Gardening News: ‘Dig In To Spring’ gardening event March 10 in Oregon, Ill.

Staff Report

University of Illinois Extension and the Ogle County Master Gardeners will host a spring morning workshop, “Dig In To Spring,” from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 10.

A series of four presentations will be offered during the morning. Ellen Phillips, Extension educator, will present “Soil Basics,” offering key management strategies for keeping your soil healthy. She’ll also do a presentation about “Sustainable Backyard Gardening” that will address ecosystem-friendly techniques to minimize your labor and increase the beauty of your landscape.

Ogle County Master Gardeners will present two sessions. “What’s Blooming in Spring” will highlight some of the plants, shrubs and trees that bloom in spring and offer plant care tips. “Coleus and Other ‘C’s” will provide a brief history of coleus design, propagation and cultural practices, along with other “C” plants including canna lilies, caladium and calla lilies.

The workshop will be at the Ogle County Extension office, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon, Ill., in the Farm Bureau Building. Cost is $10 per person.

Preregistration is encouraged to ensure adequate space and materials. Register by phone at (815) 732-2191 or online at Indicate when registering if a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate.

From the Feb. 29-March 6, 2012, issue

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