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

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

Christian County
1120 N Webster St.
Taylorville, IL 62568
Phone: 217-287-7246
FAX: 217-287-7248
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 11:30 am; 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

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; 1 pm to 4 pm and Thursday 8 am to 12 pm

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

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Natural Landscapes Symposium to Focus on Pollinators

University of Illinois Extension is now taking registrations for its 4th annual Natural Landscapes Symposium. Spring is around the corner, and it’s time to prepare with one of central Illinois’ premiere gardening events:  Natural Landscapes Symposium on Saturday, April 23 at 8 a.m. – noon at the Montgomery County Extension office, #1 Industrial Park Dr. in Hillsboro, IL.


Organized by University of Illinois Extension and Master Gardeners from Christian, Jersey, Montgomery and Macoupin Counties, this year’s symposium is all about pollinators and creating natural spaces that are attractive and friendly to them. 


Speakers Include:


Monarch Madness - Chris Enroth, Extension Educator, Horticulture, University of Illinois Extension. Explore the fascinating life of a Monarch butterfly.  During this exciting presentation participants will explore the stages of development of the Monarch and how to raise their own brood of this grand North American species.


Gardening for Bees - Ken Johnson, Extension Educator, Horticulture, University of Illinois Extension. The plight of bees and other pollinators has been a hot topic in the last few years.  Learn about the lives of bees, as well as how to make your landscape both attractive and friendly to them.


Native Plants for Pollinators - Andrew Holsinger, Extension Educator, Horticulture, University of Illinois Extension. Learn about some great native plants that support pollinators in home landscapes.  This talk focuses on native perennials and shrubs that provide nectar and pollen throughout the growing season, host plants for butterfly and moth caterpillars to feed on, and grasses and other cover plants that provide habitat.


There is a registration fee of $10.  All registrations must be in advance no later than April 19, 2016.  Register online at U of I Extension’s website: (Go to our website, then go to the right hand column to “Register Online” then click on this event.) or call (217) 532-3941. Register now as space is limited.

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. Universidad de Illinois ofrece igualdad de oportunidades en programas y empleo. Si usted necesita un ajuste razonable para participar en este programa, por favor póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina.


Local Contact: Andrew Holsinger, Extension Educator, Horticulture,