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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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Woodford County Master Gardeners in the Simpson-Bandeko Learning Garden.

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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Master Gardeners lead the effort for a community garden at Sherman Hospital.

Kane County Master Gardeners Lead Community Gardening Efforts at Sherman Hospital

Posted by Monica David -
The Sherman Hospital Community Gardens were built in 2011 to improve the health and eating habits of hospital employees, volunteers and guests. The season begins with a spring kick-off where Master Gardeners teach others about gardening basics and informational booths are set up to give information on mulch and maximizing garden space. Once the planting season begins, monthly newsletters are wr...

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Vermilion County Master Gardeners Create A Discovery Garden

Posted by Monica David -
The Discovery garden is a partnership between Master Gardeners, the city of Danville and many other community organizations to create a garden on the site where Douglas School was demolished. The presence of poor soil resulted in the construction of berms and raised beds. The site has limited water and so drought hardy plants were chosen. Donations and grant money came in slowly but the group h...

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Youth at the Eng Farm learn about ladybugs.
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DeKalb County Master Gardeners Teach Others to Garden at the Sycamore History Museum

Posted by Monica David -
The five acre Engh farm is owned by the city of Sycamore in DeKalb County Illinois and was a working farm until 8 years ago. This project is a collaboration between the museum board, the city, Master Gardeners and other volunteers. Multiple donations make this project work- including a local farmer who moved stones in, donation of a greenhouse from the old hospital and donation of a tractor fro...

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