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Richard Hentschel
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
535 South Randall Road
St. Charles, IL 60174-1591
Phone: 630-584-6166
FAX: 630-584-4610



Horticulture Happenings

For the U of I Extension Community Garden Webinar Series, click here.

The Master Gardener Help Desks operate during the growing season (March-Oct) in each county. Click here to learn more or contact your local office.

Gardening podcasts & videos - University of Illinois Extension Educator Richard Hentschel discusses timely horticulture issues in the Green Side Up Podcast and in-season garden videos, "This Week in the Garden" on Facebook or YouTube.

Questions? Contact Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator, Horticulture at

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  • Garden Calendar
    A helpful monthly guide to know what to do in your garden.
  • Adventures of Herman
    Squirmin' Herman the Worm teaches students all about worms and how to make their own worm bin in this interactive curriculum. (Intended for 1st-3rd grade students)
  • Las Aventuras de Herman
    Herman el Gusano Escurridizo enseña a los estudiantes todo acerca de los gusanos y como hacer su propio criadero de gusanos.
  • Soil Testing
    Need to test your soil? Here's what you need to know.
  • Hort Answers
    Learn more about the plants and their problems in your yard and garden.
  • Living with Wildlife in Illinois
    This website provides residents of Illinois with information about how to coexist with Illinois wildlife.
  • Let's Talk about Insects
    Join C.P. to learn the benefits of insects, their basic anatomy, and what makes an insect an insect. You can even create a new insect! (Intended for 3rd-5th grade students)
  • Hablemos de Insectos
    Únete a C.P. para que aprendas los beneficios, anatomía y muchas cosas más acerca de los insectos. ¡También puedes crear tu propio insecto!
  • Stepping Stones to Perennial Garden Design
    Learn how to design and maintain a perennial garden that will delight you with seasonal beauty year after year.

Local Resources and Information

    This series of webinar videos takes viewers through a variety of topics and discusses the different steps to develop a successful community garden.

  • Visit State Horticulture Website
    University of Illinois Extension state horticulture website, including links to various topics of interest

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