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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 8am to 11:30am, 12:30pm to 4.30pm

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

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

Home Orchard Series Offered in Taylorville

TAYLORVILLE - To help the public learn more about establishing and maintaining a healthy orchard, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Andrew Holsinger will host an interactive three-part series designed to provide on overview of the care for fruit trees. The Home Orchard Series will be loaded with tips and strategies to help you improve and maintain your backyard orchard.

This three-part series will be held at the University of Illinois Extension (1120 N Webster St., Taylorville) on the third Tuesdays in February, March and April from 10-11:30 a.m. Registration is $15 for the series, sponsored by University of Illinois Extension.

The three sessions will include:

February 20 - Home Orchard Pruning

This workshop will look the key steps in successful tree fruit pruning.  Participants will have the opportunity to conduct actual pruning and gain both experience and confidence in pruning fruit trees.

March 20 - Grow Your Own Tree Fruit - Home Orchard Establishment & Basics

Presented by the Andrew Holsinger, this program provides information on managing your backyard fruit trees wisely. Learn the basics of planting fruit trees, including site selection, choice of variety and rootstock, best planting practices, fertilization and ongoing fruit tree care.

April 17 – Home Orchard Pest Management

At this program, you can learn the basics of pest and disease identification and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the home orchard. One of the most challenging aspects of growing your own fruit is knowing how to identify insect pests and diseases.

Participants are encouraged to attend all three sessions, but it is not required; in case of conflicts, handouts will be mailed at the conclusion of the series. Spaces are limited and participants must pre-register at or by calling 217.287.7246. Please register by February 15.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please call the Extension 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.


 University of Illinois * U.S. Dept. of Agriculture * Local Extension Councils Cooperating

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

Source: Andrew Holsinger, Extension Educator, Horticulture,