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    On February 21 I celebrated my 35 year anniversary with the University of Illinois Extension in Chicago. During my 35 years with Extension I have had the opportunity to work with and meet some great people. People like Gerald and Lorean Earles who taught a young Extension Educator how to dumpster dive for materials for their Slumbusters community garden.

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    Abigail Garofalo is our new Environmental and Energy Stewardship educator. Abigail received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois in Urbana –Champaign. Her Bachelor of Science degree is in Natural Resources and Environmental Science with a concentration in Resource Conservations and Restoration Ecology and a Masters' Degree in Agricultural Leadership Education and was a Johnathan Baldwin Turner Fellow.

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    This marks our tenth year at the Museum of Science and Industry Smart Home Garden. From 2008-2012 the Smart Home and Garden exhibit provided a hands-on educational experience for 450,000 people. University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners provided tours of the sustainable, organic vegetable garden.

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    During my many years in Extension, I have had the opportunity to work with many dedicated Extension staff. Last night our Cook County Horticulture team presented a first in a series of school and community garden workshops at our Westchester office. As the team developed this training, I was continually impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication my colleagues show for the work they do in Cook County. It is a pleasure working with them. Thank you, Dr.

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    Today's Chicago Urban Gardening Blog Website of the Day: My Chicago Botanic Garden. The My Chicago Botanic Garden blog explores the many facets of the Garden through timely and relevant posts from their plant scientists, community gardeners, educators, horticulturists and occasional guests. The first-person accounts provide seasonal gardening tips, suggest ways families can interact with nature, report on Garden research and announce events at the Garden.

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    Today's Website of the Day is Cornell's Growing Guides for 58 Vegetables from Artichokes to Zucchini. Each vegetable profile contains a detailed description and growing instructions, site and soil requirements, recommended varieties, and solutions for managing pests and diseases. This website is a great resource for both the new and experienced gardener.

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    When I started almost 35 years with the University of Illinois Extension there were no computers, no fax machines, no copiers, no cellphones and no internet. This has given me a perspective concerning technology that some of my younger colleagues may not have.

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    Selecting the "perfect" Christmas tree this holiday season is simply a matter of following a few steps, according to a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.

    "Picking out the perfect tree can be a fun, memory-filled family tradition," said Ron Wolford.

    Wolford offers the following tips to help select a fresh tree for the home and keep it looking its best.

    Pick a spot in your home to place the tree before heading out to buy it. "Ask yourself whether the tree will be seen from all sides or whether some of it will be against a wall," Wolford said.

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    I just finished the February Garden Calendar for the University of Illinois Extension website. I have b

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    Poinsettias represent 80 percent of all potted plant sales in the United States during the holiday season.

    There are more than 100 varieties of poinsettias available today. They come in a

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    What do you really know about Christmas trees and their history? The following are a few interesting Christmas tree facts.


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    No flower says Christmas like the beautiful poinsettia. Learn a few facts about this traditional Christmas plant.

    Poinsettias are part of the Euphorbiaceae or Spurge family. Botan

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    I was scrolling through Sandra Mason's Homeowner Columns and found this article on winter. Sandra is the University of Illinois Extension Horticulture educator for Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion counties.

    Sandra is an excellent writer. Please check out her Homeowner's column for a wealth of gardening information.

    Remember When Winter Was Fun!

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    Selecting the "perfect" Christmas tree this holiday season is simply a matter of following a few steps, according to a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.


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    Congrats to our own Molly Hofer, University of Illinois Extension Family Life Educator and other members of the Family Life team: Chelsey Byers, Cheri Burcham, and Cara Allen for winning a national award at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences conference in Lexington, Kentucky last week.

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    Willene Buffett, Cook County Extension Director welcomes new educators to the Cook County Extension Horticulture team.

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    I love my job even after 30 years and the Museum of Science and Industry Smart Home Garden is one reason why! This is our seventh year at the Smart Home Garden. The Smart Home and the garden were open to the public for five years. During that time 300,000 people toured the home and many of them were given tours  of our sustainable, organic garden by University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners . Master Gardeners also help to plan and maintain the garden each year.