Monthly Archives: February 2014

Monthly Archives: February 2014

Garfield Park Conservatory and Mothers Trust Foundation: Congratulations

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Garfield Park Conservatory, located on the far west side of Chicago not too far from Oak Park, is one of my favorite places. I love love love the fern room there–it’s a wonderful respite from the “concrete jungle”: “Designed by Hitchings and Company, with the brilliant assistance of Jens Jensen, the Conservatory was completed in 1907. It is still one of the largest conservatories in the world. Jensen’s use of native limestone in layers is used to create ponds, waterfalls, …

This is what happens when you cut down all the trees!

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Thanks to Jon Henricks for sending this my way, and thanks especially to whoever created this (unattributed) photo and put it on the Internet… I love your sense of irony!##

Start to a Cheerful Tuesday

Posted on by weedpatchgazette in Birds, Bugs & Butterflies, Books, Plants, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Good morning, Weedpatch pals. Here’s a Japanese woodblock created in 1917 to cheer up your morning: gotta love Columbines! That same year (1917), a native Chicagoan, Neltje Blanchan, who wrote eleven books in her 52 years, said this about columbines in her book, Nature Wonders: Wild Flowers Worth Knowing. The book was published by the company her husband started: Doubleday. “The Columbine never has the elfin charm in a conventional garden that it possesses wild in Nature’s. Dancing, in red …

Saving the Planet…read it and weep OR become a better gardener?

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This snowy morning I opened the newspaper to find: a story about California’s drought: 600,000 acres of farmland will receive no water from reservoirs or canals this year because there is no water in them. What a weather disaster. It’s a drought fifteen years in the making but made worse by Arctic melting which allows heat to escape into the atmosphere and park as a high pressure ridge off the California coast, forcing rain to go way north. The water …

Spring MUST be near…

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While grocery shopping at Jewel, my nose detected a known, but distant, fragrance. Here’s what I looked down to find, and took a big, deep breath (yes, I inhaled!). On this gloomy, snowy, boring day, may these daffodils bring you hope that spring could actually arrive this year!

The Turtle Hospital

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One more afternoon in the Florida Keys before I have to return to snowy Chicago…In the meantime I want to tell you about an incredible facility in Marathon called The Turtle Hospital. Here’s what I now know. There are seven species of seawater turtles in the world, and while they all inhabit (see map) the world’s oceans, five of them can be found off the coast of Florida. Four species are endangered–meaning they risk extinction from being able to live …

Coral Restorations (And You Thought Restoring Oak Savannas Was Tricky)

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Good morning from sunny, 80 degree Islamorada, Florida, which I first learned means “purple island” but later learned means the “little drinking village in the Florida Keys with a fishing problem”. I had the great good fortune of going fishing (no, I didn’t catch anything except an oversized minnow, aka extremely undersized fish) and also snorkeling (the closest I come to “sport”). The snorkeling is wonderful in the Keys, which is because all the individual reefs here are part of …