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Get Ready for the Season of Education!

Posted by Candice Hart - Programs

Now is the time of year when you're probably getting pretty stir crazy stuck inside because of the snow and cold weather. If you're like me, you're dreaming of being out in your garden working away. That time will come soon, but now is the time to starting planning for next year's garden by gaining some new knowledge! We have a variety of great gardening programs coming up in the Northwestern I...

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2014 Korean Master Gardener International Conference

Posted by Candice Hart - Programs

Travel truly can open up one's eyes to a completely different world and can be life-changing. This certainly was my experience when I visited South Korea this past month. I saw many great and inspiring things occurring in this country. How did I end up in South Korea, you make ask? Well, earlier this year I sent in a proposal to speak at the 2014 Korean Master Gardener International Con...

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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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Fall Master Gardener Training Offered in Ogle County!

Posted by Candice Hart - Programs

University of Illinois Extension is pleased to announce that Master Gardener Training will be held in Ogle County on Fridays beginning September 5 to November 21. This will be the first time that training will be offered in the fall instead of the spring! The trainings will be held from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Ogle County Extension office located at 421 W. Pines Rd. in Oregon. Interested peop...

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Great Gardening Spots of the Rockford Area

Posted by Candice Hart - Programs

Great Gardening Spots of the Rockford Area The Rockford area is really a great destination for gardeners of all types. There are a number of great garden spots and garden centers to visit. Enough that these alone could easily keep you busy for a weekend of garden exploration suitable for all ages. Below is a brief list of some of the great gardening spots to exp...

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Become a Master Gardener!

Posted by Candice Hart - Programs

Ever think about becoming a Master Gardener? If not, then you should! Master Gardeners are a great group of people and I thoroughly enjoy working with them and providing them education! Master Gardeners are members of the local community who are interested in gardening and the environment. They participate in an extensive training program and commit to completing a certain number of vol...

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Have a Gardening Question? Ask a Local Master Gardener!

Posted by Candice Hart - Programs

Spring has finally sprung! Meaning the Master Gardeners are back at their help desks to answer your questions! Here in northwestern Illinois, every county has a group of master gardeners, who as part of their volunteer service, spend time in the office each week answering gardening questions from the public. See the chart below for the dates and times the master gardeners are in t...

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Love Gardening? Become a Master Gardener!

Posted by Candice Hart - Programs

U of I Extension is recruiting garden lovers to join their organization! With more volunteers, your local Master Gardeners could grow their community impact even more. What exactly is a Master Gardener you may ask? The Master Gardener program, sponsored by University of Illinois Extension, provides training for adult volunteers who help disseminate up-to-date, research-based horticultur...

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