Garden scientist Nyree Zerega shows us the breadfruit tree we have planted in the Tropical Greenhouse at the Chicago Botanic Garden and talks about her research to find the relatives of this under-utilized plant. Then Mary McLaughlin from Trees That Feed tells us about her work to feed hungry people by planting these trees in tropical regions. For more information on Dr. Zerega’s research, click here. For more information on the Trees That Feed Foundation, visit www.treesthatfeed.org.
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.
Jill Selinger give us tips for shopping at A Bloomin’ Festival coming to the Chicago Botanic Garden May 14-16, 2010. This year, you can shop not only for a wide variety of the best plants to grow in the Chicago area, but also fresh food, baked goods, and garden tools, all while listening to live music!
The annual Three Friends of Winter exhibition highlights the bonsai in winter, when its structure is at its most elegant. This Bonsai exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. January 29-31, 2010. Want to try your own hand at learning the art of Bonsai? The Joseph Regenstein Jr. School holds classes throughout the year. Register online at chicagobotanic.org/school. For more information on the Three Friends of Winter event, visit chicagobotanic.org/plantshows/three_friends.