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Reid Young
Extension Program Coordinator, Ag and Natural Resources
University of Illinois Extension
1615 Commerce Parkway
Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone: 309-663-8306
FAX: 309-663-8270
ryoun@illinois.edu

Kelly Allsup
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
1615 Commerce Parkway
Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone: 309-663-8306
FAX: 309-663-8270
kallsup@illinois.edu

Brittnay Haag
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
1615 Commerce Parkway
Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone: 309-663-8306
FAX: 309-663-8270
bhaag@illinois.edu

Livingston, McLean, and Woodford Master Gardeners

Livingston, McLean, and Woodford Master Gardeners

McLean County Master Gardener Projects

McLean County Master Gardener Community Projects

Community Cancer Center

The Community Cancer Center Healing Garden was begun in June of 2015 to create an oasis of peace for cancer patients, their families, staff and the community at large. Master Gardeners are involved in assisting with planning, planting and care for the garden which includes a terrace garden, labyrinth (meditative walkway) and a butterfly garden to be viewed by patients receiving infusions.

Friendship Garden

This garden is a weekly meeting place at Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington for adults with developmental disabilities. Master Gardeners contribute to the program, titled Friends First, by providing educational programs and by assisting the participants in the design and care of the flower and herb garden.

Herb Garden at ISU Horticulture Center

Since 2014, in cooperation with the ISU Horticulture Center, the existing herb garden was expanded and revamped by the Master Gardeners in cooperation with Horticulture Center staff. Master Gardeners continue to maintain the garden each year, as well as providing scheduled educational programs. 

Merchele Healing Garden at Bromenn

 Garden plans are being developed for the newsest Master Gardener project. Watch for an update on the garden in Summer 2018. 

Sarah's Garden

This a rare historical garden located at the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington. The garden, planted by Sarah Davis in 1872, is in the original location, and contains many plants over 140 years old. In addition to the restoration and maintenance of the garden, Master Gardeners give tours, present educational programs, research the history and cultivation of the plants and document all garden activities and events. The program has also won several awards.

McLean County Junior Master Gardener Projects

Unity Community Center

The Unity Community Center is a program coordinate by the University of Illinois Extension to provide after-schooling programming to approximately 40 children, aged 5-18. Junior Master Gardening became part of the program at Unity Center in 2003. The garden consists of raised beds filled with pollinator plants, vegetables and herbs. The weekly gardening classes are held during the school year. A wide variety of gardening experiences are offered by the Master Gardeners including growing perennials, annuals, and vegetables as well as lessons on insects, birds, and flower arranging, to name a few.

Holton Homes Junior Master Gardeners/ Nature Workers 4-H SPIN Club

This garden program serves a small group of elementary school children residing at the Holton Homes apartment complex. The garden is composed of several rectangular beds and some containers, and is located a block from the complex.  The weekly garden lessons during the growing season take place either at the garden or in a community room. Youth have the opportunity to show produce from the garden at the county 4-H fair. 

Bloomington Junior High Garden Club

This group consists of 10-12 junior high students and meets weekly throughout the school year. The garden club is responsible for the design and maintenance of garden areas near the entrance of the building, and the large interior courtyard garden, which includes a pondless waterfall in the center. The children work outside with Master Gardeners whenever possible and have an indoor class in the winter.

Children's Discovery Museum

Master Gardeners conduct seasonal bi-weekly garden lessons throughout the summer at the museum.

LeRoy School Garden

Master Gardeners lead a weekly after school gardening program with students.