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November/December 2013

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Holiday arrangement of roses and succulents. Photography By Ron Capek

Features

Come in from the Cold
A solarium in Oak Brook brings beauty and light to the darkest season. By Cathy Jean Maloney

Florida, Chicago Style
Bertha Palmer, early doyenne of style and smart real estate transactions,
lived in two different garden worlds. By Cathy Jean Maloney

Portrait of a Specimen Garden
Choice conifers, weeping beeches and Japanese maples transform Ken Schuch’s Crete garden into a mini-arboretum. By Nina A. Koziol

Columns

My Favorite Plant
Annual Poppy (Papaver somniferum)

Gardening Basics
Best Books for Winter Reading

The Hands-On Gardener
Amaryllis How-To

The Indoor Garden
Plants Your Cats Won’t Eat

Chicagoland Natives
Another Reason to Hate Buckthorn

Problem Solver
Salt-Tolerant Plants

The Container Garden
Cooking Up a Winter Container

The Garden Classroom
The Goods on Geese

Mike Nowak

Departments

Editor’s Letter

Q and A

Ask Our Experts
What are your favorite unusual plants that make an interesting focal point in a front-yard flowerbed?

Regional Reports

Savvy Shopper

Potpourri
Gardening News and Views

Winter Greens and Activities

Calendar of Gardening Events

 

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September/October 2013

On Our Cover

Zinnia Zowie Yellow Flame
By Betty Earl

Features

First Impressions Count
Big, bold and beautiful plantings make this downstate garden an immediate delight. By Betty Earl

Chicago By Design
Innovative design choices by Dave Van Zelst solve a multitude of small-space constraints in this city garden. By Carolyn Ulrich

Down by the Riverside
Just blocks from the Kankakee River, a couple in Momence shares a garden with a pond, trees and Japanese-inspired tranquility. By Deb Terrill

Victorious!
The Peterson Garden Project evokes the victory gardens of the past but with a modern twist. By Christopher Weber

Columns

My Favorite Plant
Lesser Calamint

Gardening Basics
Fall Bulb Primer

The Hands-On Gardener
Dividing Big Hostas

The Indoor Garden
Medinilla magnifica

The Edible Garden
Eggplants

Problem Solver
Small Ornamental Trees

The Gardener
Backyard Bonsai

The Garden Classroom
Fungi in the Garden

The Container Garden
Dare to be Bold

Mike Nowak

Departments

Editor’s Letter

Q and A

Ask Our Experts
What are some perennials that benefit by being divided in the fall?

What to Do in the Garden

Regional Reports

Savvy Shopper

Potpourri
Gardening News and Views

Fall Festivals

Calendar of Gardening Events

 

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July/August 2013

On Our Cover

Peruvian daffodil (Hymenocallis festalis)on Capek

Features

Summer-Blooming Bulbs
When the last tulip fades into oblivion, set your sights on these summer-blooming spectaculars. By Deb Terrill

Suburban Subdivision Triumph
Who says that gardening on a former cornfield is doomed to failure? Certainly not Laverne and Pete Bohlin whose garden is a happy mix of prairie, vegetables and flowers. By Carolyn Ulrich

Doing the Unthinkable
Reducing the amount of lawn is one thing, but what about removing it altogether? And what do you plant in its place? This suburban front yard offers an attractive answer. By Carolyn Ulrich

Columns

My Favorite Plant
Sesleria autumnalis

Gardening Basics
Hardscapes 101

The Edible Garden
Herbal Harvest

The Hands-On Gardener
Drip Irrigation How-To

Chicagoland Natives
Welcoming Pollinators at Brookfield Zoo

The Gardener
Doug Wood

The Garden Classroom
Tree and Climate Change

The Container Garden
Taking It Up a Notch

Mike Nowak

Departments

Editor’s Letter

Q and A

Ask Our Experts
What are the most common gardening myths you hear from your customers?

What to Do in the Garden

Regional Reports

Savvy Shopper

Potpourri
Gardening News and Views

Directory of Garden Walks

Calendar of Gardening Events

 

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May/June 2013

On Our Cover

Lady of Shalott rose (R. ‘Ausnyson’)
Photo Courtesy of David Austin Roses

Features

Irresistible Roses
When it comes to roses, some of us just can’t say no. Here’s the true confession of one local gardener. By Carolyn Ulrich

Living Large in a Little Garden
A Momence couple recreates garden layers that fit their lives and has become a gathering place for the community. By Deb Terrill

West of the Lake
Once private, this spectacular Wisconsin garden is now open to the public.
By Patrice Peltier

Mission Impossible?
So you think we can’t grow lavender in the upper Midwest? Think again. These gardeners grow it and grow it well. By Jean Starr

Columns

My Favorite Plant
Crinum americanum

Gardening Basics
10 Words to Know

The Indoor Garden
Houseplants to Love

The Edible Garden
Berries for Containers

The Hands-On Gardener
Smarter than a Chipmunk

Problem Solver
Quick Cover Plants

Chicagoland Natives
Going Natural in Our Yard

The Gardener
Robert D. Steinbach

The Garden Classroom
World’s Fair Gardens

The Container Garden
Transition Time

Mike Nowak

Departments

Editor’s Letter

Q and A

Ask Our Experts
I‘m looking for three plants to combine in a large container that will provide major impact and last for a long time in a sunny spot. What do you recommend?

What to Do in the Garden

Regional Reports

Savvy Shopper

Potpourri
Gardening News and Views

Calendar of Gardening Events

 

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March/April 2013

On Our Cover

Crown imperial (Fritillaria imperialis ‘Lutea Maxima’)
Photo: www.longfield-gardens.com

Features

Weird and Wonderful Spring Bulbs
What to grow when daffodils and crocuses don’t have enough dash. By Beth Botts

Flying High
Kay MacNeil gardens for wildlife at her Frankfort garden. No wonder they
call her the “bluebird lady.” By Nina Koziol

From the Inside Out
Aquascape’s Brian Helfrich designs a full-wservice pond garden for his
suburban home. By Carolyn Ulrich

Columns

Gardening Basics
How to Build a Raised Bed

My Favorite Plant
Kolkwitzia Dream Catcher ™

The Indoor Garden
How to Get Your Orchid to Rebloom

The Edible Garden
Growing Onions

Problem Solver
Plants for Dry Shade

The Hands-On Gardener
Building a Skyline Fence

The Gardener
Marji Hess

Chicagoland Natives
A Prairie in Your Pocket

The Garden Classroom
Native Bees

The Container Garden
Beauties for the Cool Season

Mike Nowak

Departments

Editor’s Letter

Q and A

Ask Our Experts
If someone is looking for something unusual, yet reliable and not too high-maintenance, to add to their existing landscape, what would you recommend?

What to Do in the Garden

Regional Reports

Savvy Shopper

Potpourri
Gardening News and Views

Calendar of Gardening Events

Special Sections

Order-Direct Gardening
Spring Garden Events

 

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January/February 2013

On Our Cover

A Celosia ‘Tornado Red’.
By Ron Capek

Features

2013 Garden Planner

Experts’ Vegetable Picks
Two of our favorite local gardeners share the “must grow” vegetables
that are on their lists.

Hot Plants for a Hot Summer
Ball Horticultural’s Jim Nau returns to share his plant picks for the new year.
By Jim Nau

Putting It into Practice
“Sustainability” is the buzzword of the day, but what does it really mean
when it comes to our gardens? By Patrice Peltier

Columns

My Favorite Plant
Boltonia asteroides

Gardening Basics
Post-Drought Lawn Care

The Indoor Garden
Houseplants for Every Situation

Problem Solver
Planting on a Slope

The Hands-On Gardener
Grow a Knot Garden

The Garden Classroom
Plants for Extreme Conditions

The Container Garden
Common Container Concerns

Mike Nowak

Departments

Editor’s Letter

Q and A

Ask Our Experts
What are three easy vegetables, herbs or fruits that you would recommend
to someone who has never gardened before?

What to Do in the Garden

Regional Reports

Savvy Shopper

Potpourri
Gardening News and Views

Calendar of Gardening Events

Special Sections

Order-Direct Gardening

 

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