Master gardener class offered

Join Master Gardener Leah Brennan on February 20, at 6 p.m. at the Danville Library for a fascinating presentation on specific steps the average homeowner can take to attract a variety of birds to their backyard twelve months a year.

Growing plants that produce seeds edible to birds will draw more of them to your backyard. Birds can add interest and movement to your garden and entertain us with their antics.

Along with the grace and beauty birds bring to the garden, they also eat insects, adding an important element to the ecosystem.

Without birds, insect populations in the garden would increase dramatically. Birds are a gardener’s friend. Creating a habitat for them is a process that requires some restraint on the use of pesticides and yard cleanup.

Leah will discuss ways gardeners can make their yards a haven where birds feel safe and will build their homes.

Attendees will receive handouts that provide details like the best sugar-water formula for hummingbirds and the importance of keeping your feeders clean and free of pests.

They will also receive a plant list that will help turn your garden into a haven for hummingbirds and other remarkable birds.

There is no charge to attend this presentation; however, we ask that attendees please register so we have adequate handouts.

For more information or to register, contact the University of Illinois Extension office at 217.442.8615 or visit the office at 3164 N. Vermilion in Danville.

Registration is available online at web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv.

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