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Is It Okay To Bring Plant Material Home From My Travel Abroad?

Posted by Monica David -
Gardeners traveling abroad often inquire about whether it is ok to bring seeds or plants back from their trip. US Government regulations mandate that plant materials (including seeds) are required to be inspected and issued a phytosanitary certificate by the country of origin BEFORE they can be brought into the US. These items should also be declared on the customs form that is required for ree...

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McHenry Master Gardeners Teach the Basics of Growing Vegetables at Community Gardens

Posted by Monica David -
The Community/Pantry Gardens of McHenry County revolve around two main sites (Harvard and Woodstock) and also include smaller sites in various parts of the county. The primary goal of these gardens are to provide fresh produce for our local food pantries, by partnering with other groups and organizations within the county. Past partners are: Harvard Lions Club, City of Harvard, Harvard HS FFA,...

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Junior Master Gardeners in Macoupin County Learn about Gardening

Posted by Monica David -
The Junior Master Gardener program in Macoupin County targeted 4-6 grade students in an after-school setting from 3:00-5:00 p.m. for 6 weeks in the spring and 6 weeks in the fall. In Fall 2013 Master Gardeners worked with elementary teacher Suzanne Humphreys to establish a berm for perennials and bulbs. Four chapters of the Jr. Master Gardener manual were used as a basis for teaching the basics of...

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Kids Learn about Monarchs with Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists

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"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

Posted by Monica David -
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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