The holiday season can be a time to reflect on the year that has passed. During this season of parties and gatherings, take a moment to slow down and reflect – what was successful, what was left undone, and what do we want to be accomplished in the coming year.

Scott Elrick, a geologist with the Illinois State Geological Survey, presented "Snapshot in Time – Geologic Secrets of the Danville, Illinois, Fossilized Forrest" for the Champaign County Master Gardeners monthly program for October. Just south and west of Danville, Illinois and only 30 miles east of Champaign lays a 300 million year old fossil forest. The forest was discovered in the Vermilion Grove coal mines and represents the Pennsylvanian era, one of the earliest peat-forming rain forests.

By Ava Heap

This summer, all of our offices serving Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, and Vermilion counties have Master Gardeners available to answer homeowner's horticulture questions. Daily, volunteers filter calls on plant problems. Calls vary depending on weather and season. In the Champaign County Extension office, homeowners have had consistent problems with these three troublesome "T's."

1.) Trees

Champaign, Onarga, and Danville all closed their Master Gardener Horticulture Hotline October 31. Throughout the season Master Gardeners answered questions regarding trees, flowers, vegetables, woody ornamentals, insects, and so much more. To learn more about what questions we handle in the office, read my previous blog entry Top Three Troublesome T's.

By Ava Heap

Post by Trent Hawker, Horticulture Intern

On September 15 the Ford-Iroquois Master Gardeners hosted their fall plant share at the Idea Garden on the grounds of the Onarga Public Library. People from all around came to visit with the Master Gardeners, share some of the plants that had done well in their gardens this year, and take a few new things home to try out. The plant share is a great way to find some beautiful and interesting plants, for both in the garden and the home.

Posted by Trent Hawker, Horticulture Intern
Earlier this month, Jenney discussed the Monarch butterfly in her post If You Plant it They Will Come. As she