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Chicago Urban Gardening

The day to day experiences of a University of Illinois Extension Urban Horticulture Educator in Chicago, Illinois
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Get to Know your Christmas Tree

Posted by Ron Wolford - Holidays

Before you purchase a Christmas tree this year, take a little time to research tree characteristics like color, length of needles, aroma and needle retention. The following Christmas Tree species or types are sold and grown in the United States. Eastern Red Cedar – Junirperus vigi...

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Select the Perfect Christmas Tree this Holiday Season!

Posted by Ron Wolford - Holidays

Selecting the "perfect" Christmas tree this holiday season is simply a matter of following a few steps, according to a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "Picking out the perfect tree can be a fun, memory-filled family tradition," said Ron Wolford. Wolford offers the following tips to help select a fresh tree for the home and keep it looking its best....

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Keep Your Poinsettia Alive

Posted by Ron Wolford - Holidays

Poinsettias represent 80 percent of all potted plant sales in the United States during the holiday season. There are more than 100 varieties of poinsettias available today. They come in a myriad of colors like red, white, pink and burgundy. Keeping your poinsettia healthy during the holiday season in dry indoor environments can be...

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Christmas Tree Care Safety Tips

Posted by Ron Wolford - Holidays

According to the National Fire Protection Association between 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 210 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 7 deaths, 19 injuries, and $17.5 million in direct property damage annually. To...

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12 Interesting Christmas Trees Facts

Posted by Ron Wolford - Holidays

What do you really know about Christmas trees and their history? The following are a few interesting Christmas tree facts . The tradition of an official Chicago Christmas tree was initiate...

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10 Interesting Facts about Poinsettias

Posted by Ron Wolford - Holidays

No flower says Christmas like the beautiful poinsettia. Learn a few facts about this traditional Christmas plant. Poinsettias are part of the Euphorbiaceae or Spurge family. Botanically, the plant is known as Euphorbia pulcherrima. Many plants in the Euphorbiaceae family ooze a...

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Christmas tree choosing

Get to Know your Christmas Tree

Posted by Ron Wolford - Holidays

Before you purchase a Christmas tree this year, take a little time to research tree characteristics like color and length of needles, aroma and needle retention. The following Christmas Tree species or types are sold and grown in the United States. Deodar Cedar – Cedrus deodara...

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Choose the Perfect Christmas Tree

Posted by Ron Wolford - Holidays

Selecting the "perfect" Christmas tree this holiday season is simply a matter of following a few steps, according to a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "Picking out the perfect tree can be a fun, memory-filled family tradition," said...

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