Press release submitted by University of Illinois Extension
University of Illinois Extension Spring Series of Home Horticulture Classes are Mondays at 7 p.m., March 17 – April 21
University of Illinois Extension will be holding a series of 6 classes on a variety of hot topics in home horticulture. The classes will be taught by local experts and will take place on Monday evenings March 17 to April 21 from 7 – 9 p.m. at Rock Island County Extension, 321 West 2nd Ave., Milan, IL. The cost is $5 per class or you can take the series of 6 classes for $25. Pre registration is recommended. Register online at web.extension.illinios.edu/hmrs or call (309) 756-9978. Here's what's planned:
March 17 – Planning A Community Garden: 10 steps you need to take before starting a community garden. Presented by Julia Blazevic, The Garden Growers Director who says, "If a neighborhood does not feel ownership of a garden, it will never succeed."
March 24 – Looking For Eden: Finding & Photographing Paradise, Davenport photographer Julie Malake shows us that heaven is all around us in a tapestry of life and light, but it will not come find you. You must seek it out. She'll also provide insight on capturing the perfect photo of your own garden or landscape.
March 31 – Small Fruits & the Backyard Orchard Imagine spending the summer picking fresh raspberries, cooking with your own blueberries and watching your apples grow and ripen in your own backyard. Today's fruit varieties are small, disease resistant and easier than ever to grow. Ron Fischer of Fischer's Honey Farm has grown it all. He will share his secrets of soil amending,fertilizing, variety selection and how to harvest all of that tasty fruit.
April 7 – Perennial Garden Maintenance Cutting back, deadheading, pinching, layering bloom and dividing are common chores when maintaining a perennial garden. But which plant gets which treatment? Learn the basics of perennial garden maintenance based on common plant needs. Martha Smith, Horticulture Educator, will help ease your maintenance anxieties!
April 14 – Ten Native Plants You Should Have in Your Yard Whether you are just a curious "newbie" or an experienced native plant enthusiast, this presentation is sure to both entertain and expand your knowledge. Clever ways to incorporate ten of the best native plants into the home landscape will be explored. In addition, advice will be shared on common mistakes and a few plants you might want to avoid. Speaker: Dan Mays, Gardener/Writer
April 21 – What's New In The Greenhouse Gwen Coobs of Allen's Grove Greenhouse will share the latest on new plants and favorites from past years. She'll talk about how to best utilize each plant in your garden or yard. Plants will be available for sale.