In the Garden: Your September Maintenance Checklist

  We’re sharing the monthly garden maintenance checklists we use to nurture nearly 100 gardens to help you keep on top of maintenance in your own garden.  You’ll feel the changes in the air soon enough. This month you can start planning for the holidays and ease up on intensive maintenance.   Critique and Plan Get inspired with décor ideas […]

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In the Garden: Your August Maintenance Checklist

We’re sharing the monthly garden maintenance checklists we use to nurture nearly 100 gardens to help you keep on top of maintenance in your own garden. This month, start planning for fall while you enjoy the fruits of summer labor. Critique and Plan Assess property for overwintering needs Order next year’s summer annuals Order this […]

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In the Garden: Your July Maintenance Checklist

We’re sharing the monthly garden maintenance checklists we use to nurture nearly 100 gardens to help you keep on top of maintenance in your own garden.  This month, it’s all about taming growth, letting in light, and shaping plant forms.   Critique and Plan Take pictures of the garden and all annual displays Make notes now about what you’d like […]

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Summer Letter from Craig

  Have you ever seen a more spectacular start to summer? A friend of mine said recently that with all the consistent moisture of this spring, we have entered into a phase of “Jurassic Gardens.” The luxuriant growth of deciduous woody and herbaceous plantings here in our garden amazes us. This week, we are eagerly […]

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Sharing History and Stewardship with Elawa Farm

  The connection between our property and Elawa Farm goes back 100 years, when they were both part of the same Armour family estate. The location of our studio and gardens were the coach and gate houses; Elawa was the estate farm. Though the property was divided long ago, we remain closely tethered by our […]

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The Orphaned Egg And The Bantam Hen: A Spring Rescue Story

Mary, our hawk-eyed controller, brought us a big surprise this spring. Here, she shares the story of her rescue that involved our very own bantam hen:   Meet Phoenix, a coy-looking baby Mallard who knows it’s no ugly duckling.                     Meet Salt, a silky bantam chicken who […]

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In the Garden: Your June Maintenance Checklist

We’re sharing the monthly garden maintenance checklists we use to nurture nearly 100 gardens to help you keep on top of maintenance in your own garden. With oh-so-many things to get done in your garden this month, don’t forget to do the MOST important thing: make time to enjoy it!  Critique and Plan Take pictures of summer annuals and overall […]

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In the Garden: Your May Maintenance Checklist

    We’re sharing the monthly garden maintenance checklists we use to nurture nearly 100 gardens to help you keep on top of maintenance in your own garden.  Photograph your work! You’ll want to take pictures of spring annuals and garden views to remind yourself of what is there when you’re planning for next year. Wile you’re at it, make […]

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A Mother’s Day Garden Story

Senior gardener Deanna Buvala shares a meaningful (and beautiful!)  Mother’s Day tradition along with tips on how to do it yourself. Many years ago when we moved into our new house, I felt compelled to purchase some spring bulbs. I wanted to try some Crocus with the little Tulipa tarda in my back yard. As it goes, […]

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Ancient Asian Art in a Midwestern Landscape

Sometimes the best way to blend two very different aesthetics – in this case ancient Asian sculpture and the native Midwestern landscape – is to let each remain distinct.  We’re telling the story of this landscape in celebration of its recent commendation by the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Illinois chapter. Enjoy these photos and see more on our website and […]

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