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May/June 2018

Subscribers can read the Chicagoland Gardening May/June 2018 issue online.

Cover: Cumbanita Rose Splash geranium

Photo Courtesy of Ron Capek


Features

The Best Known Misnamed Plant

Geraniums are popular because they’re beautiful. Now new varieties are increasing their allure. By Jean Starr

Brotherly Gardening

A shared space has provided the setting for a rich life of constant beauty and a sense of purpose. By Carolyn Ulrich

DIY and Then Some

If you set your mind to it, you can surprise yourself (and the world) with your accomplishments. That’s certainly true of Chris and Laurie Beytes. By Carolyn Ulrich


Columns

The New Gardener

Balcony Gardening

Design Tips

Cottage Charm in an Urban Yard


The Indoor Garden

A Little TLC for Houseplants

The Edible Garden

Incredible Edible Sorrel

The Hands-On Gardener

Let There be Light

Chicagoland Natives

Amazing Agastaches

The Garden Classroom

Why Grow in Coconut Coir

Mike Nowak

When Garden Clubs Go Bad

Departments

Editor’s Note

Q & A

Ask The Garden Pros

Regional Reports

What to Do in the Garden

Potpourri

Gardening News and Views

Calendar of Events

Gardener’s Marketplace


Special Sections

Glorious Gardens of the Midwest

 

March/April 2018

Subscribers can read the Chicagoland Gardening March/April 2018 issue online.

Cover: Iris sibirica ‘Caesar’s Brother’

Photo Courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden

Features

A Gift from the Gods
Iris are easy to grow, long-lasting and elegant. Think of them as heaven-sent. By Carolyn Ulrich

City Villa with Views
Traditional garden elements are reinterpreted in this contemporary landscape design. By Cathy Jean Maloney

Gardens of the Pros: A Passion for Perfection
This North Shore garden is a shining demonstration of how to work creatively with trees and shrubs. By Carolyn Ulrich


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Columns

New Gardener
Vegetable Basics

The Indoor Garden
Azaleas for the House

The Edible Garden
Beans: The Easy Vegetable

The Hands-On Gardener
The Art of Bonsai

Design Tips
Wake Up a Flower Bed

Chicagoland Natives
Golden Alexanders

The Garden Classroom
Sheds Go Chic

Mike Nowak
Who’s a Good Little Garden?

Departments

Editor’s Note

Q & A

Ask the Garden Pros

Regional Reports

What to Do in the Garden

Potpourri
Gardening News and Views

Calendar of Events

Gardener’s Marketplace


Special Sections

Order-Direct Gardening

Native Gardening

 

January/February 2018

Subscribers can read the Chicagoland Gardening January/February 2018 issue online.

Cover: Oregano ‘Kirigami’
Photography By Ron Capek

Features

The Annual Crop Report
We visit the trial gardens at Ball Horticultural and make our 2018 recommendations for homeowners. By Carolyn Ulrich

Outside the Bungalow
A couple creates a cozy storybook garden in Hinsdale. By Nina A. Koziol

Gardens of the Pros: Crazy for Conifers
Evergreens of all shapes, sizes and colors have long found their home at the gardens of Rich and Susan Eyre. By Michelle Byrne Walsh

Columns

The Container Garden
Winning Design

New Gardener
Stress-Free Plants for Beginners

The Edible Garden
Award Winning Vegetables

The Hands-On Gardener
Collecting Seeds

The Indoor Garden
Easy Houseplant Propagation

Design Tips
A Contemporary Container Garden

Problem Solver
What to Do with Acres of Shade

Chicagoland Natives
Foxy Neighbors

Garden Classroom
Trees for the Next Century

Mike Nowak
Wake Up and Smell the Science!

Departments

Editor’s Note

Q & A

Ask the Garden Pros

Regional Reports

Potpourri
Gardening News and Views

Calendar of Events

 

November/December 2017

Subscribers can read the Chicagoland Gardening November/December 2017 issue online.

Cover: Magenta Flame cyclamen. Photography By Ron Capek

FEATURES

Cyclamen: Naturally Cool
A winter houseplant standby gets a boost from intriguing new varieties. By Liz Holmberg

A Truly Modern Garden
Batavia gardeners reinterpret the basics with contemporary flair. By Carolyn Ulrich

A Year of Flower Arrangements, Month by Month
Flower arrangements from the garden month-by-month. By Susan Randstrom-Bruck

Gardens of the Pros: The Second Act
A landscape architect re-designs for retirement. By Cathy Jean Maloney

COLUMNS

Garden Basics
A Snow Job?

The Indoor Garden
Plants of Steel

Design Tips
Old World Privacy

The Edible Garden
Bay Leaf Plant

The Hands-On Gardener
Maintaining Garden Tools

Chicagoland Natives
Solutions for Salt

The Garden Classroom
Sensing Wonder

Mike Nowak
’Twas the Night Before Solstice

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note

Q & A

Ask the Garden Pros

What to Do in the Garden

Bee’s Eye View

Regional Reports

Potpourri
Gardening News and Views

Calendar of Events

SPECIAL SECTIONS

Order-Direct Gardening

Holiday Greens & Activities

 

September/October 2017

Subscribers can read the Chicagoland Gardening September/October 2017 issue online.

Cover: New England aster and goldenrod at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Photography By Ron Capek

Features

They’re Golden
Time to wrap up the bad rap: goldenrods are ideal autumn plants. By Mary Bolden

No Fence – Best Neighbors
Their personalities are compatible, and so are their gardens. By Cathy Jean Maloney

Gardens of the Pros: Steven Meyer
The Chicago Park District’s horticulturist never stops gardening. By Carolyn Ulrich

Columns

Garden Basics
You Can Grow Dahlias

The Indoor Garden
Raising a Big Stink

The Edible Garden
Hopping Good News

Design Tips
A Rock Garden with a View

The Hands-On Gardener
Building a Fire Pit

Chicagoland Natives
Gentians in Blue and White

The Garden Classroom
Perennials in Focus

The Container Garden
Autumn Waterfall

Mike Nowak
Gardening Session

Departments

Editor’s Note

Q & A

Ask the Garden Pros

What to Do in the Garden

Regional Reports

Bee’s Eye View

Potpourri
Gardening News and Views

Calendar of Events

Gardener’s Marketplace

 

July/August 2017

Subscribers can read the Chicagoland Gardening July/August 2017 issue online.

Cover: ‘Wayside King Royale’ daylily; Photography By Ron Capek

Features

Daylilies Rising
A Thornton man returns to the dream home of his childhood and fills it with daylilies. By Heather Blackmore

Splendor in the Shade
An Evanston garden offers elegance, exquisite plants and a grand view of the lake. By Lee Randhava

Rick Bayless: Gardens of the Pros
They harvest food crops all year long at Rick Bayless’s garden in the city. By Bill Shores

Departments

Editor’s Note

Q & A

Ask the Garden Pros

What to Do in the Garden

Bee’s Eye View

Regional Reports

Potpourri
Gardening News and Views

Calendar of Events

Gardener’s Marketplace

Columns

Garden Basics
Hydrangeas 101

Design Tips
Outdoor Elegance

The Edible Garden
Using Summer Herbs

The Hands-On Gardener
Planting in a Water Garden

Chicagoland Natives
Planting 1,000 Native Trees a Year

Problem Solver
Garden in a Driveway

The Container Garden
Downtown Chic

Mike Nowak
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