Kelly Allsup is a Horticulture Educator for University of Illinois Extension serving Livingston, McLean, and Woodford Counties. She meets the educational needs of her community, including local chapters of Master Gardener and Master Naturalist volunteers, through expertise in home horticulture and entomology. Her passion for ecologically friendly gardening and all things plants makes her a dynamic speaker on topics that range from beneficial insects, growing vegetables and fruits, to urban trees.
A graduate of University of Illinois, she is fervent about connecting the latest horticulture research to the communities she serves so that they may grow more food and conserve the environment.
Publications, Appearances, and Outreach
- Weekly Green Thumb Gardening column for The Daily Pantagraph
- Her blog, Flowers, Fruits, and Frass.
- Co-host of Illinois Extension Facebook program Live with the Horticulturists.
- Appearances on the WILL-TV show Mid-American Gardener.
- Illinois Extension liaison to the I-Pollinate citizen science program.
- Urban Tree Education - Shares the latest research on tree health concerns in the urban setting, providing in-person and online programs for the public, volunteers, and industry professionals. The program elaborates on issues like proper tree planting, selection, managing diseases and insects, evaluating tree stress, and tree pruning. Kelly also contributes to the state Urban Tree and Health Identification program.
Specialized YouTube Videos
Tree Pests of Concern In this short video, Kelly identifies some of the most concerning tree pest issues that come into Extension’s Master Gardener Help Desk, and provides treatment recommendations and resources.
Beneficial Insects: Garden Warriors Gardeners can be blinded by insects that eat their plants without paying attention to insects that act as warriors in the garden by eating or parasitizing the bad bugs. Learn the most common beneficial insects, and never accidentally kill a good bug again.
What’s that Butterfly? With over 150 species of butterflies in Illinois, Kelly shows how to distinguish between some of the most common butterflies found in flower gardens and prairies. Sometimes with only a few seconds to glance, details can be observed in order to later help the gardener identify what was seen.
The New Perennial Garden Theory Originally developed by Roy Diblik, Kelly discusses a new perennial garden theory that allows perennial gardens to be more sustainable. Diblik is a perennial plant expert and author of the Known Maintenance Garden, offering a fresh perspective on perennial gardening by outlining specifics on bed preparation, plant selection, garden design, watering, and weed maintenance that allow the clients to have an easier to care for garden.
Landscape Invasives and Native Alternatives Some of the most common landscape plants with potentially invasive qualities in natural areas can be replaced with native alternatives that are just as attractive. While some of these plants may not be on the invasive species list, they have the potential to become invasive and are readily sold and used in the landscaping industry. Be an informed plant buyer and plant and pollinator advocate.
Bulbs: Basics, Myths and Truths Busting myths with the latest research, Kelly's presentation teaches the basics of bulb care during the late summer and fall months while gardeners are planting. For the homeowner wanting to plant spring-blooming bulbs, this is a must-watch.
Community Garden Cool Season Vegetables Vegetables that can be grown in a community or backyard garden setting giving techniques and strategies for success in the cooler early and late seasons.
Strawbale Gardening A revolution for home gardeners addressing common impediment today's home gardener face: bad soil, weeds, a short growing season, watering problems, limited gardening space, and even physical difficulty working on the ground level.
The Good, the Bad and the Lovely Plants Award-winning series on invasives of concern, control strategies, landscape alternatives, and pollinator plants to improve landscape habitats.