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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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A New Crop of Macoupin County Master Gardeners’ Graduate

CARLINVILLE, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension in Macoupin County is pleased to announce that Larry Gillespie, Deb Lash, Crissy Linhart, Paul Mihalek, Kathy Slater, and Sandra Stoecker have completed their Master Gardeners training. Master Gardeners participate in more than 60 hours of training taught by U of I specialists and Extension educators.

Upon completion of training, participants becomes a Master Gardener Intern and each will contribute 60 hours of volunteer service within a two-year time period to become an active Master Gardener. To maintain active Master Gardener status, volunteers must obtain a minimum of 10 hours of continuing education and volunteer 30 hours of community service per year at a recognized Master Gardener project.

Master Gardeners involve people in improving the quality of life by helping them find sound management practices for home and urban natural resources, by creating aesthetically pleasing environments, by promoting well-being through people-plant interactions and horticultural therapy, and by contributing to a safe, abundant food supply through home fruit and vegetable production.

The Master Gardener program is an all-volunteer organization made up of adults of all ages who love gardening and who have previous gardening experience. Anyone interested in becoming a Master Gardener is encouraged to contact Andrew Holsinger by calling 217-532-3941, or emailing

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.


Photo: (L to R) Crissy Linhart, Kathy Slater, Deb Lash, Paul Mihalek, Sandra Stoecker , not pictured Larry Gillespie.


Local Contact: Andrew Holsinger, Extension Educator, Horticulture,