Archive for July 2011

2nd Annual Pilsen Garden Walk August 6th

2nd Annual Pilsen Garden Walk August 6th
“Pilsen Paseo de Jardines – 2nd Annual Garden Walk – August 6th, 10am-3pm beginning at El Zocola Plaza, 18th & Paulina. The Pink Line, 18th St. Stop is around the corner from plaza. Maps, information, transportation options available. Community Gardens will give presentations such as Solar Powered Self Watering vegetable bed, Monarch butterfly garden, tour of... Read more »

Lincoln Square Garden Walk August 6th

Lincoln Square Garden Walk August 6th
This year’s Lincoln Square Garden Walk will feature more than 20 innovative gardens, and emphasizes city-size gardens that most owners have designed and tend themselves.  Walk organizer Nancy Benjamin says that gives each garden great personality and the ability to showcase unusual creative solutions.  “This is a hands-on, DIY garden walk,” says Benjamin, “You can... Read more »

'Red Admiral' Butterfly

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The purple coneflowers in my garden have opened up this week and the blooms attracted the ‘Red Admiral’ butterfly to the garden.  Of all the butterflies that pass through here Red Admiral is my favorite. These butterflies have dark wings, with white spots and orange streaks. They’re one of the “friendliest” butterflies you can encounter... Read more »
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Helping the Garden Cope With the Heat

I’ve been hoping that if I overlook blogging about the heat that it would go away and we’d get some relief in the form of rain and cooler temperatures in Chicago. Unfortunately,  ignoring the heatwave just seems to make it worse.  I’ve found myself giving the container garden one good drink of water a day,... Read more »

This is NOT a Garden Water Feature, Chicago

This is NOT a Garden Water Feature, Chicago
This past weekend I made a quick stop at the apartment of a friend of a friend and spotted this water feature in the building’s courtyard. I’m not going to diss the attempt at landscaping that can be seen at the edges of the photograph. I am, however, going to diss what has become of... Read more »

Bucktown Tree & Garden Walk This Weekend

Bucktown Tree & Garden Walk This Weekend
The 2011 Bucktown Tree and GardenWalk takes palces this Saturday, July 9 and Sunday July 10, 2011 from 11 am to 5pm. Featuring nearly 100 gardens, live music, petting zoo, and guided treewalk featuring the Tree of the Year, the Ginkgo. Suggested donation $5 includes unlimited Free Trolley Rides of the tree and garden walk... Read more »
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Hailstorm Damage Shuts Down Garfield Park Conservatory

Hailstorm Damage Shuts Down Garfield Park Conservatory
Last night’s storm that reportedly produced golf ball-sized hail in some areas caused so much damage to the Garfield Park Conservatory that it has been shut down until further notice. Staff report that there’s so much broken glass hanging from the greenhouses that it isn’t safe to allow visitors to enter the premises. The video... Read more »