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May/June 2015

Subscribers can read the Chicagoland Gardening May/June 2015 issue online.

Cover: Allium ‘Summer Beauty’ and Digitalis ferruginea. Photography By Jean Starr

Features

Public Principles, Private Space
A gardener in northern Indiana applies a casual romantic look to a home garden with 3-season practicality. By Jean Starr

Simply Grand
With a giant perennial border and a swirling lawn to set it off, this North Shore garden lives up to its hype. By Carolyn Ulrich

Gardening for the Whole Family
A pair of garden designers collaborate to form a home space in Buffalo Grove that serves the needs of both children and adults. By Patrice Peltier

Columns

The Indoor Garden
Common Houseplant Pests

The Edible Garden
Straw Bale Gardening

Gardening Basics
Grow a Cutting Garden

Good Gardens
Englewood’s Growing Home

Problem Solver
A Narrow Side Garden

Chicagoland Natives
Native Oaks

The Garden Classroom
Chicago Horticultural Society

The Container Garden
A Loud Shout Out for Exuberance

Mike Nowak

Departments

Editor’s Note

Q & A

Ask Our Experts

Bee’s Eye View

Regional Reports

What to Do in the Garden

Potpourri
Gardening News and Views

Calendar of Events

Gardener’s Marketplace

Special Section

Public Garden Directory

 

March/April 2015

Subscribers can read the Chicagoland Gardening March/April 2015 issue online.

Cover: Shooting star (Dodecatheon meadia). Photography By Ron Capek

Features

Treasures of the Woodlands
Spring isn’t just for bulbs. Our native woodland wildflowers are perennials that cheer up the shady garden and return to brighten our spirits another year. By Carolyn Ulrich

Starting From Scratch
An experienced gardener buys a retirement home in a small WIsconsin town and plants a brand new garden. By Patrice Peltier


Ablaze With Fiery Color

A modestcorner lot in the western suburbs bursts into magnificent bloom every spring with flowering trees and shrubs. By Betty Earl

Special Supplement: 2015 Resource Guide

Columns

Gardening Basics
Lurie Garden Takeaways

Good Gardens
We Grow Dreams

The Hands-On Gardener
DIY Birdhouses

The Edible Garden
Eat Your Asian Greens

Kids’ Gardening
Ring in Spring with Cloches

Chicagoland Natives
Milkweeds for Monarchs

The Garden Classroom
Bee Friendly

The Container Garden
Spring Fling

Mike Nowak

Departments

Editor’s Note

Q & A

Ask Our Experts

Bee’s Eye View

What to Do in the Garden

Regional Reports

Potpourri
Gardening News and Views

Calendar of Events

Gardener’s Marketplace

Special Sections

Order-Direct Gardening

Spring Gardening Events

 



January/February 2015

Subscribers can read the Chicagoland Gardening January/February 2015 issue online.

On the Cover: Cannova Rose canna. Photography By Ron Capek

Features

Trialed by Jury
These new plants for 2015 made the cut! See what stood out in the field trials at Ball Gardens. By Carolyn Ulrich

New Year, New Ideas
No visit to Cantigny Park is complete without a stop at its Idea Garden. Will some of their ideas work for you? By Cathy Jean Maloney

Lawn Alternatives
When the time comes to reconsider grass, what else is out there? By Carolyn Ulrich

So You Want to Start a Community Garden?
Great Idea, but how exactly do you go about it? LaManda Joy and Alex Poltorak get real and get it done. By Christopher Weber

Columns

Gardening Basics
How to Become a Master Gardener

The Indoor Garden
Asparagus Ferns

The Edible Garden
Three-Season Veggie Plan

Good Gardens
The Growing Solutions Garden

Kids’ Gardening
Child-Friendly Terrarium

The Container Garden
Year-Round Container Picks

Chicagoland Natives
New Ways to Use Natives

Mike Nowak

Departments

Editor’s Letter

Q and A

Ask Our Experts

Miniature gardening is the rage. What enchanting miniature plants work well in a shaded area?

Regional Reports

Potpourri
Gardening News and Views

Calendar of Gardening Events

Special Sections

Order-Direct Gardening

 


November/December 2014

On the Cover: A colorful collection of sedums makes a nice terrarium designed by Alapash in Chicago. Photography By Ron Capek

Features

A New Twist on Terrariums
Exciting plant combinations and new container options bring today’s terrariums to life. By Melinda Myers

Forty Shades of Green
A garden with everything: classic formality, vegetables in the front yard and a cozy rear-yard retreat. By Carolyn Ulrich

Park it Here
It’s not just about the plants. Furniture plays a key role in creating garden beauty. By John Algozzini

Columns

Gardening Basics
12 Garden Myths

The Hands-On Gardener
Create a Succulent Picture

The Indoor Garden
African Violets

Chicagoland Natives
Natives in the Cold

Kids’ Gardening
Be an Egghead

The Garden Classroom
Plants vs. Winter

The Container Garden
Holiday Flourish

Mike Nowak

Departments

Editor’s Letter

Q and A

Ask Our Experts
Miniature gardening is the rage. What enchanting miniature plants work well in a shaded area?

Regional Reports

Potpourri
Gardening News and Views

Calendar of Gardening Events

Special Sections

Order-Direct Gardening

Winter Greens & Activities

 



September/October 2014

Features

Butterfly Heaven
A small garden in Chicago’s far South Side brings in big numbers of butterflies. By Carolyn Ulrich

Great Underused Shrubs
Our top 10 picks (plus two peonies). By Susan Randstrom Bruck

Flowers and Forms
This garden blends modernity with traditional floral abundance. By Carolyn Ulrich

Columns

Gardening Basics
Fall Maintenance Musts

Curb Appeal
Fanciful Foliage

The Hands-On Gardener
Winter Gardening

The Indoor Garden
Bulbs for Spring Containers

The Edible Garden
Herbs Step Out

Kids’ Gardening
All That Glitters

Chicagoland Natives
Prairie Home Companions

The Garden Classroom
Biochar Basics

The Container Garden
Fall Flair and Flash

Mike Nowak

Departments

Editor’s Letter

Q and A

Ask Our Experts
I have an area that would benefit from ground cover, but want one that does not overwhelm the surrounding areas and become invasive. What are my choices?

Regional Reports

Potpourri
Gardening News and Views

Calendar of Gardening Events

 



July/August 2014

Features

The Tropics in Chicagoland
Lake Michigan garden has star power with the tropical section taking bows every summer. By Jean Starr

Sky-High Harvests
Local restaurateurs are taking to the roof to grow vegetables and herbs for their kitchens. By Ramon Gonzalez

Schooled in Good Gardening
A space that shows the strong sense of color, form, texture and plain old how-to knowledge of one Villa Park gardener. By Carolyn Ulrich

Columns

Curb Appeal
Walk This Way

Gardening Basics
Unusual Tools

The Hands-On Gardener
Serious Seed Saving

The Edible Garden
Meet the Three Sisters

Chicagoland Natives
Prairie Path Pilgrimage

Kids’ Gardening
Make a Sun Print

Problem Solver
Dealing With a Narrow Space

The Container Garden
Going in Circles

Mike Nowak

Departments

Editor’s Letter

Q and A

Ask Our Experts
What are your recommendations for some great landscape trees for a wet area?

Regional Reports

Potpourri
Gardening News and Views

Calendar of Gardening Events

 

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