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Ian Goslin
Program Coordinator, Horticulture (Bilingual)
University of Illinois Extension
1505 Valle Vista Blvd
Pekin, IL 61554-6245
Phone: 309-347-6614
FAX: 309-347-5472

Paula Lane
Office Support Assistant
University of Illinois Extension
127 S High St, Ste 1
Havana, IL 62644-1496
Phone: 309-543-3308

Rhonda J. Ferree
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
127 S High St, Ste 1
Havana, IL 62644-1496
Phone: 309-543-3308

Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners

County-Tazewell Master Gardeners

Tazewell County Master Gardener Meetings

4th Monday at (5:30 pm social) 6:00 pm - March through November. If you have any questions please contact Lee Maki or Ellen Denler

  • August 27, 2018 at Pekin Extension Office. Program-Doug Franks on native plants. 
  • September 19, 2018 at Luthy Botanical Gardens - Four County Master Gardener meeting hosted by Peoria County. 
  • October 22, 2018 at Pekin Extension Office. Program TBD. 
  • November 26, 2018 at Pekin Extension Office. Program TBD.

Tazewell County Master Gardener Activities

  • Green Valley Community Garden...Community members and volunteers help at a garden on the south edge of Green Valley, IL and share produce with those unable to garden. Project Chairs-Curtis Franks/Bill & Kathy Baker
  • ICC Master Gardener Demonstration Garden...A tri-county Master Gardener project with Tazewell, Peoria, and Woodford County Master Gardeners. Work days are Tuesdays 9-noon; may be earlier during the heat of the growing season. Other work days may be scheduled. The Demo Garden is located behind the Land Lab near the entrance of ICC. Volunteer/Education. Project Chair-Kathie Pickering.
  • Mackinaw Beautification...Master Gardeners are involved with planting, care and maintenance of planters downtown and also around lightposts. Also beautification/education projects in Mackinaw. Volunteer/Education. Project Chair-DeLores Brown.
  • Plant Bingo...June 7, 2018 at Festival Building in East Peoria. Plant Bingo is a fun and informational event hosted each spring and is open to all Master Gardeners and the public. Master Gardeners are asked to volunteer to help at the event and to donate plants and other garden related items for prizes. This project won a 2011 IL Master Gardener Teamwork Award. Proceeds support a horticultural scholarship at Illinois Central College. Project Chairs-Ellen Denler & Karen Shelley.
  • The Morton Giving Garden...Located in Westwood Park in Morton, The Giving Garden (60 x 80-feet) grows vegetables which are donated to WeCare and Community Harvest in Morton, as well as to other agencies depending on availability and need. Since 2011, more than 6000 lbs of vegetables have been grown to feed the hungry.Project Chair-Trudy Yazujian.
  • National Wildlife Federation Mayor's Monarch Garden (new in 2017)-The garden area is at the Justice Center in Pekin.
  • Pekin Main Street planters. Chair-Suzanne Cook
  • Schramm School. Chair-Ellen Denler
  • Washington Gift Garden...The Washington Garden is a 6,000 square foot garden area located at Five Points directly behind the fire station in Washington, IL. Volunteers grow produce for WHIP in Washington plus other charitable agencies in Peoria. Since 2011, volunteers have grown more than 20,000 pounds of fresh produce to help feed the hungry. Work will start with the garden beginning late March or early April depending on the weather. The normal work day is every Thursday at 8 a.m. (in warmer summer weather, at 7 a.m,) and continues through the first frost in late fall. There may be a need for additional work on other days such as watering, insect control, weeding, etc. dependent on the weather. During the harvest season, the harvest for WHIP is the first and third Wednesday of the month. Project Chair-Lee Maki
  • The Master Gardeners also are involved giving Public presentations, workshops, and much more to area churches, schools, and civic organizations.
  • Special Project: Midwest Regional Hosta Society 2018 Convention"Hostas Play in Peoria", July 12 - 14, 2018 in E. Peoria.

Tazewell Leadership for 2018

  • President, Lee Maki
  • Vice President, Ellen Denler
  • Secretary, Pam Scott
  • Treasurer, Trudy Yazuijan

Meeting Minutes