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Visit the Center for Home Gardening

Stop by the Center for Home Gardening and get your gardening questions answered by our expert staff and Master Gardener volunteers at the Plant Doctor Desk, or check out our houseplant display and other home gardening resources! Be sure to also take a stroll through our 23 outdoor demonstration gardens, which include a vegetable and fruit garden, cut flower garden, experimental garden, and a newly renovated native prairie garden.  

Plant Doctor Desk (Walk-In) 

  • Hours: Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (November-March)

Horticulture Answer Service (Phone & E-mail) 


Paphiopedilum Orchid in bloom

(Paphiopedilum Harrisianum 'Luteola')

Winter aconite

(Eranthis hyemalis)

Witch hazel bloom

(Hamamelis x intermedia 'Twilight')


February Gardening Tips

  • Maple trees can now be tapped for syrup. Freezing nights and mild days encourage sap flow. Trees that can be tapped include sugar, red, silver, and black.
  • Prune summer-flowering shrubs from late February through early March. Do not prune spring-flowering shrubs until after blooms are finished.
  • Be sure to cut back liriope and ornamental grasses in late February through early March before new growth begins.
  • Grapes and brambles can be pruned now.
  • Prune out black knot in plums and cherries.
  • Don't work wet soil. Soil should form a ball that easily crumbles apart when squeezed. If it is too wet, allow it to dry before working.
  • When sowing seeds indoors, be sure to use sterile mediums to prevent diseases. As soon as seeds sprout be sure to provide ample light and moderate moisture.