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Ferree provides weed control tips to attendees at Gardener's Day in Jacksonville on March 24, 2012.

Gardeners' Day a Success in Jacksonville

"The worms were a big hit!" says one Master Gardener who helped organize the recent Gardener's Day. University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners organized the outstanding event held on March 24th in Jacksonville.

The program was presented by University of Illinois Extension staff in the Calhoun-Cass-Greene-Morgan-Scott Unit. Duane Friend taught the group how to control nuisance wildlife in their yard, where the discussion on moles was especially lively. Rhonda Ferree covered some basic weed identification as well as tips on how to battle weeds in the lawn, yard, and garden. Creeping Charlie was a common problem weed among the attendees. Michelle Berg-Vogel taught the basics of vermicomposting, including how to make a worm bin.

In addition to organizing the event, Master Gardeners provided tasty treats and secured door prizes that were distributed at the end of the program. Master Gardeners attending the event included Glenna Wright, Alice Dodson, Linda Sullivan, and Carolyn McCarry. Other active Master Gardeners in the Unit are Annette Kilver, Nell Ann Wooldridge, Lois Freeman, Dorothy Brooks, Anita Moody, and Janet Mitchell.

For more information about the Master Gardener program and upcoming gardening events, go to Calhoun-Cass-Greene-Morgan-Scott Website. Updates are also provided in the quarterly Horticulture Newsletter. To receive this free newsletter, call 217-243-7424217-243-7424 or email

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