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Have you ever seen a garden that just took your breath away? You visit two months later and the garden is again in full glory and you wonder how do people do it? How do you design a garden that offers visual interest through the seasons? University of Illinois Extension offers many resources to help you create your very own eye-stopping flowerbed.

The Stepping Stones to Perennial Garden Design program has helped many gardeners create amazing outdoor spaces. Created by Martha Smith, extension educator in horticulture, this program is available online at . There you’ll find lessons designed to help the homeowner evaluate their landscape, select a garden site, and follow a step-by-step approach to creating a perennial garden suited to their own personal tastes. The information is free and available anytime you are ready to begin.

If you prefer a face-go-face program, don’t miss this year’s Gardeners’ Big Day. I started this annual event in 2000 in partnership with Spoon River College and am proud of how the event has grown and expanded over the years. This year’s Big Day will be at Dickson Mounds Museum on April 6th. I will give the keynote presentation to kick off the day. My “New Plant Runway” presentation will highlight the top new plants for 2013. Every year new plants are introduced to fit a particular horticultural need or garden niche. The best of the best is promoted each year through the various gardening organizations and plant testing groups. See the top plants this year and select a few to try in your own garden.

Another popular Extension program is the 4-Seasons Gardening Telenet Series. The 2013 series begins on April 9th with “Spruce Problems” and ends October 1st with “Landscape Design.” In between are programs about pollinators, tomatoes, your yard after the drought, plants for dry sites, winter garden tips, and more. These are broadcast simultaneously to Extension offices all over Illinois.


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    Jan 06, 2009 by Bronwyn C | Posted in Garden & Landscape

    I am looking for information regarding the background and origins of the "tropical gardening" style for a garden design course that I am doing. There is a lot of information available regarding Zen Gardens, English Country Gardens, Cottage Gardens, etc but very little about the background and history of tropical gardens. Can anyone suggest any helpful resources that could assist me with finding answers? Thanks in advance!

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