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Rhonda Ferree's Horticulture Blog
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Water Mature Trees and Shrubs During Drought Periods

Most people assume that established trees and shrubs can handle drought conditions. Often this is true, but the severe weather extremes that we've had in recent years has depleted reserves and stressed many plants. Please don't ignore your older trees and shrubs. Mature woody landscape plants often do not exhibit symptoms from underwatering for several months; or, some cases it takes 3-...

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2017 State Outstanding Master Gardener Award winner May Bach with Dr. Czapar
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Award Winning Master Gardeners

I am continually impressed and humbled by what our University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners accomplish. Although they all deserve accolades, several of our local Master Gardeners were recently recognized at the 2017 Illinois Master Gardener Conference in Normal for their outstanding efforts. May Bach, Jennifer Bass, and Kathy Edwards were among 36 Master Gardeners receiving the...

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2017 University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener teamwork award for Wildlife Federation Mayor%u2019s Monarch Garden in Pekin, Illinois. Pictured are Dr. Czapar, Dr. Bissonnette, Susan McCabe, Margaret Kelly, Jennifer Bass, and Carol Cihla.

Pekin Garden Wins State Master Gardener Award

A team of eight University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners was awarded a teamwork award for their Wildlife Federation Mayor's Monarch Garden in Pekin, Illinois. The award was presented during University of Illinois Extension's annual master gardener conference in Normal on September 8, 2017. This group's project planted seeds of knowledge in young people to develop their love for...

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Popcorn

Enjoy Locally Grown Popcorn on the Spoon River Drive

I love popcorn! Each year I buy kettle corn at one or more locations along the Spoon River Drive. It is a good possibility that the popcorn I purchase was grown and packaged locally. Mason County, Illinois grows a lot of popcorn! In 2012, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service's Census of Agriculture ranked Mason County the No. 1 producer of popcorn in the United States with...

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2017 State Outstanding Master Gardener Award winner May Bach with Dr. Czapar
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Peoria County has Award Winning Master Gardeners

May Bach and Jennifer Bass were honored for their outstanding contributions to University of Illinois Extension's Master Gardener Program during the 2017 Illinois Master Gardener Conference in Normal. May and Jennifer were among 36 Master Gardeners receiving the State Outstanding Master Gardener Award. They are each involved in various projects in the Peoria area. May Bach was t...

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2017 State Outstanding Master Gardener Award winner Kathy Edwards with Rhonda Ferree

Kathy Edwards Named State Outstanding Master Gardener

Kathy Edwards was one of 36 University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners honored for their outstanding contributions to Illinois' Master Gardener Program. She was named a State Outstanding Master Gardener at the 2017 Illinois State Master Gardener Conference in Normal. Kathy has been an active Master Gardener in Fulton County since 2007. Her many projects include educational garden...

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Nature Journaling Reduces Stress

I've mentioned many times that I love to journal, and I usually write surrounded by plants and nature. I use nature journaling as a creative form of self-expression, but I find that it also promotes relaxation and calmness. Many people journal. In its most basic form, journaling is a daily record of news and events that happen in a person's life. Writing down our day-to-day happenings s...

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