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Prairies to Perennials

An almanac of all things that grow in Lincoln's backyard.

Common Oak Pests in Illinois Webinar

The summer series of University of Illinois Extension's Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship and backyard food production, gets underway this month. Quercus Quandaries: Common Oak pests in Illinois will be offered on Tuesday, July 26, at 1:30 p.m. Join Dia...

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Worms Eat Our Food Scraps

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The Imagination Station Children's Garden at Henson Robinson Zoo recently welcomed some new garden helpers…WORMS! University of Illinois Extension Logan-Menard-Sangamon Master Gardener and Master Naturalist volunteers added the worm bin to the garden on June 10. The worm bin houses red wigglers. These worms are known as surface feeders and live in depths from 6 to 18 inches which is why...

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Evening in the Garden

University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener volunteers will offer "Evening in the Garden" on Thursday, July 21, from 5:30 – 7 pm. This event will showcase Master Gardener demonstration garden projects including Small Fruits, Perennial, Herb, Idea and Compost. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions on the wide variety of annuals, herbs, perennials, and fruits in their 5,000 square f...

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Lead Plant

When considering native plants to add to your garden, don't overlook Lead Plant, Amorpha canescens . It is an herbaceous, multi-stemmed perennial that grows 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide. If this is a little tall for your garden location, the size is easily managed by pruning. Lead Plant has a deep branching root system good for erosion control and is easy to grow in any sunny well-draine...

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Butterfly Weed In Bloom

Perhaps you've noticed the bright orange pops of color in fields and along roadsides? Butterfly weed is currently in bloom throughout Illinois. Butterfly weed ( Asclepias tuberosa ) is a native perennial that grows in dry open woods, prairies, fields, and along roadsides. Typically, it grows in a clump 1 to 3 feet tall and features clusters of bright orange to yellow- orange flow...

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Amish Cockscomb

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Amish Cockscomb, Celosia cristata , is an annual flower that has beautiful fuzzy red flower heads. This plant is currently growing in the Dean Heirloom Garden at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, 413 South Eighth St., Springfield, Illinois.  At the Dean Heirloom Vegetable Garden, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener volunteers educate visitors about gardening in 1860'...

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