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

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

Container Gardening · Garden Maintenance · Garden Musings · Shrubs

7 New Plants & Products at IGC Show

The Independent Garden Center (IGC) show was held last week at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Vendors from all over the country came to show off their plants, garden décor and supplies, pots, tools and just about anything else you might find at your local garden center. Garden center buyers jostled for position at their favorite booths… Continue reading 7 New Plants & Products at IGC Show

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