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University of Illinois Extension serving Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties

Stephenson County
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-4125
FAX: 815-232-9006
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Jo Daviess County
204 Vine, PO Box 600
Elizabeth, IL 61028
Phone: 815-858-2273
FAX: 815-858-2274

SNAP Ed Office
650 North Main St
Rockford, IL 61103
Phone: 779-423-0982

Winnebago County
1040 North Second Street
Rockford, IL 61107
Phone: 815-986-4357
FAX: 815-986-4329

News Release

Master Gardener Program Seeks Applicants

University of Illinois Extension is accepting applications to participate in the 2018 Master Gardener Training.   Master Gardeners are volunteers that have gone through an eleven-week horticulture training course led by University of Illinois Extension Educators.  Once training is complete, trainees participate in volunteer work before being designated as “University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners.”  Each county has a variety of volunteer opportunities such as answering home horticulture questions from the public, teaching young children how to garden, conducting public workshops, creating display gardens, working with local organizations, and more.

Master Gardener Training will be held in Rockford at Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden on Thursdays, beginning February 1, 2018. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Thursday through April 12. 

Class topics include botany, soils and fertility, trees and shrubs, organic gardening, vegetables, fruits, insect identification and control, turf grass management, annuals & perennials, disease diagnosis and control, pesticide safety, and more.

Applications and registration must be completed before the start of classes along with a $175 registration fee. For more information or to register, visit or call the University of Illinois Extension Office at (815) 986-4357.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact your local Extension office.

Source: Margaret Larson, County Director,

Local Contact: Samantha Burbach, Program Coordinator,