Garden DIY · Garden Maintenance · Garden Recycling

6 Excuses Not to Compost…All Rejected!

When I speak to groups about the benefits of composting, I begin by asking how many people are not already composting at home. Always amazed at the number of hands that are raised, I inquire why not. I am taking on the most common reasons folks give for not composting. After reading to the bottom… Continue reading 6 Excuses Not to Compost…All Rejected!

Butterflies & Bees in the Garden · Garden Design · Garden Maintenance · Garden Musings · Growing Fruit · Perennials · Trees · Vegetable Gardening

Gardens of Mettawa Manor

Mettawa Manor was built in 1927. When Bill Kurtis, legendary newsman, and his wife Donna LaPietra bought the 10,000 square foot mansion and 65-acre property in 1990, they became the estate’s just second owners. Over the last nearly thirty years, they have not only restored the existing garden areas, they have also added new elements… Continue reading Gardens of Mettawa Manor

Annuals · Container Gardening · Houseplants

Ornamental Peppers are Hot!

Tis the season for ornamental peppers. Their fruit, in shades of orange, lavender, pink, purple, red or white, adds drama to the garden or containers. Ornamental peppers also bloom before the fruit, but their small flowers don’t get the rave reviews their fruits elicit as they parade themselves in clusters at the top of the… Continue reading Ornamental Peppers are Hot!

Birds in the Garden · Butterflies & Bees in the Garden · Garden Design · Garden Musings · Perennials · Wildlife in the Garden

Chicago: A City for Pollinators

Who knew? I guess I should have. In fact, shame on me for not being aware of the work many have done to make Chicago a city that lots and lots of pollinators call home. While at the Association of Garden Communicators Convention a couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to tour several beautiful… Continue reading Chicago: A City for Pollinators