Tag: Garden Themes

Chicago Blackhawks Garden at the Chicago Flower Show

Chicago Blackhawks Garden at the Chicago Flower Show
This year’s theme of “The Sport of Gardening” at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show is best exemplified by the garden installation by Christy Webber Landscapes, who teamed with the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks organization. Of all the garden displays this year this particular garden is my favorite, and I don’t even follow sports!... Read more »

Garden at Night, Plant a Moon Garden

Recently, on Facebook I mentioned that I don’t really get any work done until the evening and late at night is when I feel my most creative. A friend suggested that I plant a moon garden to combine my nocturnal and gardening activities.   What is a Moon Garden?  A moon garden is a series... Read more »

Garden Hits and Misses at Chicago Flower and Garden Show

Today was the last day of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show and the themed concept was a hit, and a miss in some respects. Personally, I’m a big fan of garden themes. A themed garden can be fun, interesting and a good opportunity to teach and engage other people about your garden. Last year... Read more »

Chicago Flower and Garden Show 2010: All about the "Drama."

(UPDATE: My recap of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show is here.) The Chicago Flower and Garden Show returns to Chicago’s Navy Pier this weekend with a “Cultivating Great Performances” theme. Theatergoers and kids will delight in the way their favorite shows and books have been interpreted into gardens. Below some photos of today’s media... 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 »

A Garden in Chicago Growing "Hope"

On the corner of Wood and Polk Streets in the middle of the University of Illinois at Chicago medicinal center hope grows alongside the periwinkle, aloe and may apple. Situated next to the College of Pharmacy, the Dorothy Bradley Atkins Medicinal Plant Garden was constructed and is maintained in memory of Dorthy Bradley Atkins, who... Read more »

What Kind of ivy Grows at Wrigley Field?

Parthenocissus Tricuspidata, commonly known as Boston Ivy is a member of the grape family. It is also known as Japanese creeper, Grape Ivy or Japanese ivy. This is the ivy that covers the outfield wall at Wrigley Field. Boston Ivy should not be confused with English Ivy, Hedera helix, or any hybrids, especially if you... Read more »

Chicago Gardens: Past and Present

Chicago Gardens: Past & Present is an exhibit of gardens in Chicago from small backyard gardens to some of out public parks. I visited the multi-media exhibit today and took a quick look and was pleasantly inspired by what I saw. I won’t share the bulk of my photos because then why would you go?... Read more »

Biennials and How to Make Hollyhock Dolls

Biennials are plants that complete their growing cycle in two growing seasons. They are different than annuals and perennials in that in the first year they grow only roots, leaves and stems. In the second year they flower and form seed pods if pollinated, then the plants die. If you grow biennials it is a... Read more »

Chile Pepper Garden

Back in May I was asked to write something for a gardening newsletter and while doing so a long forgotten memory came back to me. I can’t remember exactly how old I was, but I was a lot younger than I am today and had just emptied the contents of my piggy bank and headed... Read more »