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CHICAGO PLANTS, LANDSCAPES, PARKS & PRESERVES

~ and the people that create them ~

It Appears…

It appears that the sweet small finches are turning color And that the crocus are deciding to poke their Purple heads above the frostline And that the honeybees are hungering for Exercise after a long winters nap. The pussywillows are fat and feel just like bunny fur. But the signs of winter are still with us. The dessicated crabapples cling to the trees. The deer tustle with boughs of conifers but are tired of their taste. Dirty remnants of snow make a patchwork...

This Weekend: The One Earth Film Festival

If this winter weather is getting to you, think about a refreshing green weekend and come to the One Earth Film Festival! Some big movers and shakers of the environmental "care for planet, love the earth" will be here, and you don't want to miss it. One Earth has events scheduled all over Chicagoland, including such gems as: "Angel Azul" at the Chicago Cultural Center.  Awarded best documentary at the Breckenridge Film Festival. Explore the artistic journey of Jason...

Hello, You Beautiful Bird!

Look who showed up on our dock at sunset yesterday! The Great White Heron (which is a white form of the Great Blue that we see in the north) can only be found in the lower Florida Keys according to the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Of course, a local Florida website disagrees with the Feds' geographic assessment, but those nice Audubon folks have tried to clear up the confusion. Does the white turn blue or not-I still don't know but this Queen Bee thinks that claim sounds highly...

Perennial Professionals!

If you've ever shopped at Chalet Nursery in Wilmette, or watched Channel 7 TV in the morning, or listened to Mike Nowak's Garden Show (lamentedly it is no more), or well, just been around the plant world, you have seen the ever-enthusiastic Jennifer "Who Knows More Than God About Plants" Brennan. Jennifer's energy and exuberance knows no bounds. The woman doesn't ever snooze. In addition to all else, she is now serving as the central region director of the Perennial...

All in a Day–in Florida

Last week I took a very chilly but beautiful walk in the forest preserve at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. Great shadows! But today I saw great shadows when we took a walk along the "Old Overseas Highway" (opened 1939, thank you President Roosevelt) that runs only in bits and pieces along the far east side of the Florida Keys: Here's a few more photos of tropical delights. I don't know the name of this fantastic flower (does anyone want to offer a guess?) that was growing by the side of...

The Governor’s Palace: New Bern, NC

If you find yourself in New Bern (eastern) North Carolina, as we did for a 2014 graduation, take the opportunity to see the 1770 Tryon Palace. Unforgettable. And amazing that it not only burned down completely and was reconstructed from drawings found in London but also had an entire highway and town moved so that the palace and grounds could be reconstructed. (Leave it to strong 1950's Southern matrons to achieve such a feat.) The 16 acres of gardens, which run all the...

The Queen Loves Garfield Farm

It's been forever since I wrote to you, and I apologize for the absence. I've been spending a lot of time writing house histories and family genealogies, advocating for better municipal land use decisions (hellooo, City of Lake Forest, even contemplating cutting down 400 oak trees to build a Whole Foods store is shameful) and thinking about what to write about in 2015. Hold onto your hat, the topics may not be limited to gardening or conservation. Hopefully, they will...

Good Conference on Native Gardening: Nov 15th

Hi, everyone. If you want to hear some excellent speakers, check out this conference, sponsored by The Wild Ones, to be held at the College of Lake County on Saturday, November 15. I loved the book on pollinator plants by Doug Tallamy who speaks at 9 am, and Ray Wiggers knows all about WHERE (ravines, gravel, sand, limestone, glacial ridges, lake bottoms, etc) plants grow best (and what fish and birds and insects are where) since he's a geologist and naturalist. I read...

The Polish Garden Writers Club (2 members so far)

I have a friend named Mike Nowak, a fellow hale & hearty Pole and (hail and hardy) garden writer (although Mike is way way way more prodigious than I). He just sent me his new book, in which he wrote the following inscription (which I suspect he writes in every book he autographs, even when the book was not written by him): "To _____: who is almost as funny as I am". This made me laugh. A rare thing, these days, what with beheadings, floods, social injustice, and...

Pity the Poor Arboretum

"Sign of the Times" (or not). Imagine the woe of the arborist who collected and lovingly tended this collection at the Boerner Botanical Gardens, only to see it possibly destroyed  by a bug. Perhaps the Gardens have committed to long-term treatment of the trees with pesticide?...

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The Weedpatch Gazette is written for people who believe that beautiful landscapes should emphasize diversity and richness in plant material and be especially sensitive to landforms, ecology, economy, wildlife, and the wise use of land, water and soil. TWG aims to present information succinctly, with candor, detail, and humor. Submissions of content, well-reasoned criticism, and ideas for stories about landscape and the people who make and appreciate them are always welcome.

 

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