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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



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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.



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  • 2018 Pre-Plant Sale Orders PDF
    University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners selected 3 sun and 2 shade varieties of “All in One Combos” (a blend of flowers selected for their harmonious growth habit, symmetry and color) as well as a tropical milkweed to attract and feed pollinators. All are locally grown by Hilltop Nursery, Illinois City. Pre-order and pick up at the Plant Sale in East Moline on May 12.

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    Join local experts for a workshop to showcase the latest tools and research to explore how you can prevent, control and contain invasive species.

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