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The Garden Scoop

Featuring weekly articles by Ryan Pankau, University of Illinois Horticulture Educator.
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Tis’ the Season to Give Thanks to Gardeners all around!

Posted by Ava Heap -

The holiday season can be a time to reflect on the year that has passed. During this season of parties and gatherings, take a moment to slow down and reflect – what was successful, what was left undone, and what do we want to be accomplished in the coming year. The Master Gardener program of the University of Illinois Extension serving Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion Counties ha...

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'The Twelve Plants of Christmas'

On my way up to Chicago this past weekend, I cringed when a certain well-known carol came on the radio. I immediately changed the station. It did however make me wonder as a plant lover, what are the twelve most important, can’t live without them, ‘Plants of Christmas’? Many, many miles later, I had my list. On the first day of Christmas, we bought a live Christmas tree. One of my earli...

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Why Become a Master Gardener?

Posted by Jenney Hanrahan -

When I am in the company of Master Gardeners I never cease to be humbled by their versatility and the sheer amount of knowledge and talent they possess. They come from all walks of life and are passionate about all aspects of gardening. Their interests cover everything from flowers and vegetables to herbs, gourds and beekeeping. Perhaps, the biggest benefit to being a Master Gardener is having...

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