University of Illinois Extension
Bruce Spangeberg

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Stateline Yard & Garden

Horticulture Programs Scheduled for 1998

January 8, 1998

With the arrival of the new year comes another round of Extension horticulture programs to northern Illinois. Here's a review of some in the McHenry County area. Other county offices in northern Illinois also offer a variety of programs; contact your local University of Illinois Extension office for details.

Landscape maintenance businesses and grounds managers of all types are invited to attend the 1998 Landscape Maintenance Seminar set for Tuesday, January 27, at McHenry County College. The all-day seminar for 1998 features Extension Educator presentations on managing turf in the shade; unusual and underused annuals; garden conifers; perennials for season-long color; and turfgrass diseases. Registration is $30, which includes lunch, and is through the McHenry County Extension Unit; (815)338-4747.

The 1998 Landscape Maintenance Seminar will also be held in Elburn on January 28 (call Kane County Extension Unit (630)584-6166 for details) and in Rockford on February 23 (call Winnebago County Extension Unit (815)987-7379 for details).

Home gardeners are again invited to attend the extremely popular Gardenfest, cosponsored by McHenry County Extension and McHenry County College. Gardenfest '98 is set for Saturday, March 7, at the MCC Conference Center. A variety of seminars will be offered, including water gardens; culinary herbs; annuals with perennials; indoor plant propagation; tree, shrub, and lawn problems; native trees; landscape conifers; beneficial insects, roses, ornamental grasses, and other gardening topics.

Watch your mail for the MCC Community Services February - March 1998 Schedule. Preregistration is required, and includes lunch. Homeowners in Lake County may want to contact the Lake County Extension Unit (847)223-8627 for details on a series of home gardening seminars being offered this spring.

Commercial apple and vegetable growers are invited to attend the Stateline Fruit & Vegetable Conference set for Friday, February 6, in Harvard. The all-day seminar addresses a number of topics for apple and vegetable growers. The program flyer will be available at the McHenry County Extension Unit office in Woodstock and is being mailed directly to growers who have attended programs in the past.

Finally, homeowners are invited to attend a program on home lawn care set for Wednesday afternoon January 21, 1998 in Woodstock. Keeping Your Grass Green will outline the essentials in caring for lawns in McHenry County. This program is a local leader lesson for the Association For Home & Community Education of the McHenry County Extension Unit, and is also open to the general public. Call (815)338-3737 to register.


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