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Rhonda J. Ferree

Rhonda J. Ferree
Former Extension Educator, Horticulture

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Rhonda Ferree's Horticulture Blog

Garden Day Events

I am scheduled to speak at several garden day events this spring. Garden day events are sponsored by University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners and are held all over the state. You can find a garden event to attend on almost every Saturday between late February and early April. My garden day circuit begins March 16 th in Macomb. This day features local experts speaking...

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Vegetable Planting Chart - Timing

Go to for more information on when to plant vegetables in your garden. Vegetable...

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Rain barrel savings

The drought of 2012 took a great toll not only on the plants in the garden but also on the gardener's wallet. "It was tough for some gardeners to decide which plants to water and which to let survive on their own," said University of Illinois horticulture educator Candice Miller. "Unfortunately, if a gardener did decide that watering was absolutely essential, they likel...

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Perennial Flower Garden Design

Have you ever seen a garden that just took your breath away? You visit two months later and the garden is again in full glory and you wonder how do people do it? How do you design a garden that offers visual interest through the seasons? Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension, highlights University of Illinois Extension resources that will he...

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Gardening to lose weight

Our New Year's determination and resolutions to eat better, lose weight, and exercise more have gone by the wayside, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "Being cooped up indoors doesn't help either," added Martha Smith. "We look out the window at our sleeping gardens, planning for the coming season as we munch on carb after sugary carb." But there is h...

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Gardening with Deer too Near

Plant damage from deer is an all too common question at most University of Illinois Extension offices. "Most of the calls are about feeding damage, but rubbing damage is also a problem," says Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension. Male deer damage trees and shrubs by rubbing their antlers on them. They do this in the fall to remove t...

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The Meaning of Flowers

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Do you have flowers ordered for your loved one? "Flowers are a great way to communicate your love and affection," says Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension. "Over the years, flowers have developed meaning and are known as a way to convey a special message." "Flowers can represent everything from friendship...

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