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Kids Learn about Monarchs with Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists

Posted by Monica David -
"My favorite part of this class was releasing a monarch butterfly!" This was by far the most common comment by students enrolled in a new project designed to encourage children to understand and appreciate the amazing life cycle of the monarch butterfly and the relationship of this iconic state insect to Illinois' native prairie plants. On six Saturday mornings in late August and Septem...

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Effingham Master Gardeners Empower Youth to End Hunger

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Effingham County Master Gardeners teamed up with area 4-H members to grow produce to donate to the local food pantry. Enduring Freedom Ministries is a food pantry located in Shumway, IL and director, Vickie Kight, was grateful to receive the donations as they rarely have fresh vegetables to offer to their clients. We had a total of 10 kids join the club for the first year! The kids bega...

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Spotted Lanternfly- A New Pest to Watch for in Illinois

Posted by Monica David -
International trade has brought another exotic pest to North America. The spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula , has been detected in parts of Pennsylvania. Native to China, India, Japan, and Vietnam, it already is an invasive pest in Korea. This planthopper uses its tubular mouthparts to pierce phloem tissues of foliage and young stems on trees and other woody plants and suc...

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Watching 3-D videos of trees helps people recover from stress

Posted by Monica David -
Many studies have confirmed nature's stress-reduction properties but a recent study by researchers at the University of Illinois is believed to be the first study to describe a dose-response derived from exposure to nature. For males, exposure to a six minute video with moderate tree cover density evoked about three times the reduction as watching a video with no trees.  Post doc Bin J...

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Volunteers plant trees in Washington IL one year after tornado strikes.

Volunteers Help with Tree Planting in Washington, IL.-One Year after Tornado

Posted by Monica David -
Tis the season for giving. A perfect example is the donation of time and labor on November 6 in Washington Illinois. Thirty five volunteers from Caterpillar worked alongside Illinois Landscape Contractors Association volunteers to plant 180 trees at 60 homes. Washington Illinois was devastated by a fierce tornado about one year ago- November 17, 2013 which destroyed homes, businesses an...

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Master Gardeners harvest produce at Henry White Farm.

Master Gardeners Donate 5 tons of Produce

Posted by Monica David -
University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners from Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties had a record setting growing season at the Henry White Farm near Millstadt, IL.  Over 5 tons of fresh produce was harvest including tomatoes, squash, peppers, sweet potatoes and watermelons. The produce is donated to area food pantries in Belleville and O'Fallon twice a week. The produce donation this sum...

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Master Gardener Middle School Garden Teaches Kids Hands-on Horticulture

Posted by Monica David -
The Germantown Hills Middle School Learning Garden was built in the large empty courtyard of the school. Master Gardeners designed eight garden areas.  High school students helped bring in compost and mulch by wheelbarrow. Next the bones were added- trees shrubs and perennials. The school constructed pathways, some raised beds and a koi pond with a waterfall. Gazebo seating was added. The eight...

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