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Richard Hentschel
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
535 South Randall Road
St. Charles, IL 60174-1591
Phone: 630-584-6166
FAX: 630-584-4610



Horticulture Happenings

The Master Gardener Help Desks operate during the growing season (March-Oct) in each county. Click on your county at the right to learn more or call your local office.


You also may email your county's Master Gardeners at:

DuPage County at

Kane County at

Kendall County at


Check out the Green Side Up Radio Show - University of Illinois Extension Educator, Richard Hentschel discusses timely horticulture issues Thursday mornings on the WDCB radio "Morning Edition." Tune to 90.9 FM at 5:23 a.m. and check out the Green Side Up Podcasts at

Questions? Contact Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator, Horticulture at

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