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Rhonda J. Ferree
Former Extension Educator, Horticulture



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Farewell Gardening Readers

Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree -

It is difficult to write this article, as it is my last one. After 30 years of service, I retire October 1 from University of Illinois Extension. Over the years, writing this blog has been one of my favorite tasks. Through these many articles, we have explored many horticultural topics together, and I have learned so much along the way. Together we've explored lawn care, growing...

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I Love Poppies!

As I wrote last week, I retire on October 1 after 30 years with University of Illinois Extension and am focusing my last couple columns on my favorite plants. Although I love many flowers, the poppy is probably my favorite. I am not sure why, but I have a fascination with poppies. I collect antique Hall China in the orange poppy pattern and have my kitchen decorated in poppies. There ar...

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Herbal Teas for Relaxation

I retire on October 1 after 30 years with University of Illinois Extension. I've decided to focus my last couple columns on my favorite plants. I'll start with herbs. As most of my regular readers know, I grow a lot of herbs and use them to make a variety of tea blends. Over the years, I've found that teas are much more than just a beverage. Sitting down to a cup of tea is a great way t...

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Go Tropical with Ornamental Bananas

While enjoying coffee in the garden, I noticed that my largest ornamental banana is starting to flower. For many years I've been growing banana plants around my pool to give it a tropical feel in the summer. By autumn they have large stems with four- to five-foot-long leaves that sour to heights over ten feet tall. Bananas are grown here for their ornamental value. Although some might b...

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