Contact Us

University of Illinois Extension serving Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion Counties

Champaign County
801 North Country Fair Drive
Suite D
Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217-333-7672
FAX: 217-333-7683
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 11:30 - 12:30pm)

INEP Office
201 W. Kenyon Road
Suite 3
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217-353-0740
FAX: 217-351-2019

Iroquois County
916 W Seminary Ave
P.O. Box 163
Onarga, IL 60955-0163
Phone: 815-268-4051
FAX: 815-268-4058
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Vermilion County
3164 North Vermilion
Danville, IL 61832
Phone: 217-442-8615
FAX: 217-442-8628
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12-1pm)

Upcoming Events

VCMG Leaf Casting

September 16-23, 2017 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM )

Walt's Acres
800 Orchard St
Ridge Farm, IL 61870 (Vermilion County)

By the end of summer the perennials, shrubs and trees in your yard may have produced some Jurassic sized leaves. When you look out the window in January those leaves will be a distant memory. Fortunately, there is a creative way to preserve what nature has created and enjoy it for years to come.


Leaf casts make unique and beautiful garden art. They also provide great gifts and also make excellent conversation pieces for visitors to your garden. What’s nice is that they can be made with all sorts of leaves: hosta, fig, rhubarb, sycamore etc.  Large leaves make great bird baths, stepping stones or even fountains. Medium size leaves can be used as candle holders, to hold jewelry or even paperweights.


Master Gardener Pat Sollars has been making leaf casts for years. An experienced artisan, she will walk you through the process as you make your own leaf cast. The Make and Take Leaf Casting class with Master Gardener, Pat Sollars is a two part class.


Attendees with make a leaf cast on Saturday, September 16th 9- 11am. Your cast will be left to dry for a week as a wet cast cannot be moved. On Saturday, September 23 from 9-11am, Pat will show you how to paint the dry cast. All materials including paints and brushes will be supplied.


The classes will take place at Walt’s Acres in Ridge Farm 800 Orchard St. The fee is $30 per person and includes all necessary materials to create and paint a cast about 13inches by 15 inches. A variety of leaves will be provided for you to choose from. Attendees must prepay to ensure a place in this class.


Please send your check made out to University of Illinois to the Vermilion County Extension office at 3164 N. Vermilion Danville IL 61832. Call the Extension office at 217-442-8615 for more information.


Proceeds from monthly classes are used to fund Master Gardener programs and community gardens in Vermilion County.