Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The Chicago Botanic Garden, along with the Morton Arboretum and the Ornamental Grower’s Association, will introduce three new plants at the Mid-American Horticultural Show this January.
The Chicago Botanic Garden, in collaboration with the Morton Arboretum and the Ornamental Grower’s Association, will introduce three new plants – the Forever Pink Phlox, the Beijing Gold Peking Tree Lilac and the Crescendo Sugar Maple – at the Mid-American Horticultural Show in mid-January. “All of the breeding that I do is in the ground [at the Botanic Garden], so I’m truly selecting plants that will work in the ground in northern Illinois,” said Dr. Jim Ault, Director of Ornamental Plant Research, who developed the Forever Pink Phlox. Ault has his bachelor’s, master’s and PhD in botany, but has been doing horticulture for 25 years and “hasn’t looked back once.” He’s been at the Chicago Botanic Garden for 18 years. Years of testing and …
Friday, June 1, 2012
Let Patch help you plan what you're going to do.
Can't decide what you and the family will do this weekend? If you don't mind taking a chance on rain, get out and enjoy all the area has to offer. Patch has a few ideas: Follow the Leader What: Respecting Wildlife: A Creatively Caring Special Event. A second-grader will take young and old alike through a presentation on the National Geographic Society, respect for wildlife and then help kids make a free craft to take home. Nature Center Rangers will also be on hand to answer questions. The Basics: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 2, River Trail Nature Center, 3120 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook. Free. Why: Young people have great ideas, and we can learn a lot from them. Grab the Big One What: Trout and Grouse is offering Fly Fishing 101. The Basics: …
Monday, October 31, 2011
Did your pet get gussied up for Halloween?
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Monday, October 31, 2011
Does your pet love Halloween? Okay, let's rephrase that. Do you love Halloween and does your pet love you so much that they'll play along? If so, and you got your critter into costume, please share your photos with us. If the gallery doesn't satisfy your hunger to see pets in costume, check out this great video from last year's Spooky Pooch Parade at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Were you there this year?
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Never mind the early sunsets and frosty mornings: there are many ways to enjoy this special time of year.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Sure, summer is fun, what with the pools, picnics and days in the yard. But fall has just as much to offer. Fewer bugs, trees turning color, cooler breezes and delicious treats are just a few reasons to celebrate the changing season. Following are a few events sure to keep your spirits high: Autumnfest, Northbrook Neighbors of all ages can celebrate Autumnfest Saturday, Oct. 1, from 4-7 p.m. at Meadowhill Park. This is the third year that the Northbrook Park District will host the free community event, which includes live bands, a talent show, costume contest, pie-baking contest, craft show, food vendors and games for participants of all ages. Find more information at nbparks.org or by calling 847-291-2995. Bonfire at Wagner Farm Toasted…
Friday, September 9, 2011
Caterer has guests munching on organic foods brought in from nearby Midwest states.
It was a beautiful, breezy evening for those attending the Farm Dinner at the Chicago Botanic Garden on Wednesday night, and the menu wasn't that bad, either. The cocktails were fresh from Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois; some of the main-course herbs were picked right from their stems at the garden; and Chicago-based City Provisions, which caters only the finest in locally grown, sustainable and organic foods, did the cooking. Other food stories: Time Marches on for Grocery Store Owner More than 50 guests, who each paid $200 for the dinner reservations and tour through the fruit and vegetable garden, indulged in bacon- and buttercake-stuffed jalapenos as an appetizer, and portobello mushrooms with kale and bleu cheese over ciabatta bread…
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Attendees give exhibit at the Chicago Botanic Garden all-around high marks.
Contestants in the 34th annual Mid-America Bonsai Exhibit not only had their plants on display last weekend, but also their patience in cultivating the exceptional foliage. The winner of the professional best in show ribbon was displayed through a series of pictures that showed the tree’s growth since 1972. It is proof of the dedication required to nurture Japanese maple, one of the slowest growing and most challenging bonsai plants. “Seeing one of that caliber is amazing,” said Cat Nelson, president of the Midwest Bonsai Society. “The quality of the trees that came this year made this one of our best shows.” More than 50 people from five states throughout the Midwest displayed 127 bonsai from Aug. 19-21 at the Chicago Botanic Garden in …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Our weekly series will list something for you to do all summer.
Patch is your guide as you become a tourist in Chicagoland. Whether you're new to town or want to explore the city you've loved for years, check out the Patch Passport series. One of Chicago's most beloved green spaces flourishes at the Chicago Botanic Garden, a 385-acre plot of land in Glencoe. The northern suburb is nestled into the North Shore next to Winnetka and Glencoe. If you're looking for a break from the city, the North Shore's garden is just the launch pad for a variety of tastes, sights and sounds. You can drive your car, hop off I-94 or Sheridan Road (there's ample space in the parking lot), or consider biking on one of the many trails (check out the attached bike map). The Chicago Botanic Garden's website will also lead you …
Monday, August 8, 2011
It was Military Appreciation Day at the Chicago Botanic Garden on Saturday.
Despite the early morning rain, more than 80 local military personnel and their family members spent a memorable day Saturday at the Chicago Botanic Garden during its Military Appreciation Day. The event in Glencoe was co-sponsored by the Tawani Foundation, an organization which, according to their website, seeks to enhance and promote “the awareness of the importance of the Citizen Soldier through preservation of military history & heritage,” among other things and, The USO of Illinois Discovery Kids. Read more: Navy Seaman Receives a Hero's Welcome in Winnetka. The military families enjoyed a free day of activities, which included narrated tours on the Grand Tram, admission to the Landmarks of America Model Railroad Garden, all 24 of the…
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Let Dad set the agenda for Father's Day weekend.
Make your Father's Day celebration a necktie-free zone this year. Honor your favorite guy(s) with time to play at one of these hot spots. Canoe at the Chicago Botanic Garden See the garden from a different angle when you canoe the Chicago River on Father's Day. An aquatic biologist will cruise with you to explain what you’re seeing and what the Chicago Botanic Garden is doing to restore the area. Best of all: no canoe experience is necessary. Find more information and register in advance online. Car Show at the Glen Stroll Tower Drive through The Glen Town Center for a view of the cars you and Dad always wished you owned. Admission is free Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The show will feature a wide array of classic and vintage model cars, with up…
The garden will feed people all over the Chicagoland area.
A little more of Kraft Foods is now dedicated to feeding people -- the company unveiled a garden on its global headquarters that will feed people all over the Chicago area. Kraft collaborated with the Chicago Botanic Garden to create the garden, which is 8,000 square feet. It is staffed by members Windy City Harvest Program, a job-training program, and other volunteers. Watch the video to see more of the ceremony and learn about the garden.