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March 2, 2013

Gardening workshop ushers in spring



Featured workshop speakers include:

--Charlie Collom on Seed Starting Made Easy. Collom is a Master Gardener and works at the Mega Greenhouse Store in Tilton. He has many years of experience in the greenhouse industry, including time at Burgoyne’s in Georgetown.

--Mark Davidson on The Tree Factor. Known as the “Tree Man” in Montgomery County, Davidson has planted close to 1 million trees. He accomplished this in part with an innovative tree seedling planter he designed and developed for reforestation projects. In 2001, he purchased what became known as the Davidson Nursery, Inc., a family business. He has grown and nurtured his clientele by offering a large variety of exotic plants and herbs, including his well-known varieties of scented geraniums.

Davidson grew up in the greenhouse business and established a landscaping business in 1989, which has grown and prospered over 20 years.

--Dr. Tom Turpin on Bugs that Survived the Summer of 2012. Turpin, who is a professor at Purdue University, was the 2007 recipient of the Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence in Educational Service to the Rural People of Indiana. He was cited for being an outstanding educator and communicator who has taught thousands of people in various audiences about the importance of insects and the roles they play in agriculture.

The Vermilion County Master Gardeners, started in 1992, has about 70 members who work to bring horticultural information, based on U of I research, to the gardening public. Their mission is to organize and volunteer for garden-related projects that help increase the public’s understanding of gardening for the enhancement of Vermilion County.

Those interested can register for the workshop online at or by calling the U of I Extension Office at 442-8615. Those interested also can mail their name, address and phone number along with a $20 check (includes lunch) to: U of I Extension Office, 3164 N. Vermilion St., Danville, IL 61832.

For information, call DeWitt at 283-7161.

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