Container Gardening · Garden Musings · Herbs · Perennials

Perennials Rule at Darwin Perennials Day

I love industry events. They provide the opportunity to see old friends, make new ones as passionate about plants as I am, and satisfy my plant appetite (for a while, at least). I attended Darwin Perennials Day at Ball Horticultural Company last week. The skies threatened and even sprinkled a few raindrops from time to… Continue reading Perennials Rule at Darwin Perennials Day

Garden Maintenance · Garden Musings · Perennials

Enjoy Spring Clean-Up in the Garden

I love cleaning up the garden in spring. After the crazy harsh winter we have just endured, it is wonderful to be outside in relatively warm temperatures and breathe fresh air. But that would be nice even if I was taking a walk around the subdivision or sitting on the deck with a book. There… Continue reading Enjoy Spring Clean-Up in the Garden

Annuals · Bulbs · Garden Design · Garden Musings · Perennials

iLandscape Show Warms Landscape Professionals

What does a gardener do when the temperature is nearing 30 degrees below zero? Does she stay indoors bundled in warm blankets while sitting in front of a fire? Nope, she heads to the iLandscape Show. I began the morning getting ‘plant drunk’ while listening to Tony Avent, owner of Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper… Continue reading iLandscape Show Warms Landscape Professionals

Garden Musings

10 Ways to Help a Gardener Survive Winter

We are in the middle of one of the coldest weeks in many years in the Chicagoland suburbs. We physically survive by staying indoors when we can, wearing extra layers of warm clothing and stocking our cars with extra blankets when we do venture out. But how do we keep our spirits up when the… Continue reading 10 Ways to Help a Gardener Survive Winter

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