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University of Illinois Extension serving Christian, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery Counties

Main Office (Montgomery County)
#1 Industrial Park Dr.
Hillsboro, IL 62049
Phone: 217-532-3941
FAX: 217-532-3944
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 12 pm, 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Branch Office (Christian County)
1120 N Webster St.
Taylorville, IL 62568
Phone: 217-287-7246
FAX: 217-287-7248
Hours: Monday - Friday 8am to 11:30am, 12:30pm to 4.30pm

Branch Office (Jersey County)
201 W. Exchange St.
Suite A
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-2913
FAX: 618-498-5913
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 8 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4:30 pm and Thursday 8 am to 12 pm

Branch Office (Macoupin County)
#60 Carlinville Plaza
Carlinville, IL 62626
Phone: 217-854-9604
FAX: 217-854-7804
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

News Release

Extension to Host Free Gardening Programs in February and March

The winter series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship and backyard food production, will be underway again soon.


Sessions include:


Super Sempervivums, to be held February 3 at 1:30 p.m. and again on February 5 at 6:30 p.m.  Semervivums, also called houseleeks, liveforever or hens & chicks are a colorful perennial succulents that is surging in popularity. They are easy to grow and can be used in containers, baskets, living wreaths and simply planted in the garden.  Martha Smith, Horticulture Educator, University of Illinois Extension will introduce you to this interesting group of plants and their close relatives.


Beekeeping for the Backyard Gardener, to be held February 17 at 1:30 p.m. and again on February 19 at 6:30 p.m.  Beekeeping is a growing and rewarding hobby that can be enjoyed by most backyard gardeners.  Join Jennifer Fishburn, Horticulture Educator, as she discusses “Beekeeping for the Backyard Gardener.’’ Jennifer will discuss basics of starting a backyard colony, understanding honeybees and hive management.


The Edible Indoor Garden, to be held March 3 at 1:30 p.m. and again on March 5 at 6:30 p.m.  Gardening is not limited to outside in the summer. Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator, University of Illinois Extension, will show you how to grow your own fresh herbs, salad greens, and more any time of the year.


Each program is offered on two different dates and times, so that participants may choose the one that is most convenient. All sessions will be presented via computer at the Montgomery County Extension office located at #1 Industrial Park Dr., Hillsboro, IL. 

Also, participants will now be able to take the classes on-line, from their home computers. Visit the Extension website for information on registering for the on-line version of the classes.

The programs are free, however advance registration is required.  Anyone interested in participating is asked to contact the Montgomery County Extension office by calling 217-532-3941, or emailing, or they can register on-line at:  Once on the site, go to the “Register Online” area at the right hand side and click on the event.

     University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact our office.



Local Contact: Andrew Holsinger, Extension Educator, Horticulture,