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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
smithma@illinois.edu

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
tmully@illinois.edu

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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.

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  • Nursery School: Lessons in Gardening 2019 PDF
    Get inspired and cultivate your knowledge at Nursery School: Lessons in Gardening on Saturday, February 23. This premiere gardening symposium offers something for everyone, from the novice to the most experienced gardener. Horticulture experts share tips, pointers, ideas and information you can put to work! New this year –classes have been arranged by tracks: Edible, Nature, Ornamental or Do It Yourself. Take all of one track, or pick and choose—it’s up to you! This year’s keynote speaker hails all the way from the Toronto Botanical Garden—Paul Zammit, the Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture. He’s a world-renowned speaker you won’t want to miss!

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