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Gardeners gearing up for the growing season, take note: Green Thumb Saturdays is back.

At a Green Thumb Saturday 
session in 2014, Tree 
Committee Chairwoman
Maureen Guger demonstrates
how to do “lasagna” 
(File photo)

The Homewood Tree Committee is again hosting its series of gardening presentations starting Saturday, March 14. The series runs through Oct. 10.

The prentations are held from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. in the board room at Village Hall, 2020 Chestnut Road. The free sessions are co-sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Program.

Topics this year:

  • March 14: Pruning
  • April 11: Watersheds
  • May 9: Herbs
  • June 13: Container Gardens
  • July 11: Insects: Good, Bad and Ugly
  • Aug. 8: What’s In Your Garden
  • Sept. 12: Trees
  • Oct. 10: Invasives

The committee’s annual report was presented to the Homewood Board of Trustees Feb. 10 and  included an account of activities in 2014.

Last year, Green Thumb Saturday topics included seed starting, pruning, under-used annuals, body-smart gardening, bees, soils, bulbs and “lasagna” gardening. 

The committee also helps promote the village’s TreeShare program, which offers residents a 50 percent discount on new trees. Orders are due at Village Hall by noon on April 4.

The committee includes Maureen Guger, chair; Jason Baldauf, secretary; Carolyn Bury, Al Guger, Paul Kramer, Karl Person and Regina Zohfeld.

The committee meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be April 10. 


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