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Hort in the Home Landscape

A blog devoted to sharing timely horticulture topics and answering the questions of gardeners and homeowners.
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POTW: Cardoon

Plant of the Week! This week's plant is an unusual one that you don't see planted too often. The Cardoon ( Cynara cardunculus ) is a perennial, hardy to zone 7, which is closely related to globe artichoke. I've seen this unique vegetable growing in various gardens this summer and the foliage is really striking. The silvery leaves of cardoon can r...

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POTW: Swiss Chard

Plant of the Week! This week's plant is not only an ornamental, but it's also edible. Swiss chard ( Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla ) will produce fresh white, orange, yellow, pink, or red leaf stalks making it a colorful addition to the vegetable garden, as well as to the landscape. Think about trying swiss chard as an edging plant for the landscape...

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First Detector Program Returning to Northern Illinois

Posted by Candice Hart - Programs

The popular First Detector Program, is returning to northern Illinois next year, this time with more new topics. Kelly Estes, Agriculture Pest Survey Coordinator, announced the dates for the 2015 Illinois First Detector Workshops last week. This is the third year the First Detector Workshops will be offered. Once again, new topics on current and emerging invasive plants, pathogens, and...

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