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Rhonda Ferree's Horticulture Blog

Victory Gardens Make a Comeback

Today is my cousin Lyle's birthday. Lyle is a great gardener and food preserver. Each year he grows and preserves many quarts of tomato juice and more. As I think about Lyle's garden, the Victory Gardens of old come to mind. One of the biggest trends in gardening today is community gardens. In many ways Community Gardens are the Victory Garden of today. Victory Gardens, also called war...

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Coffee

"Coffee is not only a popular drink, but also part of our history and culture." Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension, looks at coffee from a Jamaican viewpoint based on a trip she took there a few years ago." Jamaicans are quite proud of their Blue Mountain coffee," says Ferree. "According to them, it is the best because the mountainous climate at 7402 feet ab...

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2012 Year in Review

My goal in 2012 was for my horticulture program to inspire citizens in local communities to grow their own food and improve their home landscapes. We delivered this information to residents in Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell counties in various ways. We achieved media success using new approaches and technology, current information on emerging issues such as Japanese beetl...

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Breaking ground for a new butterfly house at Wildlife Prairie Park in Peoria on December 6, 2012.

Butterfly Garden at Wildlife Prairie State Park in Peoria

Volunteers broke ground on December 6th for a new butterfly house at Wildlife Prairie Park in Peoria. Pictured at the ground breaking are University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners Lee Maki (right)and Bonnie Hunt (second from right); Jason Boerger, Wildlife Prairie Park General Manager; and a volunteer Cat operator from the Edwards Demonstration and Learning Center. A group of Peoria County...

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Gift ideas for the indoor gardener
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Gifts Ideas for the Gardener

Are you searching for the "perfect" gift for a gardener in your family? Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension, provides the following some ideas that might prove helpful. Gardeners always love gift plants and flowers. Since gardeners tend to be choosy about the type of plants they grow, get them a gift certificate to their favorite nursery. Or, give them a...

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Community Garden resources

Check out the community garden toolkit and resource links shown below and at right. Community Gardening Toolkit from University of Missouri Extension Cook County Community Garden Scoop-It...

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