Spring weather is very nearly here, and gardeners eager to turn soil will have an opportunity to learn about growing succulents at the first Green Thumb Saturday session of the season on Saturday, March 14. The annual series will be in its ninth year in 2020. It is sponsored by[Read More…]
Four members of the Homewood Science Center’s Conservation Ecology Internship Program were proud of their handiwork on June 8. When they were told the tree they planted was an ironwood, they quickly named it “Tony” in reference to Tony Stark, the alter ego of Avengers superhero Ironman.
Just one look and you can see the planning that went into the garden areas around Chris Steiner’s Flossmoor home. Ornamental trees and leafy hostas line the walkway. Rows of perennial plants are abundant but well maintained.
Heather Poppe’s native garden has grown over her 17 years of living in Homewood. Poppe, who works as a caregiver, said she loves growing her favorites — echinacea, milkweed, asters, goldenrod, liatris and Joe pye weed — from seed.
Keeping lawns and gardens green and growing is full of challenges, from how to keep the soil healthy to how to effectively combat pests in an environmentally responsible way. The village of Homewood provides help. Green Thumb Saturday is a monthly series of presentations on practical topics for developing and[Read More…]
With hanging plants and climbing vines, Steve Pesick’s yard is a magnet for visitors buzzing through. The upward natural spaces around the Homewood home draw in hummingbirds, butterflies and more happy insects. The Pesicks’ plantings follow the paths of the creatures that visit their yard.
It doesn’t matter how pretty the plant is, if Mary Buschmann can’t eat it, she’s not going to bother with it. The Flossmoor resident plants a produce garden every year, drawing ingredients for summer cooking and freezing vegetables to use all year long. In early March, Buschmann was still using up[Read More…]