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On Saturday, March 23, 2019, the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners of Carroll, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside Counties will be hosting the 2019 Ready…Set…Grow… garden conference day from 8:00 am to 2:15 pm at Sauk Valley Community College.


This year’s keynote address: The Shockingly Beautiful Way to Improve Water Quality, will focus on how homeowners can use strategies such as nutrient loss reduction, green infrastructure, and sustainable lawn care practices to improve their lawns but also water quality in their area.


Horticulture experts will lead 15 workshops and participants will choose three sessions to attend. Workshops will share information everyone can use-from the beginner to the most experienced gardener. A vendor show, door prizes, and a Master Gardener Help Desk can be visited throughout the day. The fee for this program is $45, and registrations will be accepted until March 18, 2019. Fee includes a Continental breakfast & buffet lunch, a welcome bag, and handouts from educational sessions.


Please register by March 15, 2019. Register online or download the registration form at


If you are interested in more information about Ready…Set…Grow… or becoming a Master Gardener, please contact your local Extension office.


Carroll County: (815) 244-9444

Lee County: (815) 857-3525

Ogle County: 815-732-2191

Whiteside County: (815) 632-3611