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Northwest Illinois Horticulture Corner

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Orchids make elegant houseplants

News source/writer: Sandra L. Mason, 217-333-7672,   URBANA, Ill. – Most of us have limited experience with orchids, and may feel intimidated by their reputation as finicky plants. However, orchids are an amazingly diverse plant family, growing in deserts, mountains, marshes, northern woods, and Illi...

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Boxwood blight confirmed in Illinois

News Sources: Diane Plewa , 217-333-0519 Suzanne Bissonnette Boxwood blight, a serious fungal disease, has been confirmed in Illinois. According to a University Diagnostic Outreach Extension Specialist,...

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Trees and winter storm damage

Source/writer: Chris Enroth, 309-837-3939,   URBANA, Ill. – After a winter storm, the landscape will likely be breathtaking. But it is a beauty with hidden dangers, said a University of Illinois horticulture educator. "Small limbs can take on hundreds of pounds of additional weight from snow...

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Winter 2017 Four-Seasons Gardening Webinar Series

University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Team announces the Winter 2017 schedule for the Four-Seasons Gardening Webinar Series. The Four Seasons Gardening programs focus on environmental stewardship, home gardening, and backyard food production, and will begin again this month. Programs include: Seed Starting - January 31 at 1:30 pm...

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Forcing winter branches

Source/writer: Kim Ellson, 847-818-2901,   URBANA, Ill. – Forcing branches allows us to enjoy a burst of color and brighten up our homes in the middle of winter with materials from our own garden, said Kim Ellson, a University of Illinois Extension horticult...

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Intro to Apple Tree Pruning: The Old and Neglected

University of Illinois Extension Local Foods and Small Farms Educator Grant McCarty will teach Apple tree pruning on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Jo Daviess County Extension Office, 204 Vine St., Elizabeth, IL 61028. You may have inherited property that has a number of mature apple trees. You may also have ignored and neglected your apple trees for a num...

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