Good news: The University of Illinois Extension will be hosting Master Gardener Training in January 2016 for everyone that wants to learn more about working with plants.

Each class allows the students to tackle a different aspect of gardening, such as diseases or pests, and gives you a better understanding of how to deal with the wide array of problems that could arise in your garden. It is also a great way to connect with other people that are as passionate about botany as you are so that you can share ideas and techniques.

For more information on the Master Gardener program and to join, contact in Ava Heap at 217-333-7672 or carmien2@illinois.edu (Champaign County), Trent Hawker at 815-268-4051 or tkhawke2@illinois.edu (Ford and Iroquois Counties) or Jenney Hanrahan at 217-442-8615 or jhanraha@illinois.edu (Vermilion County).

Additional info can be found in the press release below: 

CHAMPAIGN – Are you a budding botanist with a passion for peonies? Do you love insects and digging in the dirt? Then the Master Gardener program is perfect for you! University of Illinois Extension in Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion Counties will be hosting Master Gardener training in January, 2016. Master Gardeners are passionate people who embrace the motto “helping others learn to grow.”

During Master Gardener training, attendees have the opportunity to learn about gardening from University of Illinois Extension educators in a way that is interesting and practical to the home gardener. Classes are geared for all levels, from beginners to more experienced gardeners. Trainees attend class one day a week for ten weeks. Each session covers a different garden-related topic, such as plant diseases, insects, annuals and perennials, vegetables, trees and shrubs. The class price of $175 includes an extensive book developed by University of Illinois educators specifically written for gardeners in Illinois.

One of the most rewarding parts about being a Master Gardener comes from the friendships made with fellow gardeners and knowing you are making a difference in your community. Master Gardeners cultivate Idea Gardens throughout the community, plan monthly education programs, give talks at local civic organizations and much more. No matter your interests, there is something for you!

For more information on the Master Gardener program and to join, contact in Ava Heap at 217-333-7672 or carmien2@illinois.edu (Champaign County), Trent Hawker at 815-268-4051 or tkhawke2@illinois.edu (Ford and Iroquois Counties) or Jenney Hanrahan at 217-442-8615 or jhanraha@illinois.edu (Vermilion County). Join us in helping others learn to grow!

The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please call the Extension Office.