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  • Time to show evergreens a little lovin'

    Time to show evergreens a little lovin'
    Indoors, up go boughs of holly. A green garland twines the banister. Candles are scented with pine. And soon, at the heart of many homes, cloaked in regalia that sparkles with memories, an evergreen tree likely will be at the center of celebration, hugs...
  • Planting a small scale paradise

    Planting a small scale paradise
    The tiny dooryard of a townhouse. The back porch of a six-flat. A balcony on the 12th floor. Or the 20-foot space between deck and garage behind a 19th Century cottage. No question, small gardens have different challenges than a sunny half-acre. "There's...
  • Winter wonderlands have a lesson to teach about garden structure

    Winter wonderlands have a lesson to teach about garden structure
    Snow covers everything, and yet it makes so many things clear. In the city and the garden, it pops out edges and shapes that a day before blended into winter's gray monotony. "Snow gives you that change, which is so refreshing in a garden," says Galen...
  • A little patience goes a long way in the garden

    A little patience goes a long way in the garden
    The world whizzes by these days. We rush to get work done, to run errands, to jump to conclusions. Some of us can't even take time to write an e-mail; we Tweet. And when we set out to master our outdoor space, we want it done -- all done and absolutely...
  • Glory Be! Best Overall Garden 2008

    When Mark Milkint and Ray Saleh bought their Evanston home three years ago, it was vacant and covered with ivy. "There were squirrels living in the house, and they weren't paying rent," Milkint says. They evicted the squirrels and trimmed the ivy...
  • The Most Glorious Garden of 2007

    It's taken them 10 years of planning, learning, building, digging, traveling, travails and experimentation, but Gerry and Jim Bellanca of Glencoe have a winner.The Bellancas' New Zealand-influenced, rose-laden cottage-style garden, wrapping around a...
  • The Most Glorious Garden of 2006

    Walking through Joan and Gene Lemme's 14-acre garden in Dixon, Ill., is like walking with tour guides through a small arboretum. Stroll the wood-chip path through rolling oak and hickory woodland, past great drifts of more than 200 varieties of hosta --...
  • How to select a perfect tomato

    How to select a perfect tomato
    Choosing the right variety of tomato is crucial for success, but there are at least 7,000 known varieties. Many mail-order catalogs offer 100 or more kinds of seed; there are catalogs entirely devoted to tomatoes. How to pick just the right one? Here...
  • Glorious in its sophistication: Inspired by Jens Jensen, Bruce Hochstadter's 12-year-old garden captures contest's top honor

    Glorious in its sophistication: Inspired by Jens Jensen, Bruce Hochstadter's 12-year-old garden captures contest's top honor
    "A native crabapple, a group of violets, a bird bath with a cardinal flower, a virgin's bower clinging to the crabapple, and perhaps a dash of iris or phlox, or lilies if you please, make a garden full of song and poetry." --"Siftings" by landscape...
  • John Moore's garden has it all: great design and plant choices, seating, a pond--and edibles too.

    The object of landscape gardening is to make a picture. The greensward is the canvas, the house or some other prominent point is the central figure, the planting completes the composition and adds the color." -- Liberty Hyde Bailey The renowned...
  • Glory on high: Framing the city skyline with flowers, ornamental grasses and vines, a rooftop gardener wins the top prize in Glorious Gardens '99

    Mayor Daley, there's somebody we'd like you to meet. She's Mary Ellen Rosemeyer, a River North resident who shares your passion for greening up the city. But she's way ahead of you on the rooftop-gardening thing. Mr. Mayor, you're reported to have gotten...
  • Victorious garden: With a great command of plants and space, Claudia Skylar Mastro fills a small urban lot with charm and grace

    You win some, you lose some. Chicago architect Claudia Skylar Mastro won the grand prize in the Glorious Gardens '98 contest with an extraordinary, fanciful landscape in a small urban lot just a few weeks before she was to lose the garden itself. In back...