“Natives and Hummingbirds” Presentation Tomorrow at EPLD

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Our Woodford County Master Gardeners are back, providing monthly programs, Plant Help Desks and helping with the telenets offered by the University of Illinois Extension at the Library. We are grateful for this cheerful group who come to the library filled with a wealth of horticulture knowledge they so willingly share!

Our Tuesday (April 10, 6:30 p.m.) evening program should be a show-stopper! Deanna Frautschi and Sherrie Snyder, both Master Naturalists and Wild Ones members, will be presenting, “Natives and Hummingbirds.” They plan to talk about plants you need to be nurturing in your yard to attract hummingbirds. Sherries comes with firsthand knowledge of what has worked in her yard, including Fire Pink, Jewelweed, Columbine and several varieties of Beardtongues. I think she considers these her “hummingbird magnets”!

We know it this is a topic near and dear to many in the community. Last year’s Master Gardener presentation on hummingbirds filled the room, overflowed into the adjoining area, and then filled a repeat program 3 weeks later. We were thrilled when the Master Gardeners suggested the idea of recognizing which natives to plant to attract hummingbirds as a follow-up. We do expect a crowd however, so be sure and give us a call at 467-2922 to reserve a seat.

We will also be holding a telenet on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. on the topic “Sustainable Lawn Care”. The telenets are provided through the University of Illinois Extension, and are presented on Thursday evenings at the Library and Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Woodford County Extension Office. To register for a telenet, please call the Extension Office at 467-3785.

The April Plant Help Desk will be held on Tuesday April 24, 3:30 – 5 p.m. The Master Gardeners staff the Plant Help Desk, and provide wonderful information on houseplants, outdoor plants, gardening, yard care, and tree or shrub issues. Be sure and take advantage of the wealth of information our Woodford County Master Gardeners provide free of charge through EPLD!