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9 Things You Didn’t Know About Sunflowers

Sunflowers. What would a summer garden be without them? We love them for the bold and brilliant vertical accents they contribute to our gardens; their seeds we bake for tasty, nutritious snacks; and their flowers beautiful in the garden and in bouquets. Pollinators love their flowers; birds love their seeds (if we leave them in… Continue reading 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Sunflowers

Butterflies & Bees in the Garden · Garden Design · Perennials

Plant for Pollinators on Earth Day

My friend, PeggyAnne Montgomery, of the Garden Media Group sent me an email that included a great idea I wanted to share with all of you. She suggested in honor of Earth Day we should help the Million Pollinator Garden movement by planting three pollinator-friendly plants – one that blooms in spring, one that blooms… Continue reading Plant for Pollinators on Earth Day

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Growing Mexican Sunflowers from Seed

I love Mexican sunflowers. Botanically named Tithonia rotundifolia, they add pops of bright reddish-orange color in my perennial border. These Central American natives bloom nonstop once they get going in mid-summer, only surrendering when hit by frost. Mexican sunflowers are not fussy about their soil as long as it is well drained. They are, however,… Continue reading Growing Mexican Sunflowers from Seed

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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

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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