Master gardeners partner with DACC instructor for seasonal decoration workshop

For many, fall is the most beautiful time of year. Farmers markets overflow with a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables, none more eye-catching than squash and pumpkins.

Their spectacular shapes and vibrant colors appeal to our creative side. But how can you make the most of these splendid cucurbits after you get them home? DACC instructor Amanda Krabbe has come up with a unique solution.

Krabbe has planned a very special program using seasonal vegetables. Participants in this program will learn how to make an autumnal centerpiece topped with live plants. This is a long-lasting decoration that also makes the perfect hostess gift.

Join the Vermilion County Master Gardeners for this seasonal make-and-take class at the DACC Greenhouse on October 16, at 6 p.m. Krabbe will share her expertise and knowledge by teaching participants how to create a live harvest decoration with succulents, a pumpkin and/or squash.

Attendees should bring a short, wide pumpkin measuring about 12-15 inches across.

Pumpkins or squash with a deep well around the stem will make it easier to attach the succulents.

Attendees will also need to bring pruners or a floral knife.

The Extension office will supply the succulents and all other necessary materials. Space is limited and you must pre-pay to attend this program.

The fee for this class is $10.

Attendees will also receive instructions on how to care for your creation and extend the life of the succulents.

Register now, as space is limited and we are unable to take walk-ins. Attendees may pay with cash or check at the Vermilion County Extension Office (3164 North Vermilion, Danville). Credit card payments can only be processed online at

If you have questions, contact the Vermilion County Extension Office at (217) 442-8615.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please call the Extension Office 217-442-8615.


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