Explore daylilies, rain gardens and hydroponics at extension event

Registration is open for the fall series of the University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program. Taught by University of Illinois Extension experts, these classes cover a variety of topics: from trending projects such as hydroponics and rain gardens to timely tips on daylilies.

All will be presented via state-wide teleconference at the Kendall County office located at 7775B IL Route 47 in Yorkville, and will allow for live discussion between the presenter and participants.

On Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m., join us for Daylilies: Perfect for the Garden and Collecting. A U of I Extension Educator will discuss growing daylilies, which are known for their lovely trumpet-shaped florets. They are easy to grow and are suitable for all types of landscapes in Illinois.

Beyond the basic care and maintenance of daylilies, experience the incredible choice of colors, patterns and forms now available — from classic “ditch lilies” to elegant double-blooming varieties.

Learn how reduce your impact downstream by building a rain garden. Get Your Feet Wet with Rain Gardens at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 23 with University of Illinois Extension horticulture educators Andrew Holsinger and Chris Enroth.

They pair will introduce participants to the concepts and construction techniques of a successful rain garden and discuss what plants work best in Illinois.

At 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2, Four Seasons presents Hydroponics for the Home Gardener. This session will provide a brief overview of some of the hydroponic systems that are suitable for small-scale production.

In addition, it will provide an outline to success for those interested in starting a small-scale hobby hydroponic project. It will cover aspects such as fertilizer selection, timing, and most suitable crops for use in a home hydroponic system.

There is a $10 fee for each session, and registration closes one week before each program. Visit web.extension.illinois.edu/dkk/ or call 630-553-5823.

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