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University of Illinois Extension serving Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam Counties

LaSalle County
815 North Orlando Smith Road
Room C223
Oglesby, IL 61348
Phone: 815- 224-0889
Email: uie-blmp@illinois.edu
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Bureau County
850 Thompson St,
Becker Professional Suites,
Princeton, IL 61356
Phone: 815-875-2878
FAX: 815-875-2870
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

LaSalle County
1689 North 31st Road,
Suite 2
Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: 815-433-0707
FAX: 815-433-5454
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Marshall-Putnam County
509 Front Street,
Suite 4
Henry, IL 61537
Phone: 309-364-2356
FAX: 309-364-2804
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Master Gardeners Bureau County

Master Gardeners Bureau County

The Illinois Master Gardener program, started in Illinois in 1975, is an educational, volunteer program offered by University of Illinois Extension. Master Gardeners are a group of volunteers trained by University of Illinois Extension educators to provide a network of gardening programs and horticultural activities to educate the public and enhance life in their communities. The mission of the Illinois Master Gardener program is : "Helping Others Learn to Grow".

Bureau County individuals who have an interest in learning more about gardening and would like to share their experience with their local communities are invited to join our Bureau County Master Gardener Program.

Master Gardeners are utilized to help answer questions from local residents and participate in several community service projects scheduled throughout the year. Individuals who complete this training are asked to donate 66 hours of community service to fulfill the obligations of the Master Gardener Program. Bureau County Master Gardeners also contribute articles for the multi-county, bi-monthly Master Gardener newsletter, "From the Garden".

The objectives of the Master Gardener program are:

1. To expand the capacity of University of Illinois Extension to distribute horticultural information to individuals and groups in local communities.

2. To develop and enhance community programs related to horticulture. These programs are educational in nature and may involve environmental improvements, horticultural therapy objects, community and school gardening projects, or other programs determined by local need.

  • 2018 Master Gardener Speakers Bureau Webinar Trainings PDF

  • 2018 Online Master Gardener Training PDF

  • Community Garden Webinar Series
    There is a good amount of planning that needs to go into creating a successful community garden. To help people and organizations build and maintain productive community gardens University of Illinois Extension created the Community Garden Webinar Series. This series takes users through a variety of modules discussing the different steps that can be taken to develop a successful community garden. Community gardens are started for a variety of reasons and provide numerous benefits to a community. They provide food to locations suffering from food insecurity, allow citizens to grow their food, beautify an abandoned lot, and much more. Research has shown that people who participate in community gardens eat more fruits and vegetables. The Community Garden webinar series is broken up into six modules. • The first module goes through the steps needed to create a successful community garden. • The second module discusses how you can go about planning your garden and different techniques that are used to plant gardens. • The third module discusses different types of vegetables that are commonly grown in gardens and the basics on how to grow them. • The fourth module discusses how to successfully start plants indoors from seeds for use later in the garden. • The fifth module discusses basic community garden care, including watering, fertilizing, pest control considerations, and more. • The sixth and final module discusses gardening safety and some of the considerations needed to make sure community gardens are safe and enjoyable for all.

  • IL Master Gardener
    The site is a comprehensive clearinghouse for news and updates, the Imagine newsletter, training schedules, educational events, and program information.