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Rhonda's Program Offerings


Need a speaker for your organization? Below are the topics that I'm currently offering.

Weedy Vines. Poison ivy, oriental bittersweet, and trumpet creeper are just a few of the many vine weeds can be quite aggressive and especially difficult to manage. This session provides tips for identifying and managing common weedy vines in your home garden and landscape. (new in 2016)

Edible Landscaping. By combining fruit and nut trees, vegetables, herbs, edible flowers or berry bushes in aesthetically pleasing ways, edible landscapes can be just as attractive as ornamental ones. Learn how to eat your yard by creating a tasteful home landscape using edible plants. (new in 2016)

Pruning teaches the basics of how to properly maintain woody plants. (new in 2015)

Homeowner Pesticide Safety shows how to make safe, healthy pest control decisions. (new in 2015)

The Edible Indoor Garden. Gardening is not limited to outside in the summer. The Edible Indoor Garden shows you how to grow your own fresh herbs, salad greens, and more any time of the year.

Energy Efficient Landscaping Sustainable and energy efficient landscapes are common buzzwords in today's gardening circles and can be overwhelming to the novice gardener. Learn tips for how your landscape can help keep your energy costs down and make your yard more environmentally friendly.

Landscaping for Wildlife. Whether they fly, flutter, scoot or scurry, wildlife adds an extra element of excitement to our landscape, especially in winter. Discover uncomplicated and undemanding ways to develop an attractive landscape that birds, butterflies, and other wildlife will appreciate along with you.

Create a Shady Garden Respite. Rhonda covers both the art and science of gardening in the shade. She'll discuss how to garden in the shade and give a variety of plant options beyond the usual hosta and fern. You'll also learn other elements that are needed to round out a relaxing space that connects you with nature.

Communicating Your Garden. Learn how to capture your garden's beauty through recordkeeping, journaling, photography, and sketching.

Tea Gardens. The tradition of making and taking tea in the garden is steeped garden history. Today tea gardens also provide enchanting outdoor spaces that are soothing, productive, sustainable, and lovely to visit. This session covers several types of tea gardens and the tea garden design components that make these great spaces to enjoy tea. Various plants used to make tea will also be covered.

How to Have Healthy Houseplants. Houseplants add life and beauty to a home. Learn simple tips to select and care for houseplants. After this program, even those with "brown garden thumbs" will know how to have healthy houseplants throughout their home. (Also available: Houseplant Propagation)

Lawncare Tips. Lawns are an important part of most home landscapes. The secret to a lush, green lawn is proper lawn care practices. This session provides tips for establishing and maintaining the yard of your dreams.

Tranquil Landscape Series
Rhonda Ferree shares tips for creating tranquil outdoor gardens that are easy to maintain. Her "Words of Weed Wisdom" teach you how to managing weeds in your home garden and landscape. In "Creating a Shady Garden Respite", Rhonda discusses shade garden design that is not only beautiful, but also creates a peaceful outdoor respite. Her new "Tea Gardens" program covers several types of plants grown to make tea and discusses tea garden design components that create great spaces to enjoy tea. In "Landscaping for Wildlife" you'll discover uncomplicated and undemanding ways to develop an attractive landscape that birds, butterflies, and other wildlife will appreciate along with you.

Indoor Gardening Series
Gardening is not limited to outside in the summer. Rhonda Ferree provides tips for growing plants indoors all year long. During "How to Have Healthy Houseplants" Rhonda explains how houseplants not only add life and beauty to a home, but also help clean the indoor air. Learn simple tips to select and care for houseplants. Learn to propagate your own houseplants using a number of different techniques during "Houseplant Propagation," where everyone takes home a new plant. "Start Seeds Indoors" teaches how to save money and grow varieties you want to plant in your garden next spring. "The Edible Indoor Garden" shows you how to grow your own fresh herbs, salad greens, and more any time of the year.

Whimsical Garden Fun
Have fun with Rhonda Ferree as she combines the science of gardening with a bit of art and culture. "The Meaning of Flowers" will show you how to send the most appropriate floral message this Valentine's Day, using subtle floral messages that allow us to express our unspoken feelings. In "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, & Thyme," Rhonda will play her guitar, sing Scarborough Fair, and discuss these four beautiful herbs, including their lost herbal meanings, how to grow them, and their common uses. In "Communicating Your Garden" you'll learn how to capture your garden's beauty through journaling, photography, and sketching.

Do It Yourself Landscaping
Rhonda Ferree provides tips for creating your own affordable landscape. "Energy Efficient Landscaping" gives tips for how your landscape can help keep your energy costs down and make your yard more environmentally friends. "New Plant Runway" covers current top plants to try in your garden. "Bargain Gardens" provides gardening tips and ideas that will save you money. "Landscaping Renewal and Renovation" covers how to address landscapes following a disaster.

Spring Garden Activities
After a long, hard winter gardeners are itching to get out into the dirt. Rhonda Ferree, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, provides some tips to help get you started. During "Lawncare Tips", you'll learn the secret to having the lush, green lawn of your dreams. "Crafty Containers" provides recipes for outstanding container displays. "Pruning" teaches the basics of how to properly maintain woody plants. "Homeowner Pesticide Safety" shows how to make safe, healthy pest control decisions.

To request a program contact
Rhonda Ferree
Extension Educator in Horticulture and State Master Naturalist Coordinator

ferreer@illinois.edu

University of Illinois Extension
127 S. High St., Suite 1
Havana, IL 62644

phone 309.543.3308309.543.3308 fax 309.543.6239

 

 

 



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