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U of I Extension offers summer garden series

Published: Saturday, May 17, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

The summer series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship and backyard food production, gets underway this month.

The first session of the series is titled, “Home Orchards.” The program is offered twice – at 1:30 p.m. June 24 and 6:30 p.m. June 26. Both sessions will be presented via teleconference at the DeKalb County Extension office at 1350 W. Prairie Drive, Sycamore.

Horticulture educator Sonja Lallemand will talk about one of the most rewarding gardening activities: growing fruits in the home garden. This presentation will focus on the general considerations for getting started in developing and cultivating your own orchard. It also will provide you with growing tips for several types of small fruits. The presentation will be presented via the University of Illinois distance learning system and local computer PowerPoint presentations, allowing live discussion between the presenter and gardeners throughout Illinois.

Other topics in the summer series include “Starting a Youth Garden” set for July 8 and 10, and “Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus” set for July 22 and 24.

Cost per session is $5. Or attend the entire three-part summer series for $12. Call or email the University of Illinois Extension office for more details, 815-758-8194, mpetra@illinois.edu or web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, call 815-758-8194.

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