Extension Professional Staff
Extension Educator, Horticulture
3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd.
Decatur, IL 62521
Expert in: general home horticulture, landscape design, home vegetable gardening, houseplants, ornamental grasses, herbaceous ornamentals, greenhouse production and management, floriculture, school and community gardening, botany
Candice Hart is responsible for offering leadership, developing community programs and providing expertise in Horticulture Sciences in Central Illinois. Her primary areas of focus are home horticultural, indoor plant, and greenhouse production topics and you can read her Hort in the Home Landscape blog here.
Hart graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor's degree in Horticulture Production and Management-Floriculture and a Master's Degree in Agricultural Education. While at the U of I, she was an active member of the Horticulture Club, as well as various other clubs and honor societies. Hart's experience includes serving as a teaching assistant, curriculum developer, camp educator, and research assistant. In addition, Hart has experience working in a research greenhouse setting at the U of I Plant Care Facility where she assisted in the growth and maintenance of various research crops.
Hart developed her love of horticulture growing up on a farm in rural Piper City, IL. Through various 4-H horticulture projects and by taking a horticulture class in high school, she was able to realize the possibility of horticulture as a career path. Candice's other interests include cake decorating and floral design, which she also discovered as a teenager in 4-H.
Hart is a member of the Illinois State Specialty Growers Association, the Perennial Plant Association, the Illinois State Horticultural Society, the Illinois State Florist's Association, and is an Illinois Certified Professional Florist and Certified Floral Designer.