Archive for February 2010

Where to buy Seeds for your Vegetable or Ornamental Garden in Chicago

Starting a garden from seed is the most inexpensive way to get started in gardening. Whether you want to start an ornamental garden or a vegetable garden to grow some of your own food, nothing beats growing from seed. Chicago’s garden centers carry an assortment of seeds from some of the most popular seed catalogs... Read more »

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 »

Give a Community Garden this Valentine's Day

Looking for an alternative to a bouquet of roses this Valentine’s Day? Why not give a community garden through a Openlands contribution of $50.00. Your contribution will be used to create new and support existing community garden in underserved urban areas. Besides the feeling of doing something good, your sweetie gets a certificate, monthly e-mails... Read more »

Azaleas, Camellias and Cyclamen in bloom at Garfield Park Conservatory

It may be winter outside but you couldn’t tell by the colorful blooms under glass at the Garfield Park Conservatory.  These pictures were taken this past Saturday during “Sweet Saturdays” at the conservatory on Chicago’s West Side. The next, and final, “Sweet Saturday” is on February 13, 2010 from 11-4PM. Take the family for the... Read more »

Treehugger can't tell Mexicans from Cambodians when Defending School Gardens

I’ve been reading most of the articles and garden blogger attempts to counter the article by Caitlin Flanagan, that I think is a hilarious burn, in The Atlantic. Most of them seem to be emotionally based reactions with lots of pom poms, but offer very little of the defense the titles promise. After speaking briefly... Read more »