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Northwest Illinois Horticulture Corner

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Annual Joys of Gardening event offered February 17th

Freeport, IL--Mark your calendars for the 21 st annual Joys of Gardening program offered by the University of Illinois Extension and the U of I Extension Master Gardeners. Slated for Saturday, February 17, at the Highland Community College Student Conference Center, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport, the program will begin with registration at 8 a.m., keynote address at 8:25...

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Master Gardener Program Seeks Applicants

Posted by Nikki Keltner - Programs

University of Illinois Extension is accepting applications to participate in the 2017 Master Gardener Training. Master Gardeners are volunteers that have gone through an eleven week horticulture training course led by Extension Educators. Once training is complete, trainees participate in volunteer work before being designated as "Master Gardeners." Master Gardener Training will be held...

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Four Seasons Gardening Spring Series

The spring series of University of Illinois Extension's Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship, home gardening, and backyard food production, gets underway this month. Learn from University of Illinois Extension horticulture experts from the comfort of your home computer! These classes are live so you can ask questions of the presenters. The first session...

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Spring Break Gardening

On Saturday, April 29, 2017 the Jo Daviess County Master Gardener's will be holding their annual Spring Break Gardening event from 9 a.m. to noon at the Elizabeth Community Building (HWY 20 W Elizabeth, IL). Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required to attend. To register or for more information on this program call us at 815-858-2273 or visit us online at web.e...

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Backyard Apple Tree School

Backyard Apple Tree School coming to Rockford

University of Illinois Extension is pleased to announce that Backyard Apple Tree School is coming to Rockford, IL on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 1-4 PM at the Rockford Public Library East Branch. This program will be taught by University of Illinois Extension Educators Grant McCarty and Bruce Black. Backyard Apple Tree School is for new growers and homeowners and wil...

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Gardening for Food, Flowers and Fun 2017!

University of Illinois Extension welcomes spring at its 40th annual garden day, Gardening for Food, Flowers & Fun. This one-day event offers inspiration, ideas, and innovation for area gardeners. U of I Extension educators, Master Gardeners, and other plant experts will present a variety of education sessions and hands-on workshops. Gardening for Food, Flowers & Fun is on Saturd...

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Experience the Joys of Gardening

Posted by Nikki Keltner - Programs

For those of us that enjoy plants and gardening, winter can seem long and boring. Cabin fever sets in while our mailboxes fill up with seed catalogs and our minds drift to plans for the coming growing season. If you are looking for a good excuse to get out of the house and be with other garden enthusiasts join the University of Illinois Extension at the 20 th annual Joys of Garden...

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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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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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Horticulture for the Holidays in Rockford

Join University of Illinois Extension for their annual Horticulture for the Holidays workshop! Participants will participate in a make-and-take workshop that demonstrates how to incorporate the garden into seasonal celebrations and gift giving. Samantha Burbach, University of Illinois Extension Program Coordinator, will present  Evergreen Wreaths . The smell of fresh evergreens g...

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