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Byrne Walsh: Meet the McHenry County Master Gardeners at the 2018 Fall Expo

Fall Expo to be held Oct. 25 in Woodstock

Would you like to see what 150-plus avid (some might say “rabid”) gardeners do for fun as the season winds down? They gather together and plan for next year’s projects and gardens, of course. If you enjoy learning new things and gardening, you should come and meet them.

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25, the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners will hold their 2018 Fall Expo at the McHenry County Farm Bureau building, 1102 McConnell Road, Woodstock. This event is free and open to the public.

“We welcome everyone, and the Fall Expo is a great way to learn about your local Extension Master Gardeners, several community gardens and 2019’s gardening projects,” said Anne Miller, EMG volunteer and a gardener in Woodstock who is helping to organize the event. “Within about an hour, you can connect with dozens of people who are creating and tending several community gardens and teaching gardening workshops and classes.”

“The Fall Expo is tailor-made for McHenry County residents who would like to learn about becoming an Extension Master Gardener volunteer or learn about becoming involved in a community, school or church garden,” said Linda Popp, another Woodstock gardener and EMG volunteer helping to organize expo. “Attendees could also explore partnering with EMG volunteers for future garden-related speaking engagements for their club, library or organization.”

The mission of an EMG is to share unbiased, reliable, research-based information with home landscapers and gardeners, as well as to encourage people to enjoy gardening and vegetable growing.

For information about the EMG Fall Expo, call the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners office at 815-338-3737 or visit web.exension.illinois.edu/lm and facebook.com/McHenryCoMasterGardener.

• Michelle Byrne Walsh is a past president of the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners and lives in Lake in the Hills.

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