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Rhonda J. Ferree

Rhonda J. Ferree
Former Extension Educator, Horticulture

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Passion Flower

I taught a Whimsical Garden Fun series for Bradley University's OLLI program this month. This one was a bit different for me because I combined the science of gardening with a bit of art and culture. The first day, during Communicating Your Garden, I taught how to capture a garden's beauty through journaling, photography, and sketching. The second day we discussed The Meaning of Flowe...

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Mother in Laws Tongue houseplant (Sansevieria)
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A Houseplant Anyone Can Grow…Mother-In-Laws Tongue

If you have trouble growing houseplants, the Mother-in-Laws tongue is for you. "The Mother-In-Laws Tongue ( Sansevieria trifasciata ), also known as snake plant, is one of the most durable houseplants and is a plant that anyone can grow," says Rhonda Ferree, extension educator in horticulture. "This plant is extremely easy to grow, tolerates neglect and a wide ra...

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Herb Gardening Resources

A few of my favorite Herb Garden resources The Complete Book of Herbs – Lesley Bremness; Dorling Kindersley Publishing Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs, Rodale Press Websites to check out University of Illinois Herb website Herb Qua...

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The Meaning of Flowers

This is for the participants in my class today at Bradley University's OLLI program. January - Carnation General - Fascination Pink – I'll never forget you Red- Admiration (My Heart Breaks) Purple – Capriciousness (fickle) White – Sweet and lovely, innocence, love Yellow – Disdain Solid – Yes...

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Recycling Food Scraps

This year I plan to write once a month about one of the 12 garden trends from the 2014 Garden Media Group report. The trends are based on many facts and figures. They include technology and smart gardening techniques meant to find balance in the garden. The first garden trend is Ground Up: table to garden to table. According to the natural marketing institute, only 25%...

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Horticulture Social Media Sites

During a program today I was asked for a listing of horticulture social media sites. Here is what I came up with. This features most of our Extension sites, plus a few more. Enjoy! Blogs Current Extension Horticulture Blogs...

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Learn Something New in 2014

My grandma Simmons used to tell me that we should learn something new every day. I still think that is a great idea and have decided to make that my New Year's resolution this year. If you want to join me, University of Illinois Extension can help. We cover many topics, including gardening. Our Master Gardener program provides the most comprehensive educational opportunity for gardeners...

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