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Mary Nelson
Program Coordinator, Ag and Natural Resources - Whiteside County
University of Illinois Extension
12923 Lawrence Road
Sterling, IL 61081
Phone: 815-632-3611
FAX: 815-716-8922

Whiteside County Master Gardeners

Whiteside County Master Gardeners

Who We Are

The Master Gardener program is an all-volunteer organization found in all 50 states and three Canadian provinces. The program provides avid gardeners with many hours of extensive horticultural training. In return, participants volunteer through local extension offices by answering homeowner's horticulture questions, coordinating garden-based workshops and trainings, and fostering community relationships through school and community gardening projects.

Master Gardeners in Whiteside County

The Master Gardeners of Whiteside County are passionate about gardening and even more passionate about investing in their communities.

Master Gardeners in-training work the homeowner hotline answering questions related to vegetable and flower gardening, pest control, tree and shrub selection, and more.

The Master Gardeners network with community garden clubs, other organizations and neighboring counties to provide educational opportunities for gardeners of all ages – amateur to "master".

The Youth Garden Summer Club is an annual event co-sponsored by the Master Gardeners. Each summer, area youth gather to plant and care for three gardens. Not only does this provide youth with a unique summer project, but it teaches responsibility, environmental stewardship and proper health and nutrition.

In addition, Master Gardeners host a fundraising event - the annual Plant Sale.

Office Hours

Mondays and Wednesdays
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
April 1 through September 30

Contact Us

(815) 632-3611