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Hummingbird moth on honeysuckle vine on May 7, 2012
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The Good, the Bad and the Lovely Plants: Free Webinar Series

University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educators addresses Garden Biodiversity with a free webinar series called "The Good, the Bad and the Lovely Plants." Illinois horticulturists and gardeners revel in interesting plant characteristics but do not want to cultivate plants that disrupt the biodiversity of our natural Illinois landscape. Cultivating the biodiversity of plants in the Illi...

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Jamaican caper (Capparis cynophallophora)

The Great Pepper Caper

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The Edible Indoor Garden

Many of us have vegetable gardens that provide us with delicious, fresh produce all summer long, but do you also grow food indoors in the winter? Gardening is not limited to outside in the summer. I'll teach you how in my upcoming program The Edible Indoor Garden . As I researched and prepared for this program, I was amazed by how many food crops you can actually grow indoors....

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Garden Day Events Abound!

Learn more about gardening by attending a garden day event this spring. "Garden day events are sponsored by University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners and are held all over the state," says Rhonda Ferree, University of Illinois Extension educator in horticulture. "You can find a garden event to attend on almost every Saturday between late February and early April...

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Bee on purple cone flower

Bee-nificial Bees!

Beekeeping is an increasingly popular backyard hobby. It also fits the growing trend to protect pollinators, which are so important to our food supply. There are many different types of bees. Bumble bees are the only truly social bees native to the United States. They are important pollinators and according to a University of Minnesota entomology website, are used commercially to pollinate cro...

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JP CDL 4-3-10 Lemons and limes in arrangement with hydrangea and tulips photo by Dave Crutchfield
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The Meaning of Flowers

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Do you have flowers ordered for your loved one? "Flowers are a great way to communicate your love and affection," says Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension. "Over the years, flowers have developed meaning and are known as a way to convey a special message." "Flowers can represent everything from friendship...

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Seed Catalog Lingo

Now is the time of year when we prepare our seed catalog orders for spring. Seed catalogs can tell you a lot, provided you understand the "lingo". Greg Stack, Retired Horticulture Extension Educator, provided the following information before he retired to help people better understand the lingo of plant seed catalogs, such as F1 hybrids, determinate and indeterminate, monoecious, gynoecious, gynoe...

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