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Read article: Need to move a shrub? Prepare them now for moving in the fall or spring
Need to move a shrub? Prepare them now for moving in the fall or spring
So you want to move that shrub? I get it! Perhaps that shrub needs to go to a different spot in the yard. Maybe it wasn’t planted in the correct...
Periodical cicadas are what? Adult periodical cicadas resting on a hazelnut bush
Read article: Periodical cicadas are here…now what?
Periodical cicadas are here…now what?
The long wait is finally over! After spending 13 (or 17, depending on where you’re at) years underground feeding from roots, periodical cicadas have...
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Read article: Mental health benefits found among the trees
Mental health benefits found among the trees
As May flowers begin to bloom and we celebrate the arrival of spring, we also turn our attention to Mental Health Awareness Month, a crucial period...
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Read article: Simple steps to help prevent the spread of invasive species 
Simple steps to help prevent the spread of invasive species 
There are a few simple steps to prevent the spread of invasive species. Avoid moving soil or debris from one area to another. When engaging...

News Releases

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Homegrown Healthy: A Horticultural Journey from Garden to Table
OREGON, Ill. - As the warmth of summer approaches, the Oregon Public Library and Morrison Community Hospital, along with University of Illinois Extension, are proud to announce a unique educational initiative designed to cultivate healthier lifestyles through the Homegrown...
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Plants in the Energy Landscape
Join University of Illinois Extension Natural Resource, Environment and Energy Educator Jay Solomon for a program on “Plants in the Energy Landscape”. This program is a continuation of the Spring Break Gardening Series and is being held on Thursday, May 30 at 1:30 p.m. at the Jo Daviess County...
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Ogle County Master Gardener Help Desk is now open
OREGON, Ill. - Illinois Extension of Ogle County opened its Master Gardener Program’s Help Desk on April 1. Master Gardeners will be available in person once a week through September 30. Master Gardeners research topics and help identify problems and find solutions about...


Starting a Garden: Seed Starting Basics


Are you new to starting your own vegetable garden seeds? Doing it yourself can save you money and get you involved with the food you eat from seed to harvest. In this video, Illinois Extension horticulture educator Chris Enroth demonstrates seed starting while at home during the...

Themed Gardens: Design with Kids in Mind


Foster the love of gardening with the youth in your life by creating theme gardens. Join Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Brittnay Haag as she shares ideas and tips for creating a special place for your young, hands-on learner to grow, explore, and be creative. Whether it’...