First fall garden seminar takes on the heat

SYCAMORE – The fall series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program, focusing on environmental stewardship and backyard food production, gets under way Tuesday, Aug. 20, with “Some Like It Hot: Plants for Hot, Dry Areas.” This program will be offered twice – at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 and again at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 – via teleconference at the DeKalb County Extension office, 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore.

Landscapes often include challenging sites where the heat is high and the water is dry. Areas next to driveways or near south-facing buildings can frustrate even the most seasoned gardener. Before you consider giving up on plants and ordering asphalt, discover the diversity of plants that thrive in hot, dry sites.

Other topics in the series are “Winter Wise Your Landscape: Knowledge to Prevent Costly Mistakes,” Sept. 3 and 5, “Pollinator Plants,” Sept. 17 and 19, and “What’s Trending Now in Landscape Design” on Oct. 1 and 3.

Cost per session is $5, or $16 for all four sessions. Registration is required and closes Monday, Aug. 19. Contact the DeKalb University of Illinois Extension office for more details at 815-758-8194 or, or visit If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, call 815-758-8194.

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