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Gardening program on creating children's gardens

Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – The Four Seasons Gardening program from University of Illinois Extension, continues with a session titled, "Starting a Youth Garden."

The program is offered twice, at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, and at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 10. Both sessions will be presented via computer at the DeKalb County Extension Office, 1350 W. Prairie Drive, Sycamore.

Whether you call it a children’s garden, youth garden, or school garden, gardens created as educational and play spaces for youth can be very rewarding to create. These gardens allow space for children to connect with nature and help them make the connection with where their food comes from. Candice Miller, horticulture educator with the University of Illinois Extension, will discuss the benefits of youth gardens, the important steps to planning a youth garden and ways to get youth engaged in gardening. She will also share some tips on how to make the garden as sustainable, successful, and rewarding as possible. The presentation will be presented via the University of Illinois distance learning system and local computer PowerPoint presentations, allowing live discussion between the presenter and gardeners throughout Illinois.

Cost per session is $5. Advance registration is needed to ensure adequate space and materials. Sessions may be cancelled for insufficient registration. For information, call 815-758-8194 or email mpetra@illinois.edu. You can also register online at web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the DeKalb County Extension office at 815-758-8194.

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