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Archive: April 2021

Terracotta pots of all different shapes and sizes are perfect for a container garden.

It’s Spring: Start a Container Garden

April 1, 2021 | 1 Comment

by Kathy Austin

When I moved into my home 28 years ago, my backyard was a blank slate. I began digging up parts of the lawn to create flower beds, raised beds and a large vegetable plot. Over the years, some beds have gotten bigger and some have long since been turned back to lawn. I’ve watched the […] Read More »

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The Gardening Bug: Simple Ways to Enjoy Gardening

April 25, 2016 | 4 Comments

by Kathy Austin, CVA

  We’ve had an early spring here in Chicago. I’ve been out in the garden a lot cleaning up last year’s plant remains and broken tree branches, transplanting lilies and hostas, and planning what I’ll be purchasing to infuse my beds with flowers this summer. I love to garden — it is my respite, my […] Read More »

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LaTonya tries out a sewing machine

Everyone Should Know How to Sew!

June 9, 2015 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

I write the title somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but the point I wish to make is the importance of having a hobby that stimulates you beyond listening to the latest podcast or talking book.  Voltaire, the French writer and philosopher, once wrote “il faut cultiver son jardin,” which literally means “one must cultivate one’s own garden.”  As […] Read More »

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