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Ryan Pankau
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
801 North Country Fair Drive
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Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217-333-7672
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Champaign County Master Gardeners

Champaign County Master Gardeners

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This evening's Champaign County Master Gardener program, Tues., Oct. 23, Preparing the Ornamental Garden for Winter has been cancelled due to illness. 

The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program teaches adult volunteers to disseminate horticulture information to the community and home gardeners. Master Gardeners mission is “Helping Others Learn to Grow.” Master Gardeners encourage home gardeners to improve quality of life with environmentally sound gardening techniques, fruit and vegetable production, and horticulture therapy through aesthetically pleasing environments.

Since 1992, over 400 Champaign County residents have completed Master Gardener training and contribute 17,000 hours/year to the community.

Anyone can become a Master Gardener. Master Gardener volunteers have a sincere desire to learn and share home horticulture information, have practical experience or knowledge of gardening, and want to positively impact the community. Volunteers do need to complete the education and volunteer requirements and agree for a background screening. Keep reading to learn more about becoming a Master Gardener in Champaign County!

Master Gardeners in Champaign County have community gardens at the following locations:

    • Crisis Nursery, Urbana
    • Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana
    • Juvenile Detention Center, Urbana
    • Prosperity Gardens, Champaign
    • Idea Garden, Urbana

    Champaign County Master Gardener Project Sites Map