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Winter at Chicago Botanic Garden – A Poem

A walk through the Chicago Botanic Garden is always joyful. My latest stroll inspired a poem. If poetry is not ‘your thing’, I hope you’ll enjoy the photos. The garden is beautiful in winter! A Garden’s Beauty in Winter  It’s easy for a garden To impress and look awesome When, in summer, it’s full Of… Continue reading Winter at Chicago Botanic Garden – A Poem

Garden Design · Garden Musings · Shrubs · Trees

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 · Shrubs

Red twig dogwoods light up the winter landscape.

Red twig dogwoods (Cornus sericea) are four-season plants. Pretty flat-topped clusters of creamy-white flowers bloom in mid to late spring. Green pea-size berries appear in late summer. Green leaves with silver undersides warm to reddish purple in fall. That’s three seasons of interest. It’s the fourth season, however, when their fiery red stems glow that… Continue reading Red twig dogwoods light up the winter landscape.