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Winter Bird Feeder Watch

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Sun, 02/12/2017 - 10:00am

What birds are visiting the feeders this winter? We’ll help you identify our resident birds and winter migrants and share ways to attract them to your own yard.

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Winter Bird Feeder Watch

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Sat, 01/28/2017 - 10:00am

What birds are visiting the feeders this winter? We’ll help you identify our resident birds and winter migrants and share ways to attract them to your own yard.

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Headbangers World

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 1:00pm

Woodpeckers are vital to the health of woodland ecosystems. Learn basic species identification and anatomy.

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The complete writings of Kate Sessions in California garden, 1909-1939 / [Kate Sessions] ; edited by Barbara Schillreff Jones ; assisted by Marianne Truby [and others].

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 10:15am
The complete writings of Kate Sessions in California garden, 1909-1939 / [Kate Sessions] ; edited by Barbara Schillreff Jones ; assisted by Marianne Truby [and others].
Author: Sessions, Kate Olivia, 1857-1940.
Call Number: SB453.2.C3S47 1998

Love every leaf : the life of landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander / Kathy Stinson.

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 10:15am
Love every leaf : the life of landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander / Kathy Stinson.
Author: Stinson, Kathy, author.
Call Number: SB470.O23S75 2008

Kate Sessions : pioneer horticulturist / by Elizabeth C. MacPhail.

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 10:15am
Kate Sessions : pioneer horticulturist / by Elizabeth C. MacPhail.
Author: MacPhail, Elizabeth C.
Call Number: SB63.S47M33 1976

Half my world : the garden of Anne Spencer, a history and guide / Rebecca T. Frischkorn & Reuben M. Rainey [with the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum].

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 10:15am
Half my world : the garden of Anne Spencer, a history and guide / Rebecca T. Frischkorn & Reuben M. Rainey [with the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum].
Author: Frischkorn, Rebecca T.
Call Number: SB470.S63F75 2003

The nature fix : why nature makes us happier, healthier, and more creative / Florence Williams.

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 10:15am
The nature fix : why nature makes us happier, healthier, and more creative / Florence Williams.
Author: Williams, Florence, 1967- author.
Call Number: BF353.5.N37W55 2017

Winter Bird Feeder Watch

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 10:00am

What birds are visiting the feeders this winter? We’ll help you identify our resident birds and winter migrants and share ways to attract them to your own yard.

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Evening Owl Hikes

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 7:00pm

Join us for an informative talk about these nocturnal hunters. Afterwards we’ll hike our trails to look for these unique predators. Call to reserve your spot.

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Sharing the Cultural Legacy Held Within Each Seed

Garden Blog - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 2:20pm

There are heirloom seeds from corn grown by Native Americans in Pennsylvania, and seeds from a marigold grown in the Andes for the spice of its leaves, along with some 4,500 other varieties in the collection of William Woys Weaver, Ph.D.

Hear William Woys Weaver in person at 1:30 p.m. on January 22. Register for his free lecture here.

 William Woys Weaver

William Woys Weaver

Every heirloom plant seed grown for food has a story, according to Dr. Weaver. Where it came from, who it was grown by, and why it was grown all are pieces of that history. It has a past and a future. The food historian will share the story of these seeds, and of the collection his grandfather began in about 1932 that he now oversees, on Sunday, January 22, during Super Seed Weekend at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Weaver’s collection is housed in a seed room in a historic home in Pennsylvania. Built around 1805, the home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and sits on a two-acre kitchen garden that Weaver and his collaborators task with growing and testing seeds from the collection. They employ an artisanal process, doing everything by hand. If the seeds look successful, they are moved on to a university or qualified farm to expand the process.

“People are beginning to realize these heirlooms, organically raised, are much more nutritionally rich than seeds grown commercially,” Weaver said. “We are right at the cusp of a lot of ideas.”

The Roughwood Seed Collection is now home to the largest privately held collection of its kind in the state. The collection is part of the Roughwood Seed Archive, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with a working board. Weaver and his team are making big plans to grow and customize their endeavor to better serve the demand from local chefs and the growing list of those who are tuned in to the origins of their food. “A collection like this is very important because this is a source of food locally and farmers can get seed from us. It has a value far beyond its monetary cost,” Weaver said.

 Heirloom tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes—just one of the many heirlooms worth saving and sharing

Learn more with a class at our expanded Super Seed Weekend. Receive free parking with your paid class registration.

Start Your Own Kitchen Garden

Weaver encourages home kitchen gardeners to start small when growing heirloom seeds for food, and see where their talents are strongest. He suggests joining a seed exchange to gain access to a wide variety of options, but focusing on growing only what seems to do well and obtaining the rest of their produce from other growers.

Weaver hopes that people who participate in community gardens or seed exchanges enjoy the connectedness that comes with the process. “The seed exchanges and the seed networks help build a sense of community, so it’s very important from a social aspect, and also the heirlooms are good teaching tools for kids,” he said. It’s helpful to teach and learn about where our food comes from and what resources—including a grower’s time—go into each fruit or vegetable produced. When we understand those elements, Weaver said, we are more likely to appreciate each bite on our plate, and less likely to waste or toss edible food.

Weaver is eager to establish new systems and opportunities for the Roughwood Seed Collection in the very near future. The ambitious food advocate is also a professor and an author, with a new book on pickling that is due out in 2018, and a forthcoming update to his popular book, Heirloom Vegetable Gardening.

Don’t miss the exciting conclusion of Super Seed Weekend. The Seed Swap begins at 3 p.m., right after Weaver’s 1:30 p.m. lecture, “Our Kitchen Garden for Culinary and Cultural Research: The Roughwood Seed Collection,” on Sunday, January 22.

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Little house in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Helen Sewell.

New Book Arrivals - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:04am
Little house in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Helen Sewell.
Author: Wilder, Laura Ingalls, 1867-1957.
Call Number: PZ7.W6461 Li 1932

Little house on the prairie / by Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Helen Sewell.

New Book Arrivals - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:04am
Little house on the prairie / by Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Helen Sewell.
Author: Wilder, Laura Ingalls, 1867-1957.

Taxonomy of wild potatoes and their relatives in southern South America (Solanum sects. Petota and Etuberosum) / David M. Spooner, Natalia Alvarez, Iris E. Peralta, Andrea M. Clausen.

New Book Arrivals - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:04am
Taxonomy of wild potatoes and their relatives in southern South America (Solanum sects. Petota and Etuberosum) / David M. Spooner, Natalia Alvarez, Iris E. Peralta, Andrea M. Clausen.
Author: Spooner, David M., author.
Call Number: QK95.S973 v.100

Flora unveiled : the discovery and denial of sex in plants / Lincoln Taiz and Lee Taiz.

New Book Arrivals - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:04am
Flora unveiled : the discovery and denial of sex in plants / Lincoln Taiz and Lee Taiz.
Author: Taiz, Lincoln, author.
Call Number: QK827.T35 2017

100 plants to feed the bees : provide a healthy habitat to help pollinators thrive / the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Eric Lee-Mäder, Jarrod Fowler, Jillian Vento & Jennifer Hopwood.

New Book Arrivals - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:04am
100 plants to feed the bees : provide a healthy habitat to help pollinators thrive / the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Eric Lee-Mäder, Jarrod Fowler, Jillian Vento & Jennifer Hopwood.
Author: Xerces Society, author.
Call Number: QK926.A12 2016

Handbook of biophilic city planning and design / Timothy Beatley.

New Book Arrivals - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:04am
Handbook of biophilic city planning and design / Timothy Beatley.
Author: Beatley, Timothy, 1957- author.
Call Number: HT166.B43 2016

Gardenista : the definitive guide to stylish outdoor spaces / Michelle Slatalla, with the editors of Gardenista ; edited by Julie Carlson ; photographs by Matthew Williams.

New Book Arrivals - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:04am
Gardenista : the definitive guide to stylish outdoor spaces / Michelle Slatalla, with the editors of Gardenista ; edited by Julie Carlson ; photographs by Matthew Williams.
Author: Slatalla, Michelle, author.
Call Number: SB473.S538 2016

Der garten : wege zu seiner gestaltung.

New Book Arrivals - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:04am
Der garten : wege zu seiner gestaltung.
Author: Koch, Hugo K.
Call Number: SB472.K63 1927

Horticultural colour chart / Issued by the British Colour Council in collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society.

New Book Arrivals - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:04am
Horticultural colour chart / Issued by the British Colour Council in collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society.
Author: British Colour Council.
Call Number: QK669.B75

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