Inspirations: Japan House Gardens

By Sydney Nielsen, RORG Student Intern Japan House is a must-visit location and a haven of tranquility for many on the University of Illinois campus. In addition to being a place of learning and respite, the Japan House gardens are a meaningful source of inspiration for the RORG Team. BACKGROUNDAccording to Japan House’s website, theyContinue reading “Inspirations: Japan House Gardens”

MULCH MADNESS 2022: Hold onto your gardening hats, sports fans!

Two years ago, following the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Basketball tournament, the RORG team started our own version: MULCH MADNESS. We’re excited to announce the THIRD ANNUAL tournament! This competition involves 28 flowering native plants found in the Red Oak Rain Garden battling it out to find out who will make it to the Final Forb. (Yes, that’sContinue reading “MULCH MADNESS 2022: Hold onto your gardening hats, sports fans!”

Deicing Salts and Plant Damage

by Guest blogger Ryan Pankau, Horticulture Educator Originally published on the Garden Scoop Blog. While this winter has brought little ice and snow cover, this past weekend’s winter weather put a coating of ice on most smooth surfaces. Gardeners, businesses, parks, and others with landscaping near walkways must apply deicing salts for safety, but theseContinue reading “Deicing Salts and Plant Damage”

The 2021 RORG Expansion

By the RORG Team OVERVIEWRORG Director Eliana Brown is pleased to announce the completion of a new “expansion” garden across the sidewalk from RORG. This new garden was made possible by a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, our generous donors, and with the help of our community and student volunteers. The garden’sContinue reading “The 2021 RORG Expansion”

RORG’s First Builder: Interview with Professor Tony Endress

By Sandra Bjerga, RORG Student Team Member [Although Sandra has graduated and taken full-time employment (congrats, Sandra!) and isn’t our student anymore, she wrote this piece earlier this year for us. Enjoy!] Did you know that the current renovation of the Red Oak Rain Garden is building upon work from almost 15 years ago? InContinue reading “RORG’s First Builder: Interview with Professor Tony Endress”