FARM AND GARDEN: master gardeners keep workshop, grazing | Home & Garden

The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners have announced that registration is open for two upcoming events.

Love fresh cut flowers but unsure how to keep them longer or how to arrange them? University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners invite you to Flower Power, a workshop all about cut flowers. Join Master Gardener Christina Edmonds-Behrend for a series of fun and interesting workshops on Saturday 16 July and Saturday 6 August from 9:30am to 10:30am.

Workshops are held in the 4-H Building at the Coles County Fairgrounds.

In session one, Tools & Tips, participants will learn basic flower arranging tools and tips for longer lasting flowers. In session two, “I’ve Grown Them, Now What?” you’ll learn the simple elements of flower design with practical applications.

Participation is limited. To register, go to or call the Mattoon Extension office at 217-345-7034. Registration costs $5 per session.

FARM AND GARDEN: The Illinois Master Naturalist program is accepting applications for training

Plant identification grazing

Doug Gucker, Extension Ag and Natural Resources Educator, wants to help people who are new to grazing and pasture management identify plants that are commonly found on pastures. Take him out to pasture on Tuesday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Grazing takes place at a private home at 22450 E. County Road 2100 N., north of Oakland. Participants will learn about the most common plants found on pastures, including those that are harmful to livestock. Learn how to identify and control them.

Participation is limited to 20 people. To register, go to or call the Mattoon Extension office at 217-345-7034. Registration is free, but donations are welcome. Competitors must be able to walk across an agricultural pasture. There are no facilities available.

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