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Chicago Urban Gardening

The day to day experiences of a University of Illinois Extension Urban Horticulture Educator in Chicago, Illinois
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Oregon Banning the Butterfly Bush

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Did you hear the Oregon is trying to ban the butterfly bush? There are so many planted in the landscape and in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest that they are considered by some to be noxious weeds. More Information >>>...

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Veggie Display

Building Locally Based Food Systems Workshop

Posted by Ron Wolford -

If you are interested in expanding local foods work in your Unit, plan to attend Strategies for Building Locally Based Food Systems in Illinois Communities A one-day workshop for Extension Educators and County Directors, elected and appointed officials, agency staff and economic development directors . . . and anyone interested in strengthening their community and its economy...

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Garden History

Online History of Horticulture Course

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Purdue University has a course called, "The History of Horticulture" taught by Jules Janick of the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. A video and PowerPoint slide program of all 42 lectures are available online. You can view the video links in a media browser.The resolution is OK. Because image resolution is much better in the PowerPoint files the best way to view th...

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Iguana

It is Raining Iguanas

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Of course I have seen rain and snow fall from the sky but never iguanas. During Florida's recent cold snap, iguanas were falling from trees in a sort of suspended animation until it warmed up. More Information >>>...

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Deer

Prevent Wildlife Damage to Landscape

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Most of Illinois is rural with some heavily urbanized areas. It is also home to a large population of wildlife. The population of rabbits, mice and especially deer may be higher now than they have ever been. Now that snow has covered the natural browse, these animals are forced to feed on trees and shrubs–often on prized landscape plants. University of Illinois Extension Educator David Ro...

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Kids Gardening

New Hort Answers Website

Posted by Ron Wolford -

We are pleased to release the new Hort Answers website. It is a comprehensive guide to help homeowners living in the USDA Hardiness Zones 4, 5 & 6. It provides localized information to help select and care for plants as well as identify and manage plant diseases, insects and other problems. The site was developed by Bruce Paulsrud, former Extension Specialist, PAT; Jim Schuster, Ex...

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