Horticulture Programs

We're here to help you achieve your gardening and environmental goals.


Illinois Extension connects people and their local horticulture and environmental concerns with the tools they need to pursue meaningful change. Whether it’s landscape aesthetics, sustainable practices, food production, pollinators, or a myriad of other topics, Illinois Extension has the resources people need.

Connect with our horticulture educator Emily Swihart

Dig Deeper

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Click on the links to read more about our local horticulture projects.

Dig Deeper into some of our local projects

Riverside Park Moline: Tree Walk

Trees of Riverside Garden Reference Brochure

Trees are critical pieces of infrastructure in our communities. Communities with large trees benefit by having a healthier, safer, and more vibrant environment. Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter stormwater that falls on our communities, provide shade during the heat of the summer, buffer winds during cool winter months, and provide habitat for wildlife. Community trees create spaces where neighbors can connect and build relationships.Access to green space and trees has demonstrated the ability to reduce stress, improve focus, aid recovery after illness, and encourage increased physical activity. Community parks such as Riverside offer residents a place to observe, learn about, and appreciate a wide variety of tree species. Learn all about them in this reference brochure.

Aledo YMCA: Sensory Garden

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