Several Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists will be at the Du Quoin State Fair to answer horticulture related questions and share information on the area's natural resources. They will be stationed at the Expo Hall from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Aug. 24 through Sept. 1.
In addition, several Master Gardener volunteers will host "pop-up" programming around the fairgrounds. The pop-up schedule is:
• Saturday, Aug. 24: Propagation, 2:30 p.m.; Mulching, 3 p.m.
• Sunday, Aug. 25: Kokedama Balls, 3 p.m.
• Monday, Aug. 26: Gardening Heirloom Crops, 3 p.m.
• Wednesday, Aug. 28: Kokedama Balls, 3 p.m.
• Thursday, Aug. 29: Mulching, 3 p.m.
• Friday, Aug. 30: Propagation, 2:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Aug. 31: Mulching, 3 p.m.
University of Illinois Extension uses trained Master Gardener volunteers to meet the constant demand for horticultural consumer information by citizens of our state and region. The mission of the Master Gardener program is "Helping Others Learn to Grow."
Master Gardeners involve people in improving the quality of life by helping them find sound management practices for home and urban natural resources, creating aesthetically pleasing environments, promoting well-being through people-plant interactions and horticultural therapy and by contributing to a safe, abundant food supply through home fruit and vegetable production.