Contact Us

Michelle Berg Vogel
Program Coordinator, Ag and Natural Resources
University of Illinois Extension
818 S. Park, P.O. Box 366
Hardin, IL 62047
Phone: 618-653-4687
FAX: 618-576-8013

Ken Johnson
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
104 N Westgate Ave
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Phone: 217-243-7424
FAX: 217-243-1544

Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners

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Unit 15 Master Gardeners Recognized

Master Gardeners Recognized for their Years of Service

Five University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners received years of service pins. Carolyn McCarry and Linda Sullivan from Greene County received 10 year pins. Since their initial Master Gardener training in 2000, Carolyn and Linda have each worked more than 350 hours. Their activities have included newsletters articles, education at farmers markets, work in the gardens at historical houses, and more.

Lois Freeman, Janet Mitchel, and Anita Moody from Morgan County each received five year pins. Janet and Lois have worked extensively to beautify public spaces around their communities. Anita recently moved to Morgan County from Boone County and is anxious to begin work here. While in Boone County, Anita worked the gardening "help-line," answering various homeowner gardening questions and hopes to continue that service here.

Since 1997, Master Gardeners from the University of Illinois Extension Unit covering Calhoun, Cass, Greene, Morgan, and Scott counties have volunteered more than 6,000 hours. In dollars, these wonderful volunteers have provided local residents with over $125,000 worth of educational services (using an estimated dollar value of volunteer time of $20.85 per hour as calculated by Independent Sector).Wow!

Obviously, the Master Gardener volunteer program is a very successful University of Illinois Extension horticulture program. Master Gardeners receive 40 hours of training in various topics. In return, they must volunteer 60 hours back to University of Illinois Extension within 2 years by "Helping Others Learn to Grow."

Current active Master Gardeners include Annette Kilver, Glenna Wright, Linda Sullivan, Carolyn McCarry, and Dorothy Brooks. To maintain their active status, they volunteer 30 hours per year and do 10 hours of continuing education.

Are you interested in becoming a University of Illinois Master Gardener? Quarterly Master Gardener meetings are open to the public and include a tour or training topic. The most recent meeting included training on how to propagate houseplants.

Consider joining the fun at an upcoming Master Gardener meeting. Contact our office to receive announcements about future events and meetings by calling 217-243-7424 or emailing Michelle Berg-Vogel, Program Coordinator at