Monthly Archives: July 2014

Monthly Archives: July 2014

Sure Signs of Summer

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9:33 am. Location: Lake Forest backyard, sunny perfect day, having coffee and reading Chicago Historical Society journal and the NYTimes, while texting to see if anyone wants to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream with me tonight (no one (so far) does, how is that possible!?) being staged by Lake Forest Openlands Association and Citadel Theater Company. Action: a movement across the way, in the birdbath, a robin taking a rambunctious bath, lots of splashing, flies off. 9:35 am. Same Location. Same circumstances. …

Upcoming Garden Tour(s) in Lake Forest: Cultural Landscape Foundation

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One of my favorite reference books is Pioneers of American Landscape Design, edited (2000) by two luminaries of landscape history, Charles Birnbaum and Robin Karson. They began compiling biographies of noted landscape architects back in 1992 (about the time I started publishing The Weedpatch Gazette and wondering why it was so difficult to find histories of people like Alfred Caldwell and Jens Jensen) and never looked back. Today Charles and Robin run the prestigious and impressive organizations, The Cultural Landscape …

How Did July Come Around So Fast?

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Thanks for your patience, everyone, while I (and others) wrestled with a developer who wants to bring Whole Foods to Lake Forest. Yes, the same Whole Foods which, “in an effort to save trees” doesn’t publish quarterly shareholder reports, is asking us to let them (wait for it) CHOP DOWN 400 mature oaks and hickories to build a new store. The company also wants to DEMOLISH a landmarked house. There are technicalities in the zoning law that might still allow the developer to build WF’s store (and others …

Field Notes

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As I walk past the towering lilies backlit with sun and enter the field messy with helianthus and brambles I hear the raucous yells of crows in the woods near the old spring. What did they find? Are they mad or jubilant? Then silence. Walking down the mowed path I come across one, then two, then three feathers, turkey by the looks of ’em. And suddenly, a rustle. Then many beating wings flying, flying up into the oaks. Six, seven, …