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The Garden Scoop is a collection of reflections about the Master Gardeners in Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, and Vermilion.
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Making Money and Aiding Monarchs

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Posted by Trent Hawker, Horticulture Intern
Earlier this month, Jenney discussed the Monarch butterfly in her post If You Plant it They Will Come. As she said, milkweed is the only host plant that the Monarch will use to lay their eggs. This fall the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners in Ford and Iroquois Counties sold milkweed to gardeners in Extension Unit 13 to provide habitats for these unique insects.

The Master Gardeners hosted a Fall Plant Sale to go along with a Butterfly Gardening program presented by Anita Boomgarden, a Master Gardener from Ford County. They sold a selection of native milkweed plants that will help to attract butterflies to the garden. Plants offered included Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed), Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed), and Asclepias syriaca (Common Milkweed). The fundraiser was a big hit with Master Gardeners throughout the unit purchasing plants.

With the success of their first plant sale under their belts, the Ford-Iroquois Master Gardeners are considering holding another plant sale next fall. Are there any plants you would like to see included on their list for next year? Perhaps there is something unusual that you have not been able to find in your local garden center? If so, leave your suggestions in the comment box below, or email me at

Do you want to be a part of next year's plant sale? Join the Master Gardeners in Ford and Iroquois Counties! Training for Master Gardeners in Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion counties starts the end of January 2015 in three locations; Champaign, Danville and Onarga; however, applications are due November 28, 2014. Check out our web site for more information and to apply online

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