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White Snakeroot

Autumn Savanna

Autumn Savanna  Many people tell me that they would love to have a prairie garden, but they have too much shade. My answer?  You can have a savanna or woodland garden with a diversity of forbs and grasses every bit as as ravishing as a prairie–just with different plants. Last week I described and showed […]

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Asters

Asters   Last Week in September   “Asters, like prophets, are without honor in their own country.” said Louise Wilder Beebe.  Known as “Michaelmas  Daisies” because they bloom around St. Michaelmas Day on September 29,  asters are held in high esteem by English and other European gardeners, while we in the United States distain them […]

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Prairie Alum Root

Mid-November

November always seemed to me the Norway of the year. Emily Dickenson We’re back to Standard Time and the sky begins to darken by 4:00 pm. The leaves are almost all down or else have turned crisp and brown. We were blessed ;ast week with a warm Indian Summer, but that has left us. But […]

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Gray Dogwood

Walk in the Woods

The Chicago area landscape was formed by ice.  As the Wisconsin glacier receded about 13,000 years ago, it deposited glacial till it had collected when it moved forward—boulders, stones, gravel, sand, and clay particles—and built overlapping moraines.  The material dropped out unevenly thereby creating rolling hills, ridges, and kames.  Where huge blocks of ice broke […]

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