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Gardening seminar series under way

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic

University of Illinois Extension will host a series of gardening seminars at the Extension office on the campus of Black Hawk East College.

This Four Seasons Gardening program is your chance to learn from some of Illinois' leading lawn and garden experts. Each topic is presented via teleconference by a U of I Extension horticulture expert. You can attend any topic that interests you – whether it's just one or two sessions or the entire series.

Seminars are 1 p.m. on specific dates, which are all Tuesdays.

Each session costs $5 for the public or $3 for Current University of Illinois Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists and HCE members. The entire series is $15 public or $10 current U of I Master Gardener/Master Naturalist and HCE members.

Register at least 24 hours before each seminar to ensure minimum participation is met. Register at web.extension.illinios.edu/hmrs or call (309) 756-9978.

The first seminar was 1 p.m. today. Remaining sessions are:

- On Sept. 3, at 1 p.m. the topic is "Winter Wise Your Landscape: Knowledge to Prevent Costly Mistakes." Discover the necessary steps to take now in order to protect and embellish your landscape in order to ensure blooms and grass in the spring. When and what to prune, fertilize, protect and not neglect will be taught. Learn proper practices of winter protection in the landscape. Get more bloom for your buck and find balance in your landscape and pocketbook.

- On Sept. 17, at 1 p.m., "Pollinator Plants" will be presented. Celebrate pollinators as experts talk about these important visitors and the plants that attract them. Find out what great pollinators we find in Illinois and how we can transform our own backyards into a garden that encourages them.

- "What's Trending Now in Landscape Design's is the topic on Oct. 1, at 1 p.m. Explore current trends in landscape design. Find out what trendy designs exist, popular landscape features American homeowners are using in their backyards, and examine some over-the-top, yet, admired landscape designers. Looking for new ideas for your landscape? This program will definitely give you some things to consider.