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Wooford County Master Gardeners Partner with Eureka Public Library

Woodford County Master Gardeners Partner with Eureka Public Library

Did you know Woodford County Master Gardeners won a state award for the horticulture programming they do through the Eureka Public Library? This great partnership was encouraged by former Woodford Master Gardener president
Pam Terry, and has proven to be an excellent way to bring horticulture education to the people of Woodford County.

In addition to educational programs provided, the Master Gardeners offer a homeowner help desk to answer horticulture questions. If the Master Gardeners do not know the answer to the question, they will do additional research or utilize University of Illinois experts to not only find the answer, but to give you advice for the future.

Example of questions might be: "do I have emerald ash borer?", "what vegetables should I grow in my garden?", or simply "what is wrong with my plant?" To help the Master Gardeners, please bring pictures and a history of plant growth for a more accurate answer.

Some very exciting programs are being offered through the Eureka Public Library and presented by Woodford Master Gardeners. Please mark these on your calendars.

Visit the Woodford County Master Gardeners March 24 for an open plant clinic from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. They will be ready to answer any and all homeowner questions about horticulture. As an added bonus, Master Gardener Kenneth Smith will demonstrate worm composting and teach library visitors how to start their own worm composting system. Horticulture Educator Kelly Allsup will be there to answer questions in addition to talking about insect identification, garden pests and pollinators.

On March 25 at 6:30 p.m., Woodford County Master Gardener and co-president of Illinois Chapter of Wild Ones, Jack Pfaffmann will present "From Lawn to Perennial Garden Landscape." Pfaffmann will describe how he and other Wild Ones members converted lawn into a very successful native garden at theChildren's Foundation in Bloomington. Learn the considerations and steps they used to give you a guide to creating your own garden.

On April 22 at 6:30 p.m., Master Gardener Gretchen Stauch will present a straw bale gardening class.

Classes are free to the public, but registration is required. Please call the Eureka Public Library at 467-2922 to register.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, contact the U of I Extension office - Woodford County at (309) 467-3789.

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