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Chicago Master Gardener

A blog for Chicago Master Gardeners providing information on volunteer opportunities, training, workshops and resources.
Soil

Life in the Soil: A Guide for Naturalists and Gardeners

Posted by Ron Wolford -

James B. Nardi, a University of Illinois biologist has written a book, Life in the Soil: A Guide for Naturalists and Gardeners that introduces you to all the creatures that live in our soil. Lavishly illustrated with nearly three hundred color illustrations and masterfully-rendered black and white drawings throughout, Life in the Soil invites naturalists and g...

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Organic Tomato

Midwest Organic Production and Management Conference

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Mark Kastel's dynamic speaking style, combined with the Cornucopia Institute's reputation as an "organics watchdog," make him perhaps the most provocative speaker in the country on issues related to agriculture, organics, and small farms. Kastel will be one of two keynote speakers at the Midwest Organic Production and Management Confere...

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Coleus

New Website: Fabulous Foliage

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Color can be the most impressive feature in the home garden, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator who developed a new website focusing on the use of foliage. "Color is the garden feature that often overrides those of texture and form and thus becomes the most impressive and memorable of all the garden qualities," explained Greg Stack. "We remember color long aft...

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Herb Sage

Herb Day 2008 in Urbana

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Dear Past and Future Herb Day Attendees: This letter is to announce that Herb Day 2008 has been scheduled for Saturday, January 19, from 8:00 am (when registration begins and the retail area opens) through 4:30 pm, at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 1001 Killarney St., Urbana, IL 217-328-7900. The Holiday Inn is just south and west of exit...

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Christmas presents

The Gardener's Place Column

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Take a moment out of your busy holiday activities to read " The Gardener's Place" a column written by Chicago Master Gardener MaryAnne Spinner and University of Illinois Extension horticulturists. Read MaryAnne's latest very timely article: Green for the Holidays:...

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