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Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.
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Winter Hosta Care

Hostas are among some of the most cherished perennials of all time, creating a lush pallet of bright greens, muted greens, chartreuse greens, variegated greens and creams, and blue greens. They come in miniature versions to lofting leaves as tall as a small child. Hostas are commonly described as ''fabulous foliage plants" by the industry but some of their blooms can be exceedingly show...

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Grow and Decorate with Air plants this Holiday Season

URBANA, Ill. – Plant enthusiasts should check out tillandsia this holiday season, according to University of Illinois Extension educator Kelly Allsup. "Even if you describe yourself as a brown thumb and are allergic to soil, you are going to love growing these super easy plants. The strappy tillandsia plants come in different sizes, textures, and colors and you are sure to find one to f...

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Final Chestnuts

Chestnuts by Elizabeth Whale

URBANA, Ill. – Many Americans only know chestnuts from the famous line, "chestnuts roasting on an open fire," from the 1945 song, "Merry Christmas to You," by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé. Prior to its demise in the first half of the 20th century, the American chestnut (Castanea dentata) was one of the largest and most important timber- and nut-producing trees in the eastern United States. I...

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Staghorn Fern: A growing work of Art

Staghorn Fern: A Growing Work of Art BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Do you have an empty spot on your wall that is just screaming for a touch of green? "Create a unique art installment this winter in the form of a beautifully mounted Staghorn Fern," states University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup. The Staghorn Fern is a...

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Woodford Master Gardeners offer String Ball Gardening Class in ElPaso

Kokedama String Ball Garden Workshop EL PASO, Ill. – Due to its recent successes at the Eureka Library, the Kokedama String Ball Garden Workshop is back by popular demand. This exceptional make-and-take workshop, presented by the Woodford County Master Gardeners, will be offered again at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 8 at the El Paso Library. No registra...

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Goals for expanding urban agriculture in Bloomington-Normal by Reid Young

Goals for expanding urban agriculture in Bloomington-Normal BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – It is as accepted as any long held horticultural practice that people in the U.S. are disconnected from the source of their food, regardless of whether the population is urban, suburban and, increasingly, in rural areas as well. Thankfully we have many schools, non-profits, restaurants and e...

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Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism and Organic Garden Conference Announced

BLOOMINGTON, IL. — The Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism, and Organic Conference (ISCAOC) will be held January 11-13, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield. The conference, which features nearly 100 speakers and 60 trade show exhibitors, will again host four concurrent preconference workshops, general sessions and breakout sessions aimed at helping Illinois specialty growers cultiv...

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Holiday Simplified Workshop for Eureka, Pontiac and Bloomington Announced

Holidays, Simplified The University of Illinois Extension is here to help you have a less stressful holiday season! Learn how to make and use evergreen swags, create healthier desserts and discover ways to stick to a budget at our "Holidays, Simplified" workshop. The workshop will be held multiple times in different locations. The first workshop will be from 5:30 to 7:3...

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