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Urbana, IL 61802
June 22, 2012

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Plants Poisonous to Animals Featured on Garden Walk

This garden is more than just beautiful. It's educational, as in: watch out for these plants!

As part of the 2012 Garden Walk, hosted by the Champaign Master Gardeners, the University of Illinois Poisonous Plant Garden will help visitors become familiar with plants that are potentially hazardous to a range of animal species, including human beings. The garden includes over ninety species of plants native to Illinois or commonly used as ornamentals or house plants.

Toxic effects of plants vary with the species, health status, and age of the individual(s). Time of year, humidity, growth conditions, growth stage, and other factors also play a role in the hazards posed by toxic plants.

Download a copy of the Poisonous Plant Garden guide.

The Poisonous Plant Garden is located just northwest of the College of Veterinary Medicine Basic Science Building, near the corner of Lincoln Avenue and St. Mary's Road in Urbana, Illinois. The garden is open to the public free of charge throughout the year.

The 2012 Garden Walk takes place on Saturday, June 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be eight gardens, demonstrations, and garden boutique. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on the day of the walk. For more information, call the Champaign Extension office at (217)333-7672.