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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

 

January/February 2016

Subscribers can read the Chicagoland Gardening January/February 2016 issue online.

Cover Photo: EnduraScape Blue verbena and Jolt Pink dianthus. Photography By Ron Capek

Features

Passing the Test
These new plants soared to the top of the class at the Ball Horticultural company’s annual trials. By Carolyn Ulrich

Glorious Ground Covers
Tough, living mulches fill awkward spaces, fight off weeds and offer a lovely grass alternative. By Betty Earl

Bringing it Home
Grand public spaces offer lessons for the small home garden. By John Algozzini

Veggies in a Big Way
An Indiana couple harvests super abundant crops with their unique wicking bed system. By Jean Starr

Columns

Gardening Basics
Replacements for Ash Trees

The Indoor Garden
The Love Plant

Problem Solver
Creative Curb Appeal

Good Gardens
Finding Sanctuary

The Hands-On Gardener
Winter Sowing

The Container Garden
Designing Mini-gardens

Chicagoland Natives
Native Roses
Year-Round Color from Natives

Mike Nowak

Departments

Editor’s Note

Q & A

Ask the Garden Pros

Bee’s Eye View

Regional Reports

Potpourri
Gardening News and Views

Calendar of Events

Gardener’s Marketplace

 

November/December 2015

Subscribers can read the Chicagoland Gardening November/December 2015 issue online.

Cover Photo: Snow on the mountain (Euphorbia marginata). Photography By Ron Capek

Features

Poinsettia and Its Kin
They don’t look alike. Not even close. But kinfolk come in all shapes and sizes. True of people and true of plants. By Carolyn Ulrich

The Four-Season Garden
A corner lot planted exclusively with native plants provides beauty and interest whatever the season. By Heather Prince

Hedged In
Every garden needs structure to provide order and enhance the beauty of its other plantings. Sometimes a living hedge is the answer. By Mary Boldan

Columns

The Indoor Garden
Rarely-Blooming Plants

Garden Basics
Landscaping Don’ts

The Edible Garden
Goji Berries

The Hands-On Gardener
DIY Book Planter

Kids’ Gardening
Make a Coat Hanger Topiary

Good Gardens
Random Acts of Flowers

The Container Garden
Beyond Red and Green

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

Gardener’s Marketplace

Special Sections

Order-Direct Gardening

Winter Greens & Activities

 

September/October 2015

Subscribers can read the Chicagoland Gardening September/October 2015 issue online.

Features

Egomania in the Universe
All of nature wants to live forever. By Carolyn Ulrich

Painting with Plants
When an avid gardener meets an artist, the result is garden artistry. By Nina A. Koziol

The Gourd: Nature’s Art
In the garden air or in your home, gourds brighten the autumn displays. By Susan Randstrom Bruck

Columns

The Indoor Garden
Four Fabulous Houseplants

Garden Basics
Saving Dahlias

The Edible Garden
Growing Celeriac

The Hands-On Gardener
Easy DIY Bird Feeders

Kids’ Gardening
Painted Pumpkins

Chicagoland Natives
Milkweeds: A Good “Weed”

The Garden Classroom
Cover Crops

The Container Garden
Magical Transformation

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

Special Sections

Order-Direct Gardening

Landscape Guide

 

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