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

Butterflies & Bees in the Garden · Perennials

Tall Perennials Offer Big Show

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

Annuals · Container Gardening · Garden Maintenance

Haircuts for Summer Containers

With pruners in hand, I set out to do a little mid-summer maintenance on my containers. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, onions and herbs planted in containers on my deck were growing like crazy. They didn’t need haircuts, but  the basil needed their flowers, just beginning to form, pinched. (If plants were allowed to flower, they would… Continue reading Haircuts for Summer Containers