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University of Illinois’s Extension Master Gardener program is offering Illinois residents a series of free monthly classes on creating beautiful and beneficial rain gardens in their own yards. 

Master gardener Nancy Kreith hosts the free workshops, beginning with this month’s topic “Designing Your Garden.” 

The class takes place this Friday, January 17th, at the Evangelical Community Church of Blue Island, and you can register here. You can also see the schedule for the upcoming workshops that include native perennial plants, how to attract butterflies to your garden, organic weed management, and shade gardens.