Archive for November 2009

Lurie Garden's Summer Intern on Garden's Design

Guest post by Benjamin Futa, photos by me. This past summer, I had the fortune and privilege to be accepted as the intern with the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park. Having completed only a single semester of my landscape architecture and horticulture college career at the time I applies, I assumed my application would be... Read more »

Garden Book: "Bulb" by Anna Pavord

Earlier this month, I was offered a review copy of Bulb by Anna Pavord and the chance to talk to the author on the phone while she was visiting the U.S. to tape The Martha Stewart show. I have to admit I wasn’t aware of her bestselling book, The Tulip, but as a grower of... Read more »

Chicago's Lurie Garden in November '09

The Lurie Garden in the fall is just as beautiful as it is during the spring and summer. I stopped by today for a quick visit and realized what I’d been missing by not visiting the garden during this season. It is filled with rich earth tones, swaying grasses and seed heads and few visitors... Read more »
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Heirloom Vegetables

Want to grow some heirloom vegetables and protect them being lost forever? Growing just a few in your own backyard can make a big difference. Here are some suggestions from two gardeners I follow on Twitter. ASPARAGUS: Mary Washington, Jersey. LETTUCE:  Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce, Grandpa Admirer’s, Speckled, Black Seeded Simpson.  PEPPERS: Datil, Fish, Giant... Read more »

Review: Container Gardens 50 Recipes for Year-Round Gardening

Last week a representative from Crown Publishing Group – Random House, Inc. offered to send me Container Gardens: 50 Recipes for Year-Round Gardening by P. Allen Smith to review. Since I try to include ideas for container gardening on this blog because many Chicagoans live in apartments or small spaces I agreed to take a... Read more »

'Botany of Desire' Left me Wanting More

Last week, like many gardeners, I sat down to watch the Botany of Desire documentary on PBS. Not having read Michael Pollan’s book I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was expecting a lot because it was so heavily hyped among blogs and Twitter accounts I follow. My first reaction to the two-hour-long documentary... Read more »
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Layering Spring Flowering Bulbs in the Garden

Recently, when I was moving and planting some spring flowering bulbs in the garden I was reminded of the video by the Chicago Botanic Garden that demonstrates how to plant spring bulbs in containers. I decided to layer the bulbs on top of each other instead of having them scattered throughout the garden. In the... Read more »

'The Garden Conversations' Documents the 61st Street Community Garden

Photo by Patricia Evans used with permission of www.invisibleinstitute.com As the camera passes by an unidentified woman she asks, “Are you making a documentary about the death of the garden?” Off camera a man’s voice responds, “No, it’s the life of the garden.” The Garden Conversations is a collaborative effort between videographer Aaron Cahan, photographer... Read more »
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