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University of Illinois Extension serving Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark Counties

Main Office (Rock Island County)
321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
Phone: 309-756-9978
FAX: 309-756-9987
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Branch Office (Henry-Stark County)
358 Front Street
Galva, IL 61434
Phone: 309-932-3447
FAX: 309-932-3454
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am to 4:30pm (Closed from 12 - 1 pm)

Branch Office (Mercer County)
2106 SE Third Street
Aledo, IL 61231
Phone: 309-582-5106
FAX: 309-582-7338
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am to 4:30pm (Closed from 12 - 1 pm)

News Release

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Mercer County Pollinator Garden received 2017 Master Gardener State Teamwork Award during the State Master Conference September 8

The Mercer County Pollinator Garden received a 2017 Master Gardener State Teamwork Award during the State Master Gardener Conference September 8, 2017 in Normal, IL. This award was established to honor projects, which have made a difference in the community or Extension unit. The group of Master Gardeners had to show a focused team approach to a project, innovation and improving an existing project to serve their community better. Mercer County Master Gardeners on the team were Sue Atkinson, Lynn Borg, Mary Pat Rush, and Elaine Wheeler. The Perennial Pollinator Garden, located at the Mercer County Fairgrounds in Aledo is a highly visible garden which was in desperate need of redefinition - a purpose. The plan, to create a representative, educational and visually appealing garden that would include genus specific areas with several species of the same genus represented. With grant funding from the Illinois Clean Energy Foundation, they were able to incorporate pollinators, raise community awareness and create educational opportunities.  McDonalds of Aledo provided funding to build a shade structure to allow for the diversity of shade plants. More than a dozen Perennial Plants of the Year™ were incorporated into the species selection. As a Perennial Pollinator Garden, labeling also included identification of plants crucial in the life cycle of a pollinator. The Perennial Pollinator Garden provides educational opportunities for all including 2016 Pollinator Celebration, demonstrations, workshops, and classes. Mercer County Ag in the Classroom visits during the school year and it is a field trip destination for local youth and visitors to the Mercer County Fairgrounds as well.

University of Illinois Extension will be holding a new 11-week Master Gardener Training starting January 19th at the Rock Island County Extension office in Milan, IL. For those interested in learning more about becoming a Master Gardener, contact Tracy Jo Mulliken, MG Program Coordinator at (309) 756-9978 or email her at You can also register for the program and find out more online at:

Photo: The Mercer County Perennial Pollinator Garden is ready for visitors during the 2016 Mercer County Fair.

Local Contact: Tracy Jo Mulliken, Program Coordinator, Horticulture and Agriculture,