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
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
Many gardeners are continually on the lookout for the newest compact cultivars to add to their gardens. Maybe it is because after years of gardening they are running out of room. Perhaps they have moved to a downsized home with a downsized garden. Or maybe their hearts just soften at the sight of little cuties… Continue reading Tall Perennials Offer Big Show
I am a plant lover. All right, truth be told, I am a plant addict. I fed my addiction for almost 20 years while working at a garden center. New plants found their way into my car almost every day. Plants have come and gone in my landscape, sometimes by my choice and sometimes by… Continue reading 5 Plants I Wish I Never Planted
When temperatures are high and the amount of rainfall is low, I am especially thankful for perennials, like yarrow, that scoff at summer’s dog days. In fact, yarrow prefers full sun and average soil with excellent drainage. Want to make yarrow unhappy? Plant it in fertile soil and water regularly. Native to Europe and parts… Continue reading Yay for Yarrow!