University of Illinois Extension

Kari Houle
Extension Educator, Horticulture
Adams/Brown/Hancock/Pike/Schuyler Unit
330 S. 36th St
Quincy, IL 62301
Phone: 217-322-3381
FAX: 217-223-9368

Kari Houle is the horticulture educator for Unit 14 - Adams, Brown, Hancock, Pike & Schuyler Counties. She worked for the Knox County Unit for 3 1/2 years as well as teaching at Western Illinois University and Illinois Central College. She returned to University of Illinois Extension and joined Unit 14 in August of 2012.

Responsibilities include providing horticultural programming within Unit 14 as well as working with other staff members in Unit 14 and outside the unit to provide programming as needed.

Kari has a B.S. in Agricultural Business with and emphasis in Horticulture and a M.S. in Education focused in Adult Education, Urban Forestry, and Horticulture from Western Illinois University. Her experiences with in the horticulture industry also include garden centers, nurseries, and golf courses. She is also a member of the International Society of Arborictulture.




Program Offerings

Kari's specialties for program offerings include woody ornmentals, urban forestry, Emerald Ash Borer, vegetables, annuals, and perennials.

Programs offerings include:

  • Emerald Ash Borer for Homeowners and Communities
  • Crazy About Container Gardening
  • Spark of Pizazz with Annuals
  • Power Perennials
  • Herbs in the Garden: Growing, Storing, and Incorporating
  • Get Up and Get Growing program series
    • Warm Season Vegetables
    • Cool Season Vegetables
    • Insects and Diseases in the Vegetable Garden
  • Growing Herbs in Containers
  • Introduction to Pruning
  • Vegetable Gardening in Containers
  • Busting Garden Myths
  • The Good, The Bad, & The Lovely - Invasive Plants and Species of Concern


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