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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 your local office:

DuPage County at 630-955-1123 - Tu & Th, 9 am - noon

Kane County at 630-584-6166 - M-F, 10 am - 2 pm

Kendall County at 630-553-5823 - M-F, 9 am - 12:30 pm


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

Watch Your Garden Grow Illinois Master Gardeners Illinois Master Naturalists Green Side Up Podcast Backyard Fruits Lawn Talk

Additional Websites

  • Herb Gardening
    Guide to growing and using common herbs.
  • Harvesting Vegetables
    Learn about harvesting several common types of vegetables.
  • Vea Su Jardín Crecer
    Vea Su Jardín Crecer es su guía para escoger, preparar, cultivar y guardar vegetales comunes.
  • Gardener's Corner
    Four seasons of gardening information.
  • Directorio de Insectos
    Aprenda acerca de las pestes más comunes de la casa y del jardín en el Directorio de Insectos.
  • Successful Container Gardens
    A guide for choosing a container, selecting soil mixes, choosing and combining plants, fertilizing, watering and grooming basics.
  • 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.
  • Bug Review
    Pests bugging you? Check out The Bug Review.

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