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University of Illinois Extension serving Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper Counties

Effingham County
1209 Wenthe Drive
Effingham, IL 62401
Phone: 217-347-7773
FAX: 217-347-7775
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Clay County
223 W Railroad St
Flora, IL 62839
Phone: 618-662-3124
FAX: 618-662-3191
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Fayette County
118 N. Sixth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
Phone: 618-283-2753
FAX: 618-283-4932
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Jasper County
1401 Clayton
Newton, IL 62448
Phone: 618-783-2521
FAX: 618-783-2232
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Upcoming Events

Master Gardener Training

January 24 - April 11, 2017

University of Illinois Extension is accepting applications for the 2017 Master Gardener training session.� The Illinois Master Gardener program educates people about environmentally sound horticulture and gardening practices through a network of volunteers trained and managed by University of Illinois Extension faculty and staff.

The 2017 Illinois University of Illinois Extension�s Master Gardener program will be offered for 11 consecutive weeks starting on Jan. 24.�Training in Effingham will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays for a webinar presentation method at the University of Illinois Extension office in�Effingham.

The training process starts with an individual submitting an application. Following a background screening, a candidate may be accepted into the training program.

Master Gardener volunteers work on behalf of and under the supervision of University of Illinois Extension. They volunteer in their local county and throughout the community on various projects involving parks, schools, gardening, or with other agencies.

Classroom training is $150.� All trainees will receive a copy of the Illinois Master Gardener manual.� Download an application from or request a form by calling 217-347-7773.� Applications are due on January 16, 2016.

Dates, topic and presenter information:

January 24 � Botany/Orientation � Martha Smith/Andrew Holsinger - Webinar

January 31 � Insects � Phil Nixon - Webinar

February 7 � Woody Ornamentals � Andrew Holsinger

February 14 � Soils � Duane Friend - Webinar

February 21 � Herbaceous Ornamentals � Martha Smith and Candice Miller - Webinar

February 28 � Turfgrass/Lawns � Chris Enroth/David Robson - Webinar

March 7 � Plant Pathology � Richard Hentschel/Ken Johnson

March 14 � Landscaping/Weeds � Andrew Holsinger

March 21 � Vegetables � Elizabeth Wahle/Bruce Black/Jennifer Fishburn - Webinar

March 28 � Fruit � Elizabeth Wahle/Bruce Black/Andrew Holsinger - Webinar

April 4 � Integrated Pest Management (IPM)/Plant Propagation � Andrew Holsinger

April 11 - Graduation

The training runs from 9 am to 4 pm. Those interested in the Master Gardener training can get more information by calling 217-347-7773 or online at:�

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