Contact Us

Nancy Kreith
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
4747 Lincoln Mall Drive
Suite 601
Matteson, IL 60443
Phone: 708-679-6889
FAX: 708-679-6855

Gemini Bhalsod
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
1114 N. Arlington Heights Road
Suite 201
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Phone: 847-201-4176
FAX: 847-201-4175



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Welcome to Four Seasons Gardening - Skype for Business Webinar Series offered by Illinois Extension Horticulture Team. Live webinars will be offered three times per season on select Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. CDT. Each program will be recorded and uploaded to Illinois Extension Horticulture YouTube website here. To allow time for closed captioning, please check the YouTube channel 30 days after the scheduled program. At the link above, you will also find educational programs from 2014 - 2018. 

2019 program schedule is listed below and includes a wonderful line-up. Webinars are free but, you must register. Register by clicking on the appropriate title to the right. Each webinar has a separate registration page. Once you register, you will receive an email with more details. Illinois Extension will not share your email address with outside entities.

2019 Winter - Four Seasons Gardening Webinar Series

Live Webinar - Pruning Deciduous Shrubs – March 19, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. CDT (via Skype for Business)

Good pruning habits will enhance spring bloom show of any flowering shrub in the home landscape. Proper pruning techniques will also provide health benefits to the shrub. Properly pruned, insect and disease problems will lessen all while retaining a natural look. Join Richard Hentschel, Horticulture Educator, to learn about the three most common ways to prune flowering and non-flowering deciduous shrubs in your yard.

2019 Spring - Four Seasons Gardening Webinar Series

Live Webinar – Gardening with Culinary Herbs – April 2, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. CDT (via Skype for Business)

Gardening with culinary herbs is a great way to add interest and fragrance to the landscape and flavors to food dishes.  Herbs can be easily grown in a kitchen garden, container or mixed within the landscape.  Horticulture Educator Jennifer Fishburn will share tips on using herbs to attract pollinator insects. 

Live Webinar – Invasive Insects – April 23, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. CDT (via Skype for Business)

University of Illinois Agricultural Pest Survey Coordinator Kelly Estes will talk about Illinois Most Unwanted, the latest pests in Illinois that threaten farmers, gardeners and homeowners. Kelly will discuss identification characteristics, host preferences, where these insects are right now and what their population means to Illinois. With the knowledge of the pest damage that has already occurred from unwanted pests like Emerald Ash Borer and Gypsy moth, identification of these future invading insects and locating hot spots is key for prevention.


Live Webinar – Which Grass is Which? Identifying Grasses Made Easy – June 11, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. CDT (via Skype for Business)

Identifying grasses can be tricky! Join Erin Medvecz, Energy & Environmental Stewardship Educator, as she discusses basic grass identification and shares tips and techniques to identifying a number of common grasses in Illinois, without learning complex terminology or needing a hand lens.

Upcoming Schedule

Summer 2019

Kelly Allsup – Landscape Invasives and Native Alternatives – June 25

Brittney Haag – Youth Gardening: Back Pocket Lessons and Activities - July 16

Chris Enroth – Going Organic: Are organic pesticides safer than their synthetic counterparts? – August 6

Fall 2019

Ken Johnson – Fall Gardening – September 17

Ryan Pankau – Tree Compartmentalization – October 8

Peggy Doty – Gardening for Birds – December 3