CARTERVILLE, Ill. — Native plants are an important part of our ecosystem. They can house and feed our native wildlife and provide unique beauty to any landscape.

Extension horticulture educator Austin Little and environmental and energy stewardship educator Erin Medvecz are teaming up to provide a free program about native plants of southern Illinois and teach individuals how to incorporate them into their landscaping.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 11 at the Mees Centre, which is located in the Harrison/Bruce Historic Village in the southeast part of John A. Logan campus at 700 Logan College Drive, Carterville.

Following the program, the educators will give a tour of the Historical Village Gardens where participants can view many native plants incorporated into their 1800s settler’s demonstration garden.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Register at go.illinois.edu/nativeplantguide2019 or call Maggie Ray at 618-687-1727.

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