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CHICAGO PLANTS, LANDSCAPES, PARKS & PRESERVES

~ and the people that create them ~

What Does Your Veg Garden Grow?

I lost a month! Somehow with all the gloom and gray and snow, I was totally shocked the other night when I started thumbing through the Chicago Botanic Garden's course guide, picked out a "spring" class that sounded good, and realized that the class had been held two weeks ago! OMG, it is the end of March and I haven't given the vaguest thought to gardening (usu in February I'm even starting some seeds)! Foof, get it together, Queen Bee! One good way to get the month back,...

A March Sunset just a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean…

“They captured in their ramble all the mysteries and magics of a March evening. Very still and mild it was, wrapped in a great, white, brooding silence -- a silence which was yet threaded through with many little silvery sounds which you could hear if you hearkened as much with your soul as your ears. The girls wandered down a long pineland aisle that seemed to lead right out into the heart of a deep-red, overflowing winter sunset.”  ― Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942),...

Not a Centerfold, but Close!

I've always wanted to be a magazine centerfold, fodder for the tabloids, or a great read for your time in line at the grocery store. And this is as close as I may ever get: Thank you to Better Homes and Gardens editor James Baggett, my longtime friend and garden "personality"/writer Shirley Remes, writer and editor Beth Botts, and photographer Bob Stefko for making our farm in Richmond, Illinois seem like the most romantic old farm EVER! Please find and buy a copy--and...

Garfield Park Conservatory and Mothers Trust Foundation: Congratulations

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,...

Start to a Cheerful Tuesday

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...

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

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 resources are...

Spring MUST be near…

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! HAPPY VALENTINE'S...

The Turtle Hospital

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 in the ocean....

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

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...

MISSION

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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