Get ready to garden

Gardener’s Day is March 26

by Ken Johnson

Get ready for the upcoming growing season with the 2022 edition of Gardener’s Day. Join University of Illinois Extension on March 26 to learn how to create an energy-efficient landscape, how to incorporate edible plants into your landscaping and about some invasive species of which you should be aware.

The first presentation of Gardener’s Day will be Energy-Efficient Landscaping. Sustainable and energy-efficient landscapes are common buzzwords in today’s gardening circles — they can also be overwhelming to novice gardeners. Learn tips for how your landscape can help keep your energy costs down and make your yard more environmentally friendly.

Edible landscaping has become increasingly popular in the last several years. By combining fruit and nut trees, vegetables, herbs, edible flowers or berry bushes in aesthetically pleasing ways, edible landscapes can be just as attractive as ornamental ones. Learn how to eat your yard by creating a tasteful home landscape using edible plants.

Gardener’s Day will wrap up with a presentation on invasive species. Invasive species cause millions of dollars of damage every year. The presentation will discuss some of the invasive species currently in Illinois and some for whom you should be on the lookout. 

Gardener’s Day will take place on March 26 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Morgan County Extension office in Jacksonville, located at 104 N. Westgate Ave. Registration is $5.00. Register online at or by calling 217-243-7424. Registration closes on March 25.

For more information, or if you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact Ken Johnson at 217-243-7424.

Share This