Gardening News: Beat the heat with a cacti and succulent garden — July 24 program

Staff Report

If July and August continue to be as hot and dry as June was, a pot of cacti and succulents may be the perfect container to survive these arid conditions! Cacti and succulent plants require minimal watering and care, and thrive in the heat of summer, in addition to having interesting plant forms and flowers.

University of Illinois Extension in Ogle County will be offering a one-hour program about Cacti and Succulent Container Gardening from 5 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 24. In this hands-on workshop, Horticulture Educator Candice Miller will teach about the various species of cacti and succulents available, as well as the plant care requirements for these one-of-a-kind plants, followed by a hands-on portion of the program. All supplies are included for participants to go home with a completed cacti and succulent container.

If you are interested in this program, pre-register by July 20 at or call Ogle County Extension at (815) 732-2191. Ogle County Extension is in the Farm Bureau building at 421 W. Pines Road in Oregon, Ill. The cost for the program is $15 per person. For more information regarding similar programs being held in Boone, DeKalb, Stephenson, Winnebago and Jo Daviess counties, visit the website or contact those offices.

University of Illinois Extension provides educational programs and research-based information to help Illinois residents improve their quality of life, develop skills and solve problems. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, call the University of Illinois Extension office in Ogle County.

From the July 18-24, 2012, issue

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