November 27, 2021

Calendar: Planting and caring for trees

University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Emily Swihart will provide information on planting and caring for trees at 1 p.m. Oct. 26. Register at

For more information, download a copy of The Outsider, Volume 2, Time to Plant a Tree issue,

Native plants for shade gardens

University of Illinois Extension Energy and Environmental Stewardship Educator Erin Garrett will discuss the best native plants for Illinois shade gardens and will demonstrate each plant in its natural setting at 7 p.m. Oct. 26.

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Illinois native pollinators webinar

When it comes to pollination, honeybees get the majority of the attention. However, many insects play a role in pollination. A free webinar at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 will discuss different native pollinators, including beetles and flies, and tips on how to make your landscape attractive to them, including providing habitat.

This program is presented through the Conservation at Home program in Cook County. Register at

Home hydroponics

Learn about creating your own hydroponic system for growing vegetables or other plants at 1 p.m. Oct. 28. University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Andrew Holsinger will discuss the basics of home hydroponics, including supplies and resources for starting your own soilless growing system.

Attend the program online or in person at the Montgomery County Extension office, #1 Industrial Park Drive in Hillsboro. Register at

Lee County 4-H Fall Fest

AMBOY, Ill. — The Lee County 4-H and Federation will present the 2021 Fall Fest from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Lee County 4-H Center, 1196 Franklin Road, Amboy. The event will include a costume contest, pumpkin hunt and carnival games. There will be hot dogs, popcorn, and treats for everyone. The event is free and open to the public of all ages. For more information, contact the Lee County Extension office at 815-857-3525.