Posts tagged "Native Plants"

Lurie Garden Fall Festival and Plant Sale

Lurie Garden Fall Festival and Plant Sale
If you’re looking for something to do with kids on Friday, September 14 from 11-6pm because of the Chicago teacher’s strike, head down to the Lurie Garden for the fall festival and plant sale. There will be crafts for kids, tours and hands-on gardening demos. You’ll be among the first to buy plants from a... Read more »

Native Plant Sales & Wildlife Gardening Workshops in Chicago 04/12

Native Plant Sales & Wildlife Gardening Workshops in Chicago 04/12
  Don’t care much about growing vegetables in your Chicago garden? Are you one of the many Chicagoans that are annoyed by the yearly planting of annuals and tropical plants that will die or be composted in the fall because they don’t survive winters in Chicago? Maybe gardening with native plants is for you. THE... 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 »
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Lincoln Park Zoo: Where the Native Things Are

Lincoln Park Zoo: Where the Native Things Are
The Lincoln Park Zoo, home to wild and exotic animals, is an unorthodox leader in conservation of native plants, animals and insects in Chicago, but with the opening of the Nature Boardwalk at the Lincoln Park Zoo it is becoming just that. After an 18 month renovation that saw the south pond drained and dredges... Read more »

In Defense of Hugh Raffles' "Mother Nature's Melting Pot"

In Defense of Hugh Raffles' "Mother Nature's Melting Pot"
Recently the Op-Ed by Hugh Raffles, Mother Nature’s Melting Pot, in the NYT has ruffled a lot of feathers in the gardening world. As I watched the reaction to it trickle through my social media channels I was really surprised with how negatively the opinion piece was received by gardeners. Some of the criticism of... Read more »

'Frost Aster' Illinois Wildflower

'Frost Aster' Illinois Wildflower
I’ve mentioned before how much like letting weeds grow in my garden because they provide interest (free flowers) and attract beneficial insects into the garden. ‘Frost Aster’ is one such weed that I welcome in the garden because this time of year there isn’t much blooming in Chicago. Right now you can see it blooming... Read more »
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Bee Balm Wins 2010 One Seed Chicago

Last weekend at the Green & Growing Fair Bee Balm was unveiled as the winner of 2010 One Seed Chicago. Chicagoans all across our City voted for their favorite and Bee Balm came out on top.  This year One Seed Chicago will distribute over a million seeds to the gardeners who voted and those who didn’t get... Read more »

Chicago Flower and Garden Show: Speakers

You can avoid the crowds by attending the Chicago Flower and Garden Show after work or in the evenings, it is open until 8PM on weekdays. Here are a few lectures that start at 6:15PM that Chicago and urban gardeners should catch.  Monday, March 8. Mike Nowak. Readings from the shady Side of Gardening. Tuesday,... Read more »

Urban Gardening Classes in Chicago Fall '09

The Wicker Park Garden Club is hosting a number of lectures and workshops this fall and winter for those interested in learning about urban gardening. You can attend these in place of the urban farming classes around Chicago this fall if your interests in gardening don’t extend to growing your own food. November 2nd 7-8:30... Read more »
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