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Ryan Pankau
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
801 North Country Fair Drive
Suite D
Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217-333-7672
FAX: 217-333-7683

Jenney Hanrahan
Program Coordinator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
3164 North Vermilion
Danville, IL 61832
Phone: 217-442-8615
FAX: 217-442-8628

Vermilion County Master Gardeners

Vermilion County Master Gardeners

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What Is the Master Gardener Program?

The Master Gardener program originated in the University Extension Center of Seattle, Washington in 1972. With a rising interest in home gardening, the Extension staff trained local gardeners as volunteers to help answer the public's horticultural questions. The program has grown to exist in all 50 states and six Canadian provinces. Illinois' program started in 1975 and reaches nearly every county in the state.

A Master Gardener program was started in Vermilion County in 1992. Its volunteers work to bring horticultural information, which is based on University of Illinois research, to the gardening public.

By organizing and volunteering in garden-related projects, Master Gardeners increase the public's understanding of gardening and enhance the beauty of Vermilion County. In 201, VCMG's volunteered almost 8,000 hours in the community!

Please contact our Danville office if you would like more information on the Master Gardener program. 217-442-8615

To fill out an application follow this link: 

Master Gardeners in Vermilion County -Danville IL and have community gardens at the following locations:

  • Atwood House Garden
  • Kennekuk Herb Garden
  • VA Greenhouse: VA Illiana Health Care System
  • VA Healing Garden
  • Danville Public Library Children’s Wonder Garden
  • Douglas Discovery Garden, Douglas Park

Vermilion County Master Gardener Project Sites Map