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CHICAGO PLANTS, LANDSCAPES, PARKS & PRESERVES

~ and the people that create them ~

Woe the Ornamental Pear Tree: Invasive, But Does It Make the “Invasive List”?

Trouble's brewing over the fate of Ornamental Pear [Pyrus calleryana] trees. It seems that this tree (you may know its cultivar names such as Aristocrat, Bradford, Chanticleer, Cleveland Select, Redspire, Trinity, or Jaczam) is becoming invasive in northeastern Illinois. In fact, Cathy McGlynn, coordinator of the Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership, told me that attempts to regulate its sale were recently proposed because conservationists fear that "it may...

Restoration Ecology: Bad Signs, Good Books, and Henry Cowles

I am not a biologist nor a botanist, merely an interested gardener, but our trip to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore did offer a few "head scratchers". For example, why is it that so often I notice signs like this... ...which are then surrounded by non-native plants (in this case, coreopsis and agastache)? In our town, the "Restoration Area: Do Not Mow" signs posted on the publicly-owned Lake Michigan bluff are apparently markers for inviting rampant noxious weeds...

The Indiana Dunes National Seashore: Homes and Homesteads

Have you been to the Indiana Dunes National Seashore lately? In October, we took the short drive to Indiana to tour the "Houses of Tomorrow" from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair: Century of Progress that were hauled by barge to Indiana's lakeshore as part of a housing developer's promotion. The Federal government now owns the homes (located near Beverly Shores) but leases them to people who agree to restore them to their 1933 "glory". This is easier said than done. Seems...

Astounding Mosaiculture! Which One is your Favorite?

I hope you will open this link and be ASTONISHED at human ingenuity. http://myvirtualgarden2.blogspot.com/2013/09/mosaiculture-exhibition.html?m=1 Thank you to Courtney Dobyns, landscape designer in Vermont, for sending weedpatchgazette.com this display of sculptures in Montreal. Three of these models struck home with me: first, I saw the exact big brown incredibly shaggy dog today at the mailboxes store; second, my husband used his chainsaw to carve an Easter Island...

It’s waayyyy past time to outlaw Buckthorn!

The first two emails in my inbox today concern Buckthorn--the scourge of the Chicago region. First, my husband John sent me a photo of the black berries produced by female Buckthorn trees. He suggested that for readers who might be unsure how to identify this weed, the berries are a surefire sign: The second email was sent by fisherman Paul Bergmann. It appears we now know what's ruining the ecosystem for amphibians. Buckthorn! (PS I live in Lake Forest, which I think...

Save the Raptors, Savor the White (But Don’t Drink the Milk)

A small blurb in the Lake County, IL Audubon Society's fall newsletter caught my eye...and as a result I visited a website called, barnswallow.net. What a wonderful thing that Wauconda resident Linda Breuer is doing to care for and raise owls, hawks and other raptors. Don't you just LOVE LOVE LOVE people who are so devoted to animals? And don't you just LOVE LOVE LOVE "Boopie", the owl? He needs your money to care for his amputated foot. Autumn is the time to savor orange and red...

Here’s to Tiny Bubbles!

Disclaimer: This has nothing to do with gardening. This morning I opened a random link and read this: "Two Americans and a German shared the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine this year. Americans James E. Rothman and Randy W. Schekman, and German Thomas C. Sudhof were awarded the prize Monday for discoveries of how the body's cells decide when and where to deliver the molecules they produce. The Nobel Assembly said the three "have solved the mystery of how the cell...

Gotta Love the Signmakers!

Just a note to all of you (thanks for subscribing!) to say that we are off on a vacation for a few weeks, so chances are I will not be posting any Weedpatch articles while on the road, although you never know... But before taking off, I just had to share these two signs with you. And I hope you will comment on what you think they mean. This first one is your own, "glass empty or glass half-full" test..is it your bad human nature or your good that will "come out" while...

Thanks to the Woodpeckers and Nut Hatches

Have you all seen this Wall Street Journal article? http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323446404579011172323705040.html?KEYWORDS=ash+trees#articleTabs%3Darticle May they eat and eat and eat until the Emerald Ash Borer stops its rampage through the Midwest.##

Buy a Hosta, Build a Future

Saturday, August 24, 9am-4pm Hosta Sale.  Rich's Foxwillow Pines Nursery in Woodstock, IL, will have several hundred varieties of hostas for sale to benefit Heifer International. All hostas are $5.00 and up. Heifer International (HI) is a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to ending world hunger and poverty and caring for the earth. HI provides livestock, trees, training, and other resources to help struggling families build sustainable futures. The...

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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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