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Master Gardeners paint the town with flowers

Published: Saturday, June 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – The University of Illinois Extension DeKalb County Master Gardeners grabbed their shovels and fertilizer and teamed up to plant more than 50 containers in downtown DeKalb. The group annually collaborates with the City of DeKalb. Master Gardener Randy Moseley, who heads up the project with the help of city workers, said this year's planting was delayed because of the threat of frost.

About 15 Master Gardeners volunteered to plant the large stone bowls throughout the central business district. City employee Judy Schneider designs the containers each year with more than two dozen varieties of annuals. Schneider says it’s a challenge to find combinations that will hold up to the wind and heat in the downtown area. “It’s always rewarding to see the flowers bloom at their peak, “she said.

Master Gardener Mike Van Buer was looking forward to lending a hand in the Van Buer Plaza, named in memory of his father, Frank Van Buer, former mayor of DeKalb who died in 2008.

The mission of the Master Gardener program is "Helping Others Learn to Grow." Master Gardeners help people find sound management practices for home and urban natural resources, create aesthetically-pleasing environments, promote well-being through people-plant interactions and horticultural therapy, and contribute to a safe, abundant food supply through home fruit and vegetable production.

For more information, call 815-758-8194, email bmacarus@illinois.edu or visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/.

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