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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 in each county. Click on your county at the right to learn more or call:

DuPage County at 630-955-1123

Kane County at 630-584-6166

Kendall County at 630-553-5823

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

Featured Websites

Garden Calendar Illinois Master Gardeners Illinois Master Naturalists Green Side Up Podcast Stepping Stones to Perennial Garden Design Wildflowers

Additional Websites

  • Gardening with Perennials
    Gardening with Perennials will tell you how to plant and care for a garden that will bloom year after year.
  • Gardening with Annuals
    Find out how annual flowers can brighten your garden.
  • Plantas para Interiores
    Descubra la planta de interiores ideal para su casa.
  • Gardener's Corner
    Four seasons of gardening information.
  • Caminos para el Diseño de Jardines
    Aprenda a diseñar y mantener un jardín de plantas perennes que año tras año le sorprenderá con su belleza.
  • Illini Plant and Pest Podcast
    Staff from the University of Illinois Plant Clinic discuss current pest and plant-disease problems affecting field crops, horticultural crops and greenspaces, as well as home landscapes and gardens.
  • Adventures of Herman
    Squirmin' Herman the Worm teaches students all about worms and how to make their own worm bin in this interactive curriculum. (Intended for 1st-3rd grade students)
  • Las Aventuras de Herman
    Herman el Gusano Escurridizo enseña a los estudiantes todo acerca de los gusanos y como hacer su propio criadero de gusanos.
  • Houseplants
    Find out what houseplant is best for your growing conditions.

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