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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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A winter experiment for youth: Forcing paperwhites

News source/writer: Brittnay Haag , 309-663-8306, bhaag@illinois.edu   URBANA, Ill. – Even though it is cold outside and snow may be covering our gardens, we can still exercise our little ones' green thumbs. Bring the garden inside this winter with fun activities and experiments! Winter is the per...

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Watch where you step: The legend of mistletoe

News writer/source: Chris Enroth, 309-837-3939, cenroth@illinois.edu URBANA, Ill. – Decorating with mistletoe has been a holiday tradition for many centuries in North America and Europe. It begs the question: Why do we have this strange tradition that prompts friends, family, and even enemies...

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Twelve Christmas tree facts

News writer/source: Ron Wolford, 773-233-2900, rwolford@illinois.edu   URBANA, Ill. – Ron Wolford, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, shares these Christmas tree facts that are sure to spruce up your yuletide knowledge. Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states as well as Canada....

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Ten interesting facts about poinsettias

News writer/source: Ron Wolford, 773-233-2900, rwolford@illinois.edu   URBANA, Ill. – No flower says Christmas like the beautiful poinsettia, according to Ron Wolford, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "Let's learn a few facts and dispel some misconceptions about this traditional...

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Holiday wreaths

News source/writer: Andrew Holsinger, 217-532-3941, aholsing@illinois.edu   URBANA, Ill. – Decorative wreaths are a popular favorite during the holiday season. A holiday wreath adds color, interest, and a festive focal point inside or outside your home. "A wreath can be made from a variety of fresh greenery," sa...

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Selecting the perfect Christmas tree

News source/writer: Ron Wolford, 773-233-2900,...

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