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University of Illinois Extension serving DeWitt, Macon and Piatt Counties

Macon County
3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd.
Decatur, IL 62521
Phone: 217-877-6042
FAX: 217-877-4564
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

DeWitt County
8425 Katie Road
Clinton, IL 61727
Phone: 217-935-5764
FAX: 217-935-8932
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Piatt County
210 South Market Street
Monticello, IL 61856
Phone: 217-762-2191
FAX: 217-762-2703
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

News Release

Gardening Insights Offers Classes for Garden Lovers of All Levels

DECATUR – Wipe away those winter blues and get excited about spring with the 22nd-annual Gardening Insights. This February, explore your interests and choose from a dozen exciting hands-on and research-based sessions, network with area gardeners and learn from keynote speaker and nationally known garden expert Melinda Myers.

Gardening Insights will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 16 in Richland Community College’s Shilling Center, 1 College Park, Decatur. Doors open at 8 a.m. for walk-in registration, check-in and vendor shopping. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as classes fill quickly.

The cost for the day is $35, which includes three classes, the keynote speaker and lunch. Hands-on classes may have additional costs. Register by February 12 at or call the Macon County Extension Office at (217) 877-6042.
Sessions include monarch butterfly basics, using natural woods, improving your garden soil, landscaping, design concepts and soil testing. Hands-on classes will cover creating rain barrels, flower arranging, exploring garden trends and building bug, gnome or fairy houses.

The keynote speaker Melinda Myers will discuss Well Loved Illinois Garden Plants. Myers is a certified arborist and horticulturist and nationally known gardening expert with more than 30 years of horticulture experience. In 2017, the Association for Garden Communicators inducted her into their Hall of Fame. She hosts the television program, Melinda’s Garden Moment and The Great Courses® How to Grow Anything DVD series. Myers has written more than 20 gardening books, which will be available for purchase and signing, including The Midwest Gardener’s Handbook, MN & WI Getting Started Garden Guide, MN & WI Month-by-Month Gardening and Small Space Gardening.

For a complete list of classes and descriptions, visit Gardening Insights is sponsored by University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners of Macon County. For more information, please contact Extension program coordinator Vasthi Schwarz at (217) 877-6042 or

The Macon County Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by University of Illinois Extension. Master Gardeners fulfill their mission of Helping Others Learn to Grow by volunteering their time and horticulture skills through community gardening projects and educational outreach. Learn more at or on their Facebook page.

Local Contact: Vasthi Schwarz, Program Coordinator, Horticulture,