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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

Heirloom Seed Gardening and Historic Sites Program in Taylorville IL

The Illinois State Historical Society and the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners of Christian County are partnering to provide a program about gardening with heritage and heirloom seeds at historic sites and in your own garden.

Heritage gardens are a popular way to engage historic site visitors with history. Sites such as the Lincoln Home National Park, Lincoln’s New Salem, and the Pierre Menard Home in Southern Illinois find that people enjoy experiencing the everyday life of our American ancestors through activities like growing and cooking their own food. Children and adults alike come and experience the connection to gardening and saving seeds to make sure that the garden will grow again next year.

Have you ever thought about gardening with the seeds and plants people used in the past to grow food? “Heirloom Seed Gardening and Historic Sites” is a program that will share information on the diversity and importance of the heirloom seed bank, how this type of gardening works in action at the Dean Home Garden on the grounds of the Lincoln Home National Park Site, and some practical advice on saving seeds and starting your garden with them.

The ISHS is glad to provide this practical view on history for attendees. We welcome our partners in this endeavor. On the agenda is a presentation on the hidden treasures of heirloom gardening by Master Gardener Gwen Podeschi; a discussion about the experiences of the volunteers at the Dean Home Garden presented by the Chair of the Dean Home Garden, Diane Grottola; advice and help on collecting and storing seed from Matt and Debbie Daniels of the Bear Creek Farm in Palmer; and a presentation by Master Gardener Emeritus Ed Reese on the process of starting that seed the next year. Attendees will also learn about the ISHS Bicentennial “Johnny Appleseed” trees being offered for sale by the Society.

The program is free and open to the public and will be held at the Christian County Extension Office Auditorium on Thursday, August 10, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please call (217) 525-2781 or (217) 287-7246 to register. Walk-ins are welcome.

University of Illinois Extension provides practical education that help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. For more information visit the Unit 18 website at or contact your local Extension office.

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.