Four Seasons Gardening is topic of winter programs


The winter series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship, home gardening and backyard food production, will get underway this month.

The first session of the series is titled “The Green Pathway to Invasion: Ornamental Invasive Plants.” The program is offered twice — at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the LaSalle County Extension Office in Ottawa, and again at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Bureau County Extension Office in Princeton. Both sessions will be presented via computer.

Chris Evans, Forestry Extension and Research Specialist, will present the program. Participants are invited to join him as he explores why some plants end up becoming invasive, discusses some invaders that are still in the ornamental trade, and gives recommendations on how landowners can influence the surrounding natural landscapes through their planning decisions.

This webinar may also be viewed from home by pre-registering at Recorded videos of these sessions can be viewed following the program at

Other topics in the winter series include “Tree Care in Urban Soils,” set for March 13 and 15, and “Keep on Growing: Tips for Extending the Gardening Season,” set for March 27 and 29.

These webinars are free to the public. Advance registration of at least one week is required. Phone or email the local U of I Extension Office for more details at 815-433-0707 or email