Issue 5, June 29, 2023

University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Resources - Summer 2023

Looking for more horticulture and gardening information? The University of Illinois Extension has two resources with summer content that may interest you.

Gardeners Corner

Gardeners Corner is a quarterly newsletter produced by a team of Illinois Extension horticulture experts. Each issue highlights seasonal recommendations and how-tos that will make your houseplants, landscape, or garden shine in any season. The Summer 2023 edition of the newsletter includes the following topics:

  • Go green with eco-friendly lawn care
  • Reduce storm damage by looking for tree defects before bad weather strikes
  • Care for perennial gardens with 3 proven pruning methods
  • Elevate your expectations with raised bed gardening
  • Want more from your garden? Plant a fall crop of cucumbers
  • How to grow tropical ginger for at home spice
  • Make flowers and memories last forever with drying for design
  • Build privacy with plants for secret gardens

These and past Gardeners Corner topics are available at You can also get direct access to this newsletter by joining the Gardeners Corner email list

Four Seasons Gardening webinars

University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening series focuses on home gardening, environmental stewardship, and backyard food production. Join these one-hour sessions to build your gardening know-how! Each webinar is free. Registration is required. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate, contact Gemini Bhalsod at Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting access needs. Summer Four Seasons Gardening webinar topics include:

    More than Shade: Explore Summer Blooming Trees
  • July 11 at 1:30 p.m.
  • After spring blooms fade and summer arrives, trees are often showing green foliage and offer the opportunity for shade from the summer heat. Trees are more than that, as summer-blooming trees and shrubs are just getting started. Discover different summer-blooming trees that provide a boost of color and ornamental features in the landscape over another season.
  • Presenter: Sarah Vogel, Extension Horticulture Educator
    • Before the Build: Considerations for Backyard Greenhouses
    • August 22 at 1:30 p.m.
    • Have you ever thought of going outside to your backyard greenhouse during the cold weather months to pick fresh lettuce or plant some basil? Explore a variety of budget-friendly backyard greenhouses, what can be grown in them, and how to extend a growing season.
    • Presenter: Christina Lueking, Extension Horticulture Educator

    Travis Cleveland

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