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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

Garden Design · Garden Musings · Perennials · Shrubs · Trees

Walk through Barb Richards’ garden with me.

I have always wondered how it would feel to leave a beautiful garden behind. When we moved into our current home in 1988, we moved from a very small house and tiny garden, and even that hurt a little. I can’t imagine moving now, leaving behind majestic trees planted from seedlings, prized plants and all… Continue reading Walk through Barb Richards’ garden with me.

Garden Musings · Garden Recycling · Perennials · Vegetable Gardening

Walk through JoAnn Paxton’s garden with me.

It is the luckiest day in the life of any living thing that finds its way into JoAnn Paxton’s life or landscape. As I walked through her one acre property, birds feasted on sunflowers that self-seed every year beside the bird feeders, hummingbirds darted from their feeders to flowers, squirrels scurried from branch to branch,… Continue reading Walk through JoAnn Paxton’s garden with me.

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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.