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2018 All-America Selection winners by Bruce Black


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Gardeners' BIG Day is April 14

The nineteenth annual Gardeners' BIG Day is almost here! This year's event will be Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 8:00-3:00 at Dickson Mounds Museum. Attendees will hear speakers, visit vendors, and see gardening displays. Partnering sponsors include University of Illinois Extension Fulton and Mason County Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists, Spoon River Garden Club, and Dickson Mou...

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Cutting Garden in Master Gardener Demonstration gardens at ICC in E. Peoria.
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Bring your garden indoors with cut flowers

I love having fresh flowers on my kitchen table. They bring such beauty, energy, and life to the room. Every spring I vow to bring fresh flowers indoors all season, but I never seem to follow through very well. Maybe I would do better if I had a cut flower garden dedicated specifically to this purpose. My colleague Candice Hart provides the following tips for creating a cut flower garden....

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Perennial plant of the year – Allium 'Millenium'

URBANA, Ill. – The Perennial Plant Association has awarded the title Perennial Plant of the Year 2018 to  Allium 'Millenium'. This herbaceous perennial, a relative of the common onion, is a workhorse of the late summer garden. Bred by Mark McDonough, horticulture researcher from Massachusetts, 'Millenium' was introduced through Plant Delights Nursery in 2000 where it has proven itself y...

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Pollinator Gardens Grow in Popularity

News on the importance of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators continues to grow. Most people think of bees and butterflies when thinking about pollinators, but bats, beetles, moths, flies, hummingbirds, wasps, and more also spread pollen in some plants. As you plan your spring garden, Kelly Allsup, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, provides the following tips...

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Apply NOW for Spring 2018 Master Gardener Training

I am excited to announce that we are next University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener training class begins this spring! Training begins April 17 and is held one day a week until June 19. All sessions are held on Tuesdays, and all classes run 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Training includes both classroom lectures and outdoor activities. Master Gardeners learn how to improve home l...

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Morning glory (Ipomoea sp.)
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Vicious Vines

Vines add vertical beauty to a garden. Although most vines are desirable, some can viciously choke out other plants with their aggressive behavior. Let's look at four examples. The first two examples are annual plants, meaning that they germinate new plants from seed each spring and then die each fall. Morning glory ( Ipomoea sp.) is a good example of a beautiful annual...

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