Mid-American Gardener

About Mid-American Gardener


Mid-American Gardener is a live call-in/roundtable discussion program featuring experts from various locations in central Illinois who are highly trained professionals in horticulture, pest control, agricultural education, and more. Many are University of Illinois professors and Extension advisors with varied expertise in the fields of entomology, horticulture and landscape design. Some are master gardeners, and a few own and operate nurseries and gardening centers.

The show's panelists provide roundtable show-and-tell presentations, answer viewer questions gathered from emails and social media messages, and provide animated roll-ins featuring fun facts and other gardening questions and answers. Mid-American Gardener, which premiered (under the title Illinois Gardener) on WILL-TV on May 1, 1992, has a loyal following of viewers who tune in to get tips on garden pests, what to plant, diseases attacking lawns and plants, as well as pruning and other basics of plant and tree care specific to Hardiness Zone 5.


Air Dates and Times

Channel Day Time
WILL-TV, Urbana Thursday 7 pm (live)
  Saturday 11 am (repeat)
WTVP-TV, Peoria Saturday 11:30 am
WEIU-TV, Charleston Sunday 1:30 pm
WSEC-TV, Springfield Saturday 11 am
WQEC-TV, Quincy Saturday 11 am
WMEC-TV, Macomb Saturday 11 am
Lakeshore PBS, Chicago/Northwest Indiana Friday 1 pm