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Read Plant Labels!

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Read Plant Labels!
I was at Home Depot looking through their Garden Center when I noticed this label on their plants. I’ve worked in several garden centers and have never seen this kind of tag. I went home and did some research. What are Neonicotinoids?  It is a new class of insecticides (used in the past 20 years) chemically related to nicotine. Neonicotinoids act on certain kinds of receptors in the nerve synapse. This is more toxic to invertebrates, like insects, than to mammals, birds and other org...
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Posted in: Spring | Tags: pesticides , bees | Comments (0) | View Count: (1293)

Kemper Arts & Crafts for May

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Kemper Arts & Crafts for May
Here is the next group of art/craft demonstrations at the Kemper Center for Home Gardening in May. They are offered every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon for visitors (FREE admission Wednesday). Staff and volunteers have agreed to share their artistic talents. They will demonstrate their art/craft, answer questions and provide instructional handouts for visitors to try at home. Drop by anytime to watch our artists at work and get inspiration for yourself or for gifts. Check us out on our Facebook...
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Posted in: Summer | Tags: art , craft | Comments (0) | View Count: (548)

Is There A Doctor In The House?

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Is There A Doctor In The House?
Ever wonder what it would be like to be a Plant Doctor? It is a very interesting and enjoyable job if you have a curious mind and an investigative nature.  The Kemper Center for Home Gardening has a Plant Doctor desk staffed with sharp and dedicated volunteers who are eager to help with any problem you may be experiencing in your yard.  Here is an opportunity for you to take a shot at being a ”Plant Doctor” and diagnosing a problem I noticed in my yard.  Read on and se...
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Posted in: Spring | Tags: plant problems , voles , rose | Comments (0) | View Count: (624)