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Master Gardeners lead the effort for a community garden at Sherman Hospital.

Kane County Master Gardeners Lead Community Gardening Efforts at Sherman Hospital

Posted by Monica David -
The Sherman Hospital Community Gardens were built in 2011 to improve the health and eating habits of hospital employees, volunteers and guests. The season begins with a spring kick-off where Master Gardeners teach others about gardening basics and informational booths are set up to give information on mulch and maximizing garden space. Once the planting season begins, monthly newsletters are wr...

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Vermilion County Master Gardeners Create A Discovery Garden

Posted by Monica David -
The Discovery garden is a partnership between Master Gardeners, the city of Danville and many other community organizations to create a garden on the site where Douglas School was demolished. The presence of poor soil resulted in the construction of berms and raised beds. The site has limited water and so drought hardy plants were chosen. Donations and grant money came in slowly but the group h...

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Youth at the Eng Farm learn about ladybugs.
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DeKalb County Master Gardeners Teach Others to Garden at the Sycamore History Museum

Posted by Monica David -
The five acre Engh farm is owned by the city of Sycamore in DeKalb County Illinois and was a working farm until 8 years ago. This project is a collaboration between the museum board, the city, Master Gardeners and other volunteers. Multiple donations make this project work- including a local farmer who moved stones in, donation of a greenhouse from the old hospital and donation of a tractor fro...

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Children prepare to plant at zoo garden.
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Master Gardeners Create a Children's Garden at the Henson Robinson Zoo

Posted by Monica David -
The Master Gardeners of Sangamon- Menard counties are educating youth about gardening at the Henson Robinson Zoo.The goal of the Zoo garden is to nurture the imagination and curiosity of children through creative exploration. With an annual attendance of 85,000 to the zoo, this garden provides a living laboratory for nature study. The garden incorporates themed areas and educational activities. Ph...

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Lee County Master Gardener Three Sisters Garden.

Lee County Master Gardeners Three Sisters Garden

Posted by Monica David -
The Plum Creek Arboretum was the site for the Lee County Master Gardener's Three Sisters Garden. The garden was planted in the spring of 2013 by the Master Gardener's, beginning with the corn seeds. The beans and squash were added later. Signs were posted with information on the history of the Three Sisters Garden, information on the plants, and information on how the plants sustain each other....

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Clients help deadhead roses at InTouch
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Intouch Enabling Garden Offers Hands-on Gardening for Clients In Quad Cities

Posted by Monica David -
Intouch Adult Day Service, one of the largest adult daycares in Illinois, is located in Moline. It provides services to the counties of Rock Island, Mercer and Henry in Illinois and Scott in Iowa. Intouch provides a variety of services and programs to meet their clients' needs, including social activities, meals, general assistance and supervision for those who need it, and, of course, Garden C...

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Planting day for Schuyler County youth gardeners.
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Schuyler County Junior Master Gardeners Learn about Gardening

Posted by Monica David -
Worms, fairy gardens, a butterfly habitat, stepping stones and living tunnels were used to WOW a new group of Junior Master Gardeners in Schuyler County. Master Gardeners met in the Community Garden with 14 youth for six weekly sessions. The Master Gardener Mini Grant was used to purchase worms for vermicomposting, WOW seeds (including swan gourds, wee bee little pumpkins, yard long beans, sunf...

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