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Martha A. Smith
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
Phone: 309-756-9978
FAX: 309-756-9987

Tracy Jo Mulliken
Program Coordinator, Horticulture and Agriculture
University of Illinois Extension
321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
Phone: 309-756-9978
FAX: 309-756-9987



Turn to University of Illinois Extension for research-based information on home horticulture.

Horticulture & Natural Resources

University of Illinois Extension connects people and their local horticulture and environmental concerns with the tools they need to pursue meaningful change. Whether it’s landscape aesthetics, sustainable practices, vital food production, pollinators or a myriad of other topics, UI Extension has the resources you need.  Rock Island County Extension also manages, trains and recruits dedicated Master Gardener and Master Naturalist volunteers who work on a variety of projects to serve our community. By training and managing these Master volunteers, Extension is able to extend its resources and environmental knowledge to a great extent across our community.


Live Webinar – Which Grass is Which? Identifying Grasses Made Easy – June 11, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. CDT (via Skype for Business)

Identifying grasses can be tricky! Join Erin Medvecz, Energy & Environmental Stewardship Educator, as she discusses basic grass identification and shares tips and techniques to identifying a number of common grasses in Illinois, without learning complex terminology or needing a hand lens.


Live Webinar - Landscape Invasives and Native Alternatives – June 25, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. CDT (via Skype for Business)

University of Illinois horticulture educator Kelly Allsup will discuss some of the most common landscape plants with potentially invasive qualities in the natural areas and replace them with native alternatives that are just as attractive.

Live Webinar - Youth Gardening: Back Pocket Lessons and Activities - July 16, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. CDT (via Skype for Business)

Looking for simple, but fun ways to get youth engaged in gardening?  Join Brittnay Haag, horticulture educator, to learn some quick, easy and highly engaging gardening activities that require minimal preparation that everyone that works with youth should have in their back pocket.

Live Webinar - Going Organic: Are organic pesticides safer than their synthetic counterparts? – August 6, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. CDT (via Skype for Business)

Statistics show home landscapes receive three times more pesticides per acre than commercial agriculture production. Many clients are turning to ‘organic’ products due to their growing market and perception that these pesticides are safer, but are they? Join University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Chris Enroth as he sheds some light on the debate of organic vs. synthetic.


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  • Four Seasons Gardening Webinar Series
    Welcome to Four Seasons Gardening - Skype for Business Webinar Series offered by Illinois Extension Horticulture Team. Live webinars will be offered three times per season on select Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. CDT. Each program will be recorded and uploaded to Illinois Extension Horticulture YouTube website here. To allow time for closed captioning, please check the YouTube channel 30 days after the scheduled program. At the link above, you will also find educational programs from 2014 - 2018.

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