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Local Horticulturist Wins Award

A  local horticulture educator has received an award. Andrew Holsinger was part of an award-winning team that took home an award for its dedication to constant evaluation and adaptation of educational programming. The Four Seasons Gardening series addresses home and community garden issues that encourage residents to protect the environment, grow food safely, and save money by reducing unnecessary inputs.


The series produced webinars that reached nearly 2,500 people live, and recorded videos received more than 6,800 views.  93% of respondents say that they took action based on the information they learned during a webinar. Gemini Bhalsod, Nancy Kreith, Andrew Holsinger, and Karen Winter-Nelson were all recognized.  Holsinger serves as the Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, and Montgomery Counties as Horticulture Educator. 


The gardening series increased participant knowledge and expanded practices to help support healthy environments and sustainable landscapes, such as feeding pollinators and increasing the use of native plants. Information about upcoming webinars is available at go.illinois.edu/FourSeasonsGardening. 

Congratulations to Andrew Holsinger and the award-winning team!