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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The Power of a Tree

As a landscape architect working in a community with such a strong legacy of traditional style, I so enjoy visiting the western US to visit and study great mid-century modernism at its best.  I recently visited Twin Palms, Frank Sinatra’s first get-away home in Palm Springs by California architect E. Stewart Williams. This house looked […]

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In the Garden: Your April 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.  Now that the spring snow (or as one friend calls it: ‘vanilla mulch’) has melted and temps are on the rise, get out your notebook, gloves and favorite tools. It’s time to get to […]

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Garden Blues

  Blue and white is the primary color combination for the décor and display gardens at this year’s CBG Antiques, Garden and Design Show  starting this week.  It felt both classic and trendy to us (think of the timelessness of gorgeous Chinese porcelain and the Grecian key motif that is springing up everywhere today.) The […]

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Spring Letter from Craig

Dear Friends, I write this letter to you shortly after the vernal equinox, a day when many in human history have looked to the power of the sun for guidance. Since the time change, it has been so nice to see the sun in the late afternoons instead of the gloom of long nights. I have always […]

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In the Garden: Your March 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.  Finally, March is here and we can start to get our hands dirty! It’s all about preparation. Finish dormant tree and vine pruning. Now it’s safe to prune your oak, maple, birch and […]

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3 Tips when Dividing Your Perennials in Early Spring

Early spring is when our gardeners look closely at gardens we care for to see what they need after a long winter. Three of my favorite early-spring gardening tips are related to dividing perennials: 1) Mimic nature The challenge of new gardens is that they can look too uniform or regimented if you purchased and planted a group […]

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A Good Book About Why We Garden

At the suggestion of the Lake Forest Garden Club, I am reading “Gardens: An Essay on the Human Condition,” by Robert Pogue Harrison. A stimulating read, but I have needed to read other books simultaneously to clear my head from the book’s intense thoughtfulness. From our current era back to ancient times, Harrison dives into […]

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