The spring series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship, home gardening, and backyard food production, gets underway this month. Learn from University of Illinois Extension horticulture experts from the comfort of your home computer! These classes are live so you can ask questions of the presenters.

This webinar may be viewed from home by pre-registering here. Pre-register to receive all instruction and materials you will need to join the program. There is no charge to attend.

If you cannot attend live, recorded videos of these sessions can be viewed following the program on their YouTube channel at

Growing Vegetables for BeginnersApril 18 at 1:30 pm and April 20 at 6:30 pm  Produce always taste better when you are enjoying the fruits of your labor.  Join Jennifer Fishburn, Horticulture Educator, as she shares tips for successfully growing vegetables in a small space.

Beyond Hosta – Perennials for the Shade– May 2 @1:30 pm and May 4 @ 6:30 pm
30+ years ago what were our choices for a shade garden?  Hosta & impatiens!  Shade plants were hard to find.  As landscapes matured and trees grew gardeners were faced with SHADE!  The industry responded and now we have so many to choose from. Martha Smith, University of Illinois Horticulture Educator will entice you with some of her favorite shade perennials looking beyond Hosta.  She will also cover site selection and first year maintenance – both critical to a shade garden success.

Bountiful Backyards: Berries, Brambles and Beyond– May 16 @ 1:30 pm & May 18 @ 6:30 pm
Growing your own small fruits has become increasingly popular to families for the fresh taste and diverse cultivars available. Bountiful Backyards, taught by Extension Horticulture Educator, Bruce Black, will cover the basics from selection and planting, to management and pruning for longevity and best producing small fruits.