Red poinsettias are a traditional Christmas flower throughout much of the world.

While the Poinsettia may be the most popular holiday plant, the holiday cactus is a tradition for many families. These easy to care for cactus generally live a long life.

If you want to add zip and heat to your favorite entrée add a chile pepper. Peppers come in a variety of shapes, colors, range in taste from sweet and mild to hot. They are used in a wide variety of dishes from eating raw to seasoning and main dishes. 

Growing a plant from seed can be a very rewarding experience.  Here are a few tips to consider when shopping for seeds.

photo of rattlesnake master plant

When a plant has “rattlesnake” in its name, there has to

milkweed and butterfly

Monarch butterflies are beautiful and their migration journey is inspiring.


Colorful, sweet and juicy blueberries are a summertime treat.

salad table

Leafy greens such as lettuce and spinach are one of the first things harvested from a vegetable garden.

iris flower

There aren’t very many plants that come in a wider range of color than iris. In the past 50 years, thousands of


A drive through any town or park in central Illinois and you will notice that most sycamore trees are void of any green leaves. So, what is causing this problem?