Archive for January 2010

Winter Bonsai Exhibit at Chicago Botanic Garden

The Three Friends of Winter is an exhibit of deciduous bonsai trees at the Chicago Botanic Garden. It runs from January 29-31, 2010 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Check out the video of the exhibit post by the Chicago Botanic Garden to their YouTube channel.  The witch hazel is amazing!

African "Sausage Tree" Fruiting at Lincoln Park Conservatory

Kigela africana, or Sausage Tree, is a native of the southeastern region of Africa. This is the second year the tree has set fruit at the Lincoln Park Conervatory, the picture in this post is from last year. The fruits can weigh as much as 20 pounds each and measure 2 feet long. The tree... Read more »

Garden Book: Grow Great Grub by Gayla Trail

Before the term “garden blog” was even coined there was Gayla Trail’s You Grow Girl. A few years back when I discovered the internet was good for things besides playing online games I stumbled upon You Grow Girl. While the site and blog seemed to be populated mostly by hip, urban and crafty young women,... Read more »
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Is Alice Waters "Cultivating Failure" with Edible Schoolyard Program?

I believe that gardens are good things; I believe that exposing kids to gardening and other outdoor activities are good things–I believe this with every fiber of my being. Yet, I think the article Cultivating Failure by Caitlin Flanagan for The Atlantic is a thing of genius. If you’re a fan of Alice Waters you... Read more »

Hybrid Garden Seeds are not the Enemy

In the conversation about the dangers of genetically modified seeds and the benefits of heirloom seeds happening across the internet it seems like hybrids are be getting a bad reputation. The word “hybrid” sounds scary and conjures up images from the nightmares you have after viewing a science fiction movie. The truth is that hybrid... Read more »

White House Veggie Garden Inspires African American Gardeners, Seed Company Hopes to do Same.

Beyond the Obama head planter and the Chia Obama, the First Family has created an interest in gardening among many, but among African Americans in particular. “We had a lot more gardeners last year,” said Dr. Shemuel Israel, President of the North Lawndale Greening Committee on Chicago’s West Side. He credits the recession and First... Read more »
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Burpee Home Gardens aims for Twitpic Gardeners

On a beautiful summer day a happy young woman walks through her lush garden with a basket in her hand. While surveying the paradise that she’s created for herself she notices that her tomato plants are crowded with delicious red tomatoes. The look of contentment on her face turns to sheer joy at the sight... Read more »

Lets "Grow Together" with One Seed Chicago

Get 2010 off to a great start by growing together with One Seed Chicago. One Seed Chicago is a project of NeighborSpace, Chicago’s land trust for community gardens. Every year One Seed Chicago puts three seeds up for a vote, Chicagoans vote for their favorite and the winning seed is sent to them for free... Read more »
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