Extension Professional Staff
State Master Gardener Coordinator
801 North Country Fair Drive
Champaign, IL 61821
Expert in: general home horticulture, home vegetable gardening, herbaceous ornamentals (flowers), woody ornamentals (trees and shrubs), general insects and diseases
Sandra Mason is a unit-based horticulture educator with University of Illinois Extension. She provides leadership and expertise in horticulture and environmental programs in Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion counties. Mason has a B.S. (with honors) in horticulture and a M.S. degree in agricultural education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She held a wide variety horticultural positions before joining Extension.
Mason uses her expertise in horticulture (flowers, houseplants, vegetables, fruits,lawns, trees and shrubs) to supply answers to questions and educate the public through workshops and other educational programs. She trains and assists in coordinating the Master Gardeners who can then also provide expertise and educational programs to the public. The Idea Garden on South Lincoln Avenue in Urbana is just one example. Mason also provides expertise in composting and landscape waste issues, integrated pest management, and proper pesticide use.
Mason appears on a call-in program on a monthly basis for the WILL radio program Focus 580. She can be heard the second Tuesday of the month from 10-11am. Mason is a regular panelist on the WILL television program Illinois Gardener. It airs Thursdays at 7:00 pm. Mason hosts the "In the Garden" segment of WCIA TV's The Morning Show each Thursday at 6:50 am and 7:25 am. Past programs are availabe for viewing.She also periodically appears on other radio and television stations in the county. In addition, she writes the weekly Homeowner's Column for the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette.
Mason's professional affiliations are the American Horticultural Society, the American Society of Horticultural Science and the Extension Association of Illinois.