting with the planting and maintenance of the garden.

Friendship Garden

This garden is a weekly meeting place at Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington for adults with developmental disabilities. Master Gardeners contribute to the program, titled Friends First, by providing educational programs and by assisting the participants in the design and care of the flower and herb garden.

Homes of Hope

This program is a project serving disabled adults. Two vegetable gardens will be developed at the clients' homes on Sper Drive and Robinwood Lane in Normal. Clients will be involved in both planting and maintaining the gardens. Susan Mendehall is the chair.

Irvin Gardens

This program began in the summer of 2011, and benefits adults with developmental disabilities living at Irvin Apartments through a program sponsored and staffed by HUD and Marcfirst. The gardens include flowers, vegetables and herbs grown in raised beds, containers and other landscaped areas. Master Gardeners assist the residents in planting and maintaining the gardens, and provide educational assistance as needed.

Lincoln College Garden

This club, "Goin' Green", was established by the college in the fall of 2010. The goal was to advocate for a sustainable lifestyle for students and to include the surrounding low-income community. Master Gardeners serve as consultants and educators as the need arises.

Mayor's Manor

Mayor's Manor is an apartment complex sponsored by Community Action. Master Gardeners were invited to become involved to provide plants and design for their landscaping, and have worked with the residents to maintain the gardens. Educational classes are provided as the need arises. This program has also won a number of awards.

Sarah's Garden

This a rare historical garden located at the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington. The garden, planted by Sarah Davis in 1872, is in the original location, and contains many plants over 140 years old. In addition to the restoration and maintenance of the garden, Master Gardeners give tours, present educational programs, research the history and cultivation of the plants and document all garden activities and events. The program has also won several awards.