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January/February 2017

Subscribers can read the Chicagoland Gardening January/February 2017 issue online.

Cover: Inferno coleus and Lucky Red lantana. Photography By Ron Capek

Features

What Makes a Plant New?
A review of the best and the brightest among this year’s new flowering crops. By Carolyn Ulrich

One Space: 5 Solutions
See how Aquascape designed five different gardens for the same teeny space at last year’s Chicago Flower & Garden Show. By Carolyn Ulrich

The Conifer Collector
Bob Coultrip in Naperville combine 250 conifers with a water garden and most magnificent redbud tree. By Heather Blackmore

When the Gardener Goes Home
A peak into the garden of Jeff Epping inaugurates our Gardens of the Pros series. By Patrice Peltier

Columns

Gardening Basics
Beginner Garden Tasks

Design Tips
The Beautiful Vegetable Garden

The Edible Garden
107 Tomatoes and Counting

The Container Garden
Bright in the Shade

The Indoor Garden
Blooming Plant Chart

The Hands-On Gardener
Plant Markers from Silverware

Chicagoland Natives
Natives Vs. Non-Natives

Garden Classroom
Trends for 2017

Mike Nowak


Departments

Editor’s Note

Q & A

Ask the Garden Pros

Regional Reports

Bee’s Eye View

Potpourri
Gardening News and Views

Calendar of Events


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November/December 2016

Subscribers can read the Chicagoland Gardening November/December 2016 issue online.

Cover: Hellebore Double White Spotted. Photography By Ron Capek

Features

11 Plants that Love the Cold
Early bloomers and late lingerers for winter. By Ben Futa

Backyard Stay-cation
A water garden in Elmhurst keeps its owners happy at home. By Nina A. Koziol

The Artful Garden Full of Art
Color and repurposed objects in Valparaiso. By Beverly Thevenin

Columns

Garden Basics
Save Those Leaves

Problem Solver
Plant a Layered Bulb Container

The Indoor Garden
Grimm’s Shop of Horrors

The Edible Garden
Figuring Out Figs

Good Gardens
The Christmas Tree Ship Still Sails

Chicagoland Natives
Get Rid of Buckthorn

The Hands-On Gardener
How to Graft

The Garden Classroom
Plant Hunters

The Container Garden
Indoor Winter Salads

Mike Nowak

Departments

Editor’s Note

Q & A

Ask the Garden Pros

Regional Reports

Potpourri
Gardening News and Views

Calendar of Events

Gardener’s Marketplace

 

September/October 2016

Subscribers can read the Chicagoland Gardening September/October 2016 issue online.

Cover: Ruby-throated humming bird on a pink hibiscus. Photography By Ellen Hodges

Features

Bon Voyage
Give your garden visitors a splendid send-off this autumn. By Nina Koziol

Rescuing Its Reputation
A garden clad in lustrous green velvet – what could be more beautiful? Time to reconsider moss. By Susan Crawford

Living the Green Life on the Green
With a golf course for a backyard, these far south suburban homeowners enjoy the biggest lawn in the world – and they never have to mow it. By Carolyn Ulrich

Columns

Garden Basics
Consider Colchicums

The Indoor Garden
Spectacular Calathea

The Edible Garden
Harvest Time for Potatoes

Chicagoland Natives
Avoid Invasive Water Plants

The Hands-On Gardener
Funky Pumpkins

The Garden Classroom
Revitalizing a Historic Garden

The Container Garden
Edibles for the Front Yard

Mike Nowak

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
Plus 2016 Fall Festivals

Gardener’s Marketplace

 

July/August 2016

Subscribers can read the Chicagoland Gardening July/August 2016 issue online.

Cover: Begonias and ferns at the rectory garden of the Maternity BVM Church in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Photography By Ron Capek

Features

A Garden Refuge Worthy of the Name
Outdoor garden rooms provide shade and color. By Deb Terrill

Hanging it Up to Dry
You can extend the season and bring your garden indoors by just drying some of your choicest flowers. By Jean Starr

Butterfly Garden in a Trailer Park
Think you have no room for a garden? See what one gardener has accomplished at her Bridgeview mobile home. By Carolyn Ulrich

Columns

Garden Basics
Heat Hardiness Zones

The Indoor Garden
Gloxinias

The Edible Garden
Summer Soups

The Hands-On Gardener
How to Root Prune

Good Gardens
Just Food Initiative

Chicagoland Natives
Blue-Flowering Natives

Problem Solver
Vertical Gardens

The Container Garden
Edibles for Shade

Mike Nowak

Departments

Editor’s Note

Q & A

Ask the Garden Pros

Bee’s Eye View

Regional Reports

What to Do in the Garden

Potpourri
Gardening News and Views

Calendar of Events

Gardener’s Marketplace

 

May/June 2016

Subscribers can read the Chicagoland Gardening May/June 2016 issue online.

Cover: Paeonia lactiflora ‘White Cap’. Photography By Jean Starr

Features

Smell This!
More than 30 recommendations for scented sampling this summer. By Jean Starr

Sky-High Gardening
Living the high life isn’t just for people. Plants can find a happy home on roofs and balconies. By Carolyn Ulrich

Have You Considered Lupines?
A showy hybrid and two American natives make lupines a star of the early summer garden. By Susan Randstrom Bruck

Columns

The Indoor Garden
Palmy Weather

Gardening Basics
Top Tomato Tips

The Edible Garden
Crop Failures

The Hands-On Gardener
Chicken Mulch Matters

Good Gardens
Jardincito Garden in Little Village

Chicagoland Natives
Pocket Prairies

The Garden Classroom
Details on The Plant

The Container Garden
Growing Up

Mike Nowak

Departments

Editor’s Note

Q & A

Ask The Garden Pros

What to Do in the Garden

Regional Reports

Potpourri
Gardening News and Views

Calendar of Events

Gardener’s Marketplace

 

March/April 2016

Subscribers can read the Chicagoland Gardening March/April 2016 issue online.

Cover: Daffodils and grape hyacinths. Photography By Ron Capek

Features

Daffodil Duos
Colorful companions and fantastic foliage to enhance your daffodil display. By Carolyn Ulrich

Mom Knows Best
A south suburban gardener and her mother combine forces to create a special shady garden. By Heather Blackmore

A Contemporary Courtyard with Continental Flair
With a parkway, a private courtyard and a rooftop garden, this recently constructed townhouse meets a city family’s multiple needs. By Carolyn Ulrich

Columns

Gardening Basics
Next-Gen Pavers

Good Gardens
Ginkgo Organic Gardens

The Hands-On Gardener
How to Raise Bees

The Indoor Garden
Try Tillandsia

Chicagoland Natives
The Burnham Wildlife Corridor

The Edible Garden
Growing & Cooking Rhubarb

The Garden Classroom
Forcing for the Flower Show

The Container Garden
Edible Containers for Spring

Mike Nowak

Departments

Editor’s Note

Q & A

Ask the Garden Pros

Bee’s Eye View

What to Do in the Garden

Regional Reports

Potpourri
Gardening News and Views

Calendar of Events

Gardener’s Marketplace

 

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