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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

Annuals · Birds in the Garden · Bulbs · Butterflies & Bees in the Garden · Garden Musings · Perennials

Mothers, Daughters & Gardens

My daughter, Katie, told someone the other day that she is everything she is today because of me. My heart swelled. A few days later, I was driving up the long driveway at my mom’s house and, as I admired her beautiful gardens, I thought, I am the person I am today because of her,… Continue reading Mothers, Daughters & Gardens

Birds in the Garden · Butterflies & Bees in the Garden · Garden Musings · Herbs · Perennials

Keeler Gardens – Connecting Neighbors with Nature

Some folks talk about making a difference and others, like Gina Iliopoulos and Edward Caplan, take action to make their neighborhood a better place. And as a result, Chicago residents in the Old Irving Park community have an opportunity to connect with nature and learn about pollinators and the plants that support them at Keeler… Continue reading Keeler Gardens – Connecting Neighbors with Nature

Birds in the Garden · Container Gardening · Shrubs

My Monet Weigela – A Masterpiece

I love small shrubs that can take the place of perennials in the garden. Shrubs are generally less demanding than perennials – no deadheading, no cutting back after flowering to maintain form or to prompt another round of blooms, and no dead foliage to remove at the end of the season. Not just any shrub… Continue reading My Monet Weigela – A Masterpiece

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BEE One in a Million

National Pollinator Week is coming quickly – June 18-24 – and the National Pollinator Garden Network needs your help to reach their goal of one million gardens for pollinators in the Million Pollinator Garden Project. Who is the National Pollinator Garden Network? In the fall of 2014, a group of nonprofit organizations got together to… Continue reading BEE One in a Million