When I started almost 35 years with the University of Illinois Extension there were no computers, no fax machines, no copiers, no cellphones and no internet. This has given me a perspective concerning technology that some of my younger colleagues may not have.

During my many years in Extension, I have had the opportunity to work with many dedicated Extension staff. Last night our Cook County Horticulture team presented a first in a series of school and community garden workshops at our Westchester office. As the team developed this training, I was continually impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication my colleagues show for the work they do in Cook County. It is a pleasure working with them. Thank you, Dr.

Today's Chicago Urban Gardening Blog Website of the Day: My Chicago Botanic Garden. The My Chicago Botanic Garden blog explores the many facets of the Garden through timely and relevant posts from their plant scientists, community gardeners, educators, horticulturists and occasional guests. The first-person accounts provide seasonal gardening tips, suggest ways families can interact with nature, report on Garden research and announce events at the Garden.

Today's Website of the Day is Cornell's Growing Guides for 58 Vegetables from Artichokes to Zucchini. Each vegetable profile contains a detailed description and growing instructions, site and soil requirements, recommended varieties, and solutions for managing pests and diseases. This website is a great resource for both the new and experienced gardener.

This marks our tenth year at the Museum of Science and Industry Smart Home Garden. From 2008-2012 the Smart Home and Garden exhibit provided a hands-on educational experience for 450,000 people. University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners provided tours of the sustainable, organic vegetable garden.