Archives For May 2010

Tell us what you do at home to save energy, reduce waste and chemicals and save the natural resources we need for our survival. We’ll post your comments here to give others ideas for what they can do at home for the environment. Then celebrate World Environment Day with us on June 5 for free demonstrations on a variety of topics as well as plant giveaways and plant pot recycling.

Joan O’Shaughnessy, ecologist at the Chicago Botanic Garden, shows us how to identify garlic mustard and explains the importance of removing it and other invasive plants to protect our native habitats. You can learn about this and so much more at World Environment Day at the Chicago Botanic Garden on June 5, 2010. Visit chicagobotanic.org/wed for more information.

Each spring visitors look forward to hundreds of crabapples blooming in the Gardens of the Great Basin and throughout many other display gardens. Don’t miss this magical time of year and the chance to be surrounded in so many beautiful blossoms. Visit chicagobotanic.org/walk/crabapple for more information on the crabapples at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Cindy Baker, manager of horticultural services at the Chicago Botanic Garden, shows you how to properly plant a tree. Cindy will join other horticulture staff on Saturday, June 5th, for World Environment Day at the Garden. Staff will do demonstrations about eco-friendly lawn care, “green” rose garden care, proper planting and mulching and successful composting for fruit and vegetable gardens. Go to chicagobotanic.org/wed for more information about World Environment Day.