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The day to day experiences of a University of Illinois Extension Urban Horticulture Educator in Chicago, Illinois
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35 Years with the University of Illinois Extension

Posted by Ron Wolford - Extension

Today is my 35 year anniversary with the University of Illinois Extension in Chicago. During my 35 years with Extension I have had the opportunity to work with and meet some great people. People like Gerald and Lorean Earles who taught a young Extension Educator how to dumpster dive for materials for their Slumbusters c...

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Thank You: Cook County Horticulture Team

Posted by Ron Wolford -

During my many years in Extension, I have had the opportunity to work with many dedicated Extension staff. Last night our Cook County Horticulture team presented a first in a series of school and community garden workshops at our Westchester office. As the team developed this training, I was continually impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication my colleagues show for the work they do in Cook C...

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Chicago Urban Gardening Blog Website of the Day: My Chicago Botanic Garden

Today's Chicago Urban Gardening Blog Website of the Day: My Chicago Botanic Garden. The My Chicago Botanic Garden blog explores the many facets of the Garden through timely and relevant posts from their plant scientists, community gardeners, educators, horticulturists and occasional guests. The first-person accounts provide seasonal gardening tips, sug...

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Chicago Urban Gardening Blog: Website of the Day: Cornell's Growing Guides for 58 Vegetables

Today's Website of the Day is Cornell's Growing Guides for 58 Vegetables f rom Artichokes to Zucchini. Each vegetable profile contains a detailed description and growing instructions, site and soil requirements, recommended varieties, and solutions for managing pests and diseases. This website is a great resource for both the new and experienced gardener....

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Chicago Urban Gardening Blog: Website of the Day: The Great Plant Escape

When I started almost 35 years with the University of Illinois Extension there were no computers, no fax machines, no copiers, no cellphones and no internet. This has given me a perspective concerning technology that some of my younger colleagues may not have. I have always been intrigued by technology. When I was 10 years old I used to listen to flag...

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Get to Know your Christmas Tree

Posted by Ron Wolford - Holidays

Before you purchase a Christmas tree this year, take a little time to research tree characteristics like color, length of needles, aroma and needle retention. The following Christmas Tree species or types are sold and grown in the United States. Eastern Red Cedar – Junirperus vigi...

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Spring and Summer Storm Recovery Resources

Posted by Ron Wolford -

  Chicagoland is often hit with spring and summer storms. The following are resources to help you prepare for and recover from these storms. Sign up for Weather Alerts from NotifyChicago Thunderstorms...

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