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Gardening Gratitude
Happy Thanksgiving During this season of appreciation, it is only right that we take time this week to share a few of our gardening-related...
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Project spotlight videos created to educate and engage with Master Volunteer projects in the community
It is easy for University of Illinois Extension staff to see the amazing work Extension Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists do in and for the...
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Pop the Cork Tree
As the holiday season approaches, many of us will indulge in an alcoholic beverage or two as a part of the celebration. My preferences vary depending...
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Read article: What can you do with pumpkins after Halloween?
What can you do with pumpkins after Halloween?
On November 4 several Illinois Extension offices will be offering pumpkin smashes with local partners in communities across the state. A pumpkin...

News Releases

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University of Illinois Extension to Offer Master Gardener Volunteer Training
The Jo Daviess County Extension Office is happy to announce that we will be offering Illinois Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training beginning in January. The training will be offered via the online platform with some additional in-person field trips and events scattered throughout. The...
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Hort for the Holidays - Jo Daviess County Edition
Gather your friends for an afternoon of decorating fun as the University of Illinois Extension hosts “Hort for the Holidays – Jo Daviess County Edition”. This program is being held on Wednesday, December 20 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Jo Daviess County Extension Office, 204...


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’s at...