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Montgomery County
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Hillsboro, IL 62049
Phone: 217-532-3941
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Christian County
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Taylorville, IL 62568
Phone: 217-287-7246
FAX: 217-287-7248
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Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-2913
FAX: 618-498-5913
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Macoupin County
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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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Macoupin County Master Gardeners to Host Missouri Botanical Gardens & Soulard Market Bus Trip

University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 and the Macoupin County Master Gardeners are hosting a bus trip to the Missouri Botanical Gardens and Soulard Market in St. Louis on Friday, June 10, 2016. The pre‐paid registration fee of $30 covers round‐trip transportation to Soulard Market and the Missouri Botanical Gardens (admission price not included - $8.00).  RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY MONDAY, MAY 9th by calling (217) 854-9604, or by registering on-line at: .


Participants will ride in style in a Premier motor coach from Carlinville/Gillespie to the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis. The bus will leave Carlinville at 7:15 am / Gillespie at 7:30 am, arriving at the Soulard Market at 8:30 am.  Then on to the Missouri Botanical Gardens at approximately 10:15 am. The bus will depart from the gardens at 3:30 pm for a 4:45 pm arrival in Gillespie / 5:00 pm arrival in Carlinville.


The Missouri Botanical Garden began not as an adornment to an estate, but as a public botanical garden, a place to study and display plants. Today the Garden serves as an oasis in the middle of the city: houses and apartments—some palatial, some practical—vie for space with businesses in the area between the Garden and a highway to its north and a park to its south. The Garden and Tower Grove Park honor their founder Henry Shaw. Local parlance still refers to “Shaw’s Garden” over a hundred years after Shaw died, bequeathing his Garden to the public.


Participants will enjoy the Soulard Market as an added bonus, which features locally grown and shipped goods, including produce, meats, cheeses, spices, gourmet kettle corn, flowers, baked goods, and general merchandise.


The trip will take place rain or shine. Registration fee is non‐refundable unless the event is canceled.


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,