2011 Search for Excellence Workshops Category- 2nd Place Winner

Rain Barrel Workshops- Macon County Illinois

Workshop attendees learn how to properly construct their own rain barrels.

The Macon County Master Gardeners began planning the Rain Barrel Workshop in the summer of 2007. The first hour-long workshop was offered to Master Gardeners with the aim of perfecting a moderately priced and accessible project for individuals of all skill levels. The Master Gardeners began offering the workshop to the public and over 300 rain barrels have been constructed to date. Public interest has increased and there is currently a waiting list for classes! As word spread the Master Gardeners seized the opportunity to take their idea “on the road” and began teaching other Master Gardeners from nine separate counties not only how to construct the rain barrels, but how to host their own workshops. The Master Gardeners are expanding their program and co-taught a rain barrel presentation via teleconference throughout the state of Illinois in April 2011.



To learn more about the Macon County Master Gardeners visit their website at  http://web.extension.illinois.edu/dmp/maconmg/