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Gardens Need Good Bones

We have all heard about the importance of the bones of our landscapes. We have read dozens of magazine articles, listened to countless lectures, and studied them on garden walks. Never are the bones of the garden more evident than in winter. Without the distraction of flowers and foliage, the skeleton of the landscape is… Continue reading Gardens Need Good Bones

Annuals · Houseplants · Tropicals

Color abounds in Arid Greenhouse at Chicago Botanic Garden

If winter has you craving for color and begging for blooms, head to the Arid Greenhouse at the Chicago Botanic Garden. It will soothe your soul and appease your appetite for flowers. Aloe plants own the room right now. They are shamelessly flaunting their flowers, and the rest of the plants are doing their best… Continue reading Color abounds in Arid Greenhouse at Chicago Botanic Garden

Annuals · Garden Musings · Perennials · Trees

Opening Celebration at Regenstein Learning Campus at Chicago Botanic Garden

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to attend a preview of the new Regenstein Learning Campus at the Chicago Botanic Garden. It was a spectacular day at the garden filled with the flowers and foliage of summer. After spending the morning ogling buds, blooms, and bark, I headed over to the seven-acre Regenstein… Continue reading Opening Celebration at Regenstein Learning Campus at Chicago Botanic Garden

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Take a walk at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

I recently enjoyed an entire day at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The temperature was in the 90’s and the sun was shining at full force. Areas of shade and gentle breezes were welcomed as I moved through the gardens. Take a walk with me. Flowers were abundant and filled the gardens with happy color. Vibrant… Continue reading Take a walk at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Garden Musings · Houseplants

Take a walk at the Orchid Show.

Don’t let Old Man Winter ruin your mood today. Let me lift your spirits with a walk through the Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Ten thousands orchids are arranged in this year’s theme A Study of Contrasts. On display are the tiniest of the tiny and huge specimens; orchids that reside in treetops and… Continue reading Take a walk at the Orchid Show.