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Children prepare to plant at zoo garden.

Master Gardeners Create a Children's Garden at the Henson Robinson Zoo

The Master Gardeners of Sangamon- Menard counties are educating youth about gardening at the Henson Robinson Zoo.The goal of the Zoo garden is to nurture the imagination and curiosity of children through creative exploration. With an annual attendance of 85,000 to the zoo, this garden provides a living laboratory for nature study. The garden incorporates themed areas and educational activities. Ph...

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Posted by Monica David at 2:18PM on 8/19/2014
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Lee County Master Gardener Three Sisters Garden.

Lee County Master Gardeners Three Sisters Garden

The Plum Creek Arboretum was the site for the Lee County Master Gardener's Three Sisters Garden. The garden was planted in the spring of 2013 by the Master Gardener's, beginning with the corn seeds. The beans and squash were added later. Signs were posted with information on the history of the Three Sisters Garden, information on the plants, and information on how the plants sustain each other....

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Posted by Monica David at 1:55PM on 7/28/2014
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Clients help deadhead roses at InTouch

Intouch Enabling Garden Offers Hands-on Gardening for Clients In Quad Cities

Intouch Adult Day Service, one of the largest adult daycares in Illinois, is located in Moline. It provides services to the counties of Rock Island, Mercer and Henry in Illinois and Scott in Iowa. Intouch provides a variety of services and programs to meet their clients' needs, including social activities, meals, general assistance and supervision for those who need it, and, of course, Garden C...

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Posted by Monica David at 10:06AM on 7/14/2014
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Planting day for Schuyler County youth gardeners.

Schuyler County Junior Master Gardeners Learn about Gardening

Worms, fairy gardens, a butterfly habitat, stepping stones and living tunnels were used to WOW a new group of Junior Master Gardeners in Schuyler County. Master Gardeners met in the Community Garden with 14 youth for six weekly sessions. The Master Gardener Mini Grant was used to purchase worms for vermicomposting, WOW seeds (including swan gourds, wee bee little pumpkins, yard long beans, sunf...

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Posted by Monica David at 1:40PM on 6/30/2014
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DuPage- Japanese beetle control at Loves and Fishes garden

DuPage County Master Gardeners Feed the Hungry through Community Gardens

DuPage County – Community Gardening Master Gardeners in DuPage County would like to thank the State MG Advisory Board for the much appreciated support. We had a very successful year and were able to donate almost 6,000 pounds of fresh produce to local food pantries from our 3 community garden locations: The Heritage Garden in Downers Grove, Loaves & Fishes Garden in...

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Posted by Monica David at 11:31AM on 6/16/2014
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Site of McKinley Park Community Garden before planting.

Cook County Master Gardeners Build McKinley Park Community Garden

In January 2013 a group of passionate neighbors on the near southwest side of Chicago had big dreams for a new community garden in our neighborhood. All we had was an empty lot—and a lot of work ahead to make it happen. Thanks in large part to the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program mini-grant, the McKinley Park Community Garden raised enough money to break groun...

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Posted by Monica David at 11:26AM on 6/3/2014
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New plant identification card great tool for teachers or home gardeners

Whether you are teaching or studying horticulture plant identification, a new resource produced by the University of Illinois can help even beginner horticulturalists to distinguish a white fir from a white pine, or an azalea from a gardenia, for example. Pubs Plus, the educational publishing unit of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and U of I Extensio...

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Posted by Monica David at 11:44AM on 4/30/2014
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