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Martha A. Smith
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
Phone: 309-756-9978
FAX: 309-756-9987

Tracy Jo Mulliken
Program Coordinator, Horticulture and Agriculture
University of Illinois Extension
321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
Phone: 309-756-9978
FAX: 309-756-9987



Turn to University of Illinois Extension for research-based information on home horticulture. From our Horticulture Hotline to the Homegrown Challenge Vegetable Gardening Classes, from the Spring Series Classes on Monday nights in April to the Spring Plant Sale, we are your go-to resource for all things plant-related.

Horticulture and Natural Resources

When you support University of Illinois Extension Horticulture program, you support a source of horticulture life-long learning for both general public and volunteers. Extension is the “go-to” place for non-biased environmentally sound advice in an approachable community based manner that connects people to their local concerns. Extension provides assistance for horticulture visions, providing residents with the tools to pursue meaningful change in both personal and communal environmental endeavors.  UIE leverages your backing through training volunteers, extending knowledge and encouraging environmental sustainability.  Horticulture is many things to many people. From landscape aesthetics to sustainable practices to vital food production you can turn to Extension for answers. Extending knowledge, changing lives.

When you support University of Illinois Extension, Master Gardeners and Master Naturalist volunteers achieve a personal meaningful purpose that without UIE resources would not be able to obtain in an affordable manner. Other sources of educational opportunities are often cost restrictive.  Extension provides the framework for these volunteers to make meaningful horticulture change in their own neighborhoods and communities. Extension is a conduit for people to connect with others of like-mind thinking.   We link their garden and landscape passion to purpose. Extending knowledge, changing lives.


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