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Read article: New Hardiness Zone Map changed some of our local zones
New Hardiness Zone Map changed some of our local zones
The USDA Hardiness Zone Map has been updated to reflect temperature data collected over the last 30 years. This new map version used GIS technology...
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Read article: Gardeners' BIG Day 2024 is a great place to learn for gardeners of all experience levels
Gardeners' BIG Day 2024 is a great place to learn for gardeners of all experience levels
Join us for the 21st Gardener’s Big Day 9 am to 4:30 pm on April 13, 2024 at Spoon River College in Canton, IL. Registration begins February 1, 2024...
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Read article: Gardeners support the community as they Grow & Give Back
Gardeners support the community as they Grow & Give Back
The gardens of Livingston, McLean and Woodford Counties grew with great pride this summer because they were deemed Giving Gardens. In 2021, amid...
Black and red blackberries ripen on stems in the grass
Read article: Visit a forest of food at The Refuge Food Forest
Visit a forest of food at The Refuge Food Forest
You enjoy fresh fruit and now you want to grow your own. Starting a garden requires plants and some growing knowledge. The problem is, growing your...

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People crouched around a raised garden bed with vegetables growing in it. One woman is taking notes.
Get inspired to get growing at regional garden days
URBANA, Ill. — Imagine picking fresh fruit off a tree in your backyard. Or snipping fresh herbs from a potted plant growing on your windowsill for a family meal. Gardening is an adventure, and each spring is a new opportunity to grow. Whether your garden is a few houseplants by a window...
Garden Patch
Learn garden wellness at A Day in the Garden Patch
PONTIAC, Ill. – Spending time in a natural space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical well-being. University of Illinois Extension Livingston County Master Gardeners will share resources to help improve your well-being through gardening at A Day in...
group of Master Gardeners holding their teamwork awards
Gardeners flock to 2023 Illinois Master Gardener State Conference
Local volunteers recognized at state conference for outstanding work EAST PEORIA, Ill. - Master Gardeners and gardening enthusiasts from across the state converged on East Peoria for the 2023 Illinois Master Gardener State Conference, held September 7-8. The conference...
A freshly mulched donation garden.
Southern Illinois donation garden feeds the community
MARION, Ill. – Food insecurity affects every community within our state, but it's not just about hunger. It's about having access to food options that meet nutritional needs, which is particularly important for individuals and families with limited resources. Through collaborative...

Videos

Youth Gardening: Back Pocket Lessons

 

Learn some quick, easy, and highly engaging garden activities that require minimal preparation that can be used by anyone who works with youth! Horticulture Extension educator Brittnay Haag discusses simple and fun ways to get youth engaged in gardening.

School and Community Gardens Learning Module

Bring the garden into the schoolyard with our online School and Community Gardens Self-Paced Learning Modules. A school garden can be many things, from a pollinator garden, to a sensory garden, or a bulb garden. Our online learning modules focus on vegetable gardening while we take you on a...

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