Posts in category "Trees"

Grafting Fruit Trees with Midwest Fruit Explorers.

Event Description: Find out what grafting fruit tress is all about. Learn the the whys and hows with experienced grafters. We will also have an impressive amount of scion wood available for grafting. If you’d like more information about grafting see the Grafting Page. Date: Sunday March 25, 2012 Setup Time: 9:00 am to 12... Read more »

Chicago's Sustainable Backyard Program Workshop for Retailers

Last year I wrote an article for GapersBlock on the Chicago Sustainable Backyard Program. While researching the article I called up several of the independent garden centers in Chicago as if I was a customer and asked the people answering about the Sustainable Backyard Program. I discovered that not only were residents unaware of the... Read more »

Chicago Christmas Tree Recycling 2012

Chicago Christmas Tree Recycling 2012
  Now that the holidays are over you can put your live Christmas tree to good use by participating in Chicago’s Christmas tree recycling program. Trees that have been stripped of their ornaments can be dropped off at several parks where they will be turned into mulch that is used in public landscaping and in... Read more »
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What's the Value of Chicago's Street Trees?

What's the Value of Chicago's Street Trees?
In honor of Arbor Day the Morton Arboretum tagged several trees around downtown Chicago with price tags that list the value of the tree in terms of environmental benefits it will provide over the next 15 years. They began with a list of species of trees. Next, they entered the data into the National Tree Benefit... Read more »

Free Trees for Earth Day at Lowe's

Free Trees for Earth Day at Lowe's
To celebrate Earth Day the Lowe’s, the home improvement store, is giving away a million trees on April 23, 2011. You can visit this link to find a Lowe’s store near you. Within the city of Chicago there are stores at: 2630 N. NARRAGANSETT AVENUE CHICAGO, IL 60639 (773) 413-5120 and 7971 SOUTH CICERO CHICAGO,... Read more »

Grow Your Own Backyard Orchard in Chicago

Grow Your Own Backyard Orchard in Chicago
Slow Food Chicago is hosting a four hour workshop that will teach you what you need to learn to become a backyard orchardist in Chicago. Yes, you can grow several fruiting trees in Chicago and you don’t even need a lot of land since many fruiting trees can be grown in containers indoors and out.... Read more »
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Wishing Tree in Pilsen Inspired by Chicago Botanic Garden

Wishing Tree in Pilsen Inspired by Chicago Botanic Garden
Over the weekend the Chicago Botanic Garden set up a traditional  Japanese “Wishing Tree” to recognize the recent disaster in Japan and to give people a way to express their sympathies and well wishes. Messages were written on pieces paper that were affixed to the tree. Closer to home the Growing Station Community Garden in Pilsen set... Read more »

Tour des Trees 2010 Kicks Off in Millennium Park

Tour des Trees 2010 Kicks Off in Millennium Park
The 2010 STIHL Tour des Trees, a cross-country cycling tour and fundraisinng event for tree research and education, will leave from Chicago’s Millennium Park on July 18. The 2009 Tour des Trees raised $441,000 in donation and sponsorships. Mike Nowak, host of WCPT’s The Mike Nowak Show, will be the MC for the on-site festivities and... Read more »

Eastern Cottonwood Tree Seeds

Over the weekend Chicago became inundated with millions of seeds for the eastern cottonwood tree. Perhaps the fuzzy seeds floating around Chicago managed to get lodged in your hair, face or food if you happened to be eating outside. The seeds for populus deltoides, one of North America’s largest hardwood trees, can become a nuisance in... Read more »
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Garden Book: Lives of the Trees by Diana Wells

Diana Wells is probably my favorite garden author around.100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names is the first book by her I read and one I read cover-to-cover just about every year. She has a way of weaving botanical, historical, mythological and literary references about plants into tight chapters that make you feel like... Read more »