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This beautiful display of fall blooming chrysanthemums at the home of Ron and Joan Bankes, 826 Taylor Ct. in Canton is the October 2010 recipient of the
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Fall Garden Tips

Fall is a fun, exciting, and busy time for gardeners. Many gardening activities are done in fall and some can only be done now. Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension, says, "Think of fall as the start of next year's growing season, not the end of this gardening year." Mums (chrysanthemums to some) are a very popular fall flowering plant. They have be...

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Avoid Oriental Bittersweet!

Each year I seem to battle more and more difficult and very invasive weeds on my property. These include honeysuckle, garlic mustard, burning bush, and bittersweet. Oriental bittersweet is quickly invading my landscape beds. This plant seems to grow everywhere and spreads very quickly. Although it has beautiful orange fall fruit, birds and other animals disperse the seeds to other locations. I...

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Program Helps Communities Prepare for Emerald Ash Borer

Recent discoveries of Emerald Ash Borer in Peoria and Tazewell counties underscore the need for communities to be proactive against Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). University of Illinois Extension held an Emerald Ash Borer Community Preparedness Planning Workshop on October 2 nd in East Peoria. The program was attended by local officials, municipalities, park districts, arborists, and other...

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Master Gardener Margaret Kelly gives iris presentation as part of the Summer Gardening Series.
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Join our master gardener team

We need you! University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners' are "Helping Others Learn to Grow." Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension says, "I am quite proud of the work our Master Gardeners have done in our Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Extension Unit, but there is more work to be done." In 2013, 176 Master Gardener volunteers co...

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Pothos (Devil's Ivy)
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Garden Trend 10 – Think Gardens

Time for our next gardening trend of 2014: Think Gardens . This trend is all about how plants make us smarter, more productive and less stressed and is why we need them in our offices, schools, hospitals, and more. Green is the color of peace and serenity and important for our psychological well-being. Plants play a big role in filling that psychological need. M...

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Compost bins at Illinois governors mansion in Springfield, IL
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Recycled Leaves Make Inexpensive Mulch

Fall brings wiener roasts, festivals, and leaf removal. Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension, suggests making good use of the fallen leaves in your yard. The tree leaves that accumulate in and around your landscape represent a valuable natural resource that can be used to provide a good source of organic matter and nutrients for use...

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Swag made from cedar, pine, boxwood, bittersweet, decorated with a bow on an old chair.
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Horticulture on the Spoon River Drive

It is Spoon River Drive time again! Each year I am drawn to items made from natural materials, including woodcarvings, dried flower arrangements, decorative plants, and so much more. I have been going on the drive since I was a child. I used to go every year with my grandparents. Grandpa (Max Simmons) always bought two items each year: sorghum syrup and a birdhouse. I hope to find a birdhouse...

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