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Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.
Horticulture News
National Trails Day

Get outside and Celebrate National Trails Day with us on June 1 by Sherry Thomas

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension's Illinois Grand Prairie Master Naturalists will hold their annual Trails Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 1 at Sugar Grove Nature Center. The event is free and open to the public so plan a family outing and spend National Trails Day outside with nature. This year we have speakers, special guests and awesome ac...

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Looking to make your gardenpop? Try annual flowering vines by Brittnay Haag

  Each spring gardeners begin looking for new and colorful plants to make their garden pop. "If you are looking for a plant that grows quickly, has interesting and colorful flowers, and will add a vertical element to your garden, look no further than an annual flowering vine," said Brittnay Haag, University of Illinois Extension horticulture program educator. All of these vines are easi...

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Spring into Action with Livingston County Master Gardeners Help Desk on May 2nd

Spring into Action with Livingston County Master Gardeners Help Desk PONTIAC, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension Livingston County Master Gardeners will open the walk-in Help Desk for the 2019 growing season on Thursday, May 2. The Help Desk is located at the Livingston County Extension Office [ 1412 South Locust, Pontiac ] or by calling them at (815...

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The Perennial Plant of the Year Is...

The Perennial Plant Association chooses a perennial plant of the year using the following criteria: It must be suitable for a wide range of climatic conditions, be low maintenance, have pest and disease resistance, be readily available in the industry and have multiple seasons of interest or excellent foliage attributes. Past winners have been Allium 'Millenium,' Butterfly weed and Japanese ane...

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Gardening For Climate Change

Rain Gardening is among the newest buzzwords at University of Illinois. The buzz is a response to another buzzword in the news: climate change. Illinois' recently-retired state climatologist, Jim Angel, says one way climate change is affecting the Illinois landscape through more frequent torrential rains, as opposed to more frequent, lighter rains. These weather patterns can cause flood...

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Bringing Mackinac's Beauty to Home, Lawn, and Garden Day 2019

He is an award winning garden designer from Mackinaw Island, author, overall plant enthusiast, and this year he will be the keynote speaker for Home, Lawn and Garden Day. McLean County Master Gardeners welcome Jack Barnwell for a presentation about landscaping and gardening on the island, on Saturday March 2. Jack has over a decade of experience creating breathtaking commercial and priv...

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Wedding Flower Trends for 2019

It may be hard to predict what a bride will want for her wedding day, but is likely to include gorgeous flowers. Barn weddings with rustic materials have been popular for years, but floral designers are seeing a shift in 2019 towards a 1970s bohemian style, and an elegant industrial style. Here are some field reports on what brides are asking for this year. Color Pastel blooms h...

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Register Now for Home, Lawn and Garden Day by Brittnay Haag

Register NOW for Home, Lawn and Garden Day - a day of gardening fun and learning! BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension McLean County Master Gardeners would like to invite you to their 17th annual Home, Lawn and Garden Day on Saturday, March 2 at Catholic High School in Bloomington. Home, Lawn and Garden Day is a day dedicated to garden fun! It is an idea...

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Build a Terrarium during the Holidays

Terrariums a century-old trend of bringing nature inside during the winter, terrarium gardening has had a revival gardeners as of late and would make an excellent gift for the holidays. The invention of terrariums is attributed to English Botanist, Dr. Nathanial Ward. He used a closed bottle filled with tiny ferns and grasses growing in soil in order to observe a hummingbird moth chrysa...

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Handmade Succulent Wreaths as Gifts

Homemade gifts can be extra special during the holiday season. This season, give the gift of a succulent wreath. Succulent Wreath Supplies: wreath form, Spanish moss, paddle wire, straight pins, and several succulent cuttings Moisten a sheet of moss in a bucket. Place moss in a bucket, fill with water covering the moss, and give it time to completely soak...

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November 16 phaleonopsis pink Kelly Allsup

Phaleonopsis beautiful but picky

Phaleonopsis orchid flowers have awe-inspiring and long-lasting flowers that really make them an ideal gift. Look for a plant where not all the buds are open. This means you would have the maximum amount of time to enjoy the blooms. With a little affection, phaleonopsis (moth) orchid blooms can last 6-8 weeks and become a reblooming houseplant. Water: These orchids are called epiphytic...

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Nov  23 Oranges Jenna Brasch

Horticulture Trends for a Cheery holiday

Will stringing lights, making door wreaths and decorating the tree truly make you happier? For me, it brings out the nostalgia of childhood, my creative side and allows me to promote the use of horticulture during this season. Whether you are buying a live Christmas tree, poinsettias and phaleonopsis as gifts or harvesting from the outside and bringing in, let nature be your guide to st...

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2  amaryllis flower Ken Johnson
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Forcing the Adored Amaryllis for the Holiday Season

Amaryllis bulbs are commonplace in decorating for the holiday because of their bold, grand, exquisite presences drawing you across the room for a closer look. My experience in growing these show stopping flowers began in the research greenhouse at the University of Illinois. I was t in charge of growing amaryllis flowers for Diane Noland's topiary lesson. The lesson was always one of the last l...

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Vegetable Gardening of the Midwest Updated Book

Are you an avid vegetable gardener or maybe you just want to know more about growing food? University of Illinois Extension has brought you this new resource that is sure to be a "garden changer" for the novice and the expert! Vegetable Gardening in the Midwest is out now and available to help you with your gardening goals.   The third edition of "Vegetable Gardening in the Midw...

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McLean County Master Gardeners Receive State Awards by Brittnay Haag

  BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension would like to congratulate the following McLean County Master Gardeners on receiving state awards at the Illinois Master Gardener Conference in Springfield this September. Barb Wells and Kathie Otto were recognized as 2018 Outstanding Master Gardeners in Illinois. The Outstanding Master Gardener State Award was established t...

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Livingston County Master Gardeners Receive State Awards by Brittnay Haag

Livingston County Master Gardeners Receive State Awards PONTIAC, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension would like to congratulate the Livingston County Master Gardeners on receiving state awards at the Illinois Master Gardener Conference in Springfield this fall. Diana McGuckin was recognized as a 2018 Outstanding Master Gardener in Illinois. The Outstanding M...

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Woodford County Master Gardener Receives State Award Honors by Brittnay Haag

  EUREKA, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension would like to congratulate Woodford County Master Gardener, Tina Deetz for being recognized as a 2018 Outstanding Illinois Master Gardener. In her two years as a Master Gardener, Tina's volunteer services and contributions to the Master Gardener program have more than exceeded expectations for this award. The Outstanding Master G...

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Overwintering Tender Plants by Brittnay Haag

Overwintering Tender Plants Indoors Looking to save a little money on plants next spring? Have a plant that is special to you? Finally found the perfect shade of pink annual plant and want to keep it for next year? Now is the time to take action- bring your plants indoors before the cold weather returns by following a few easy tips! "Tender perennials, which are...

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Tree planting this fall by Kari Houle

Fall is coming, and that means it's a great time to bring home a new tree. But before they do,homeowners should repeat the mantra"right plant, right place," according to Kari Houle, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "If you have space for a tree that can only be 30 feet tall, don't chose a tree that is 50 feet tall and hope that you can keep it pruned 20 feet small...

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Fall is the right time to divide some perennials

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – If your garden has a vigorous perennial that has been in the garden for more than a few years, or it has started to choke out other plants and no longer looks healthy (dead centers, floppy and unable to support healthy foliage and flowers), then it may be time to divide. Dividing is also a great way for a gardener to get more of their favorite plants into their beds....

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Vegetable Swap at Heartline Hearthous in Eureka on September 14

Vegetable Swap at Heartline and Heart House in Eureka EUREKA, Ill. – It is officially go time and the season for tomatoes, eggplant, herbs, cucumbers, peppers, apples and more. Those who have chosen to grow these favorite vegetables are more than likely getting more produce then they can handle. If this is you, please join University of Illinois Extension and H...

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Bring your gardening questions to the Woodford County Master Gardeners on September 10

  EUREKA, Ill – Bring your questions to the Eureka Library on Monday, September 10 anytime between 4:30 to 6 p.m. to get your gardening questions answered by University of Illinois Extension Woodford County Master Gardeners. So far this growing season we have answered gardening questions for a plethora of Woodford County gardeners. Let Master Gardeners help you...

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armyworm larva on bluegrass Phil Nixon
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Brown spots in the lawn

Many who have been seeking out the McLean County Master Gardener help desk have been complaining of brown patches in the lawn. Unfortunately, most lawn ailments present themselves as unsightly browning in a sea of lush green. The following are some of the potential culprits. If the grass is brown across the entire lawn, your lawn mower blade may have becomes dull and ripping the grass t...

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Already thinking Fall? Add Fall Garden Patch to your calendar!

  PONTIAC, Ill. – After five undoubtedly successful "A Day in the Garden Patch' events hosted by the Livingston County Master Gardeners, we present a new opportunity for the gardening community around Pontiac: Fall Garden Patch because after all, gardening is a yearlong endeavor. This brand new Fall Garden Patch event will feature a program on spring bulbs; fall gardening tasks and a te...

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