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Rhonda J. Ferree

Rhonda J. Ferree
Former Extension Educator, Horticulture

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Morning glory (Ipomoea sp.)
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Vicious Vines

Vines add vertical beauty to a garden. Although most vines are desirable, some can viciously choke out other plants with their aggressive behavior. Let's look at four examples. The first two examples are annual plants, meaning that they germinate new plants from seed each spring and then die each fall. Morning glory ( Ipomoea sp.) is a good example of a beautiful annual...

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Master Gardeners Provide Gardening Tips at Various Events

In 2017, 167 Master Gardener volunteers contributed over 10,000 hours in the Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell Counties. The value of their volunteer service is $263,000 (as calculated by Independent Sector). Master Gardeners have several large events scheduled in our four-county Extension Unit. Stop by their informational booth at the Peoria Home Show on February 23-25 in the...

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Four Seasons Gardening Program Offers 2018 Winter Series

The Winter series of University of Illinois Extension's Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship, home gardening, and backyard food production, gets underway this month. The first session of the series is titled, The Green Pathway to Invasion: Ornamental Invasive Plants. The program is offered twice – on February 27 at 1:30 p.m. and again on March 1 at 6:30 p.m...

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2018 Gardeners' BIG Day Registration Now Open

Registration is open for the 19th Annual Gardeners' BIG Day! University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners in Fulton and Mason County sponsor this event, which is Saturday, April 14, at Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown. Back by popular demand, this year's keynote speaker is Fr. Dominic Garramone. Fr. Dominic is a monk of St. Bede Abbey in Peru, IL and the author of nine books rela...

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