Kaskaskia College Community Education Sponsors “Gardening” Series

The Kaskaskia College Department of Continuing/Community Education is holding a series of Gardening classes at the Workforce Center, 325 S. Poplar in Centralia, this spring.


The series kicked off with a “Strawberries” class held on Tuesday, February 11 from 5:30 until 8:00 pm.  Instructor Garren King presented a very informative slideshow covering topics ranging from the history of strawberry cultivation, varieties that do well in southern Illinois, pest and disease control, and different strategies for ground and container planting.


King is a very knowledgeable hobby gardener who has grown and experimented with different strawberry varieties at his Sandoval home, and his expertise was on display with his presentation and his answers to questions in the lively discussions during the class.


“This class was very informative,” said Jim Rounsaville from Kell.  “”I have planted strawberries in the past, and I feel like I have learned quite a bit tonight.”


Rounsaville, who said he graduated from KC in 1968, especially liked that the class was focused on what works for Southern Illinois.  “He [King] didn’t spend a lot of time on what they are doing in California and places like that.  He gave us knowledge we can use here at home.”


If the success of a class can be measured by the enthusiasm of the students, King’s class was very successful indeed as he stayed long after the class period to answer the many questions students had for him. King also distributed strawberry seed packets, a list of discount codes, and useful websites at the conclusion of the class.


The “Gardening” series will continue this spring, as King conducts classes on:  “Gardening in Confined Spaces” on February 20; “Herb Gardening” on February 27; “Lasagna Gardening and Composting” on March 6; “Vegetable Gardening”  ( two night class) on March 11 and 13; “Beginning Phenology” ( A look at the signs of changing seasons) on March 31; “Modern Hunter Gatherer” (Exploring wild edibles in Southern Illinois) on April 9;  and “Late Season Garden” on May 20.


Many of the students in the “Strawberries” class expressed interest in attending the other classes in the series.  Jim Rounsaville marked “Beginning Phenology” and “Modern Hunter Gatherer” on the schedule distributed to the students.  “I will try to bring my wife next time,” he said, “But I will be there for sure.”



Cost to students for most of the classes is $10, with the “Vegetable Gardening” class costing $20.00. 


These classes are sure to prove popular.  Reserve your seat today by contacting the Kaskaskia College Department of Continuing/Community Education at 618-545-3255.  Students must pre-register for each class.


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