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Bird Walks

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Tue, 10/04/2016 - 8:00am

Join the Natural History Society of Barrington to observe resident and migrating birds. Meet in parking lot.

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Brookfield Zoo Big Year Birding Field Trip

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Mon, 10/03/2016 - 7:00am

Bird the grounds at Brookfield Zoo and search for migrants along the Forest Preserve Nature Trail at Swan Lake. Contact team leader James: james.mckinney@czs.org or 708.688.8475. Trips last 2 hours.

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Birding with the Field Museum at Eggers Grove

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Sun, 10/02/2016 - 8:00am

Warblers, sparrows, and other songbirds in the woods, recently arrived ducks on the wetland. Walk leader: Walter Marcisz More information: http://fieldmuseum.org/at-the-field/programs/birding-field.

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Miller Meadow Big Year Birding Field Trip

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Sun, 10/02/2016 - 8:00am

Sparrow walk. Register in advance with Henry Griffin: trumpetswan@comcast.net.

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Bird Walks

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Sat, 10/01/2016 - 9:00am

Join us for a morning stroll to look for resident and migrating birds. Beginners welcome! Limited binoculars available. Registration required at least two days prior.

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Culture of the grape / by W.C. Strong.

New Book Arrivals - 11 hours 3 min ago
Culture of the grape / by W.C. Strong.
Author: Strong, W. C. (William Chamberlain), 1823-1913.
Call Number: SB389.S77 1867

Woodward's architecture and rural art. No. I.--1867 / by Geo. E. Woodward.

New Book Arrivals - 11 hours 3 min ago
Woodward's architecture and rural art. No. I.--1867 / by Geo. E. Woodward.
Author: Woodward, George E. (George Evertson), 1829-1905.
Call Number: NA7561.W66 1868

Prince's manual of roses : comprising the most complete history of the rose, including every class, and all the most admirable varieties that have appeared in Europe and America ; together with ample information on their culture and propagation / by...

New Book Arrivals - 11 hours 3 min ago
Prince's manual of roses : comprising the most complete history of the rose, including every class, and all the most admirable varieties that have appeared in Europe and America ; together with ample information on their culture and propagation / by William Robert Prince.
Author: Prince, William Robert, 1795-1869.
Call Number: SB411.P75 1846

The new American gardener, containing practical directions on the culture of fruits and vegetables; including landscape and ornamental gardening, grape-vines, silk, strawberries, &c. &c. / By Thomas G. Fessenden, editor of the New England Farmer.

New Book Arrivals - 11 hours 3 min ago
The new American gardener, containing practical directions on the culture of fruits and vegetables; including landscape and ornamental gardening, grape-vines, silk, strawberries, &c. &c. / By Thomas G. Fessenden, editor of the New England Farmer.
Author: Fessenden, Thomas Green, 1771-1837.
Call Number: SB45.F47 1847

Flowers : their origin, shapes, perfumes, and colours / by J.E. Taylor ; illustrated with 32 coloured figures by Sowerby, and 161 woodcuts.

New Book Arrivals - 11 hours 3 min ago
Flowers : their origin, shapes, perfumes, and colours / by J.E. Taylor ; illustrated with 32 coloured figures by Sowerby, and 161 woodcuts.
Author: Taylor, J. E. (John Ellor), 1837-1895.
Call Number: QK81.T23 1878

The book of roses / by Francis Parkman.

New Book Arrivals - 11 hours 3 min ago
The book of roses / by Francis Parkman.
Author: Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893.
Call Number: SB411.P37 1871

L'art des jardins / par Georges Riat.

New Book Arrivals - 11 hours 3 min ago
L'art des jardins / par Georges Riat.
Author: Riat, Georges, 1870 or 1871-1905.
Call Number: SB451.R53 1900

Titan Arum Seedlings Shared Throughout the U.S.

Garden Blog - 11 hours 46 min ago

In the past year, more than 181 million people learned about Spike, Alice the Amorphophallus, and Sprout—the Chicago Botanic Garden’s titan arums (Amorphophallus titanum) that entered a bloom cycle—through various media sources.

Now even more people may have the chance to learn about the unique corpse flower from seedlings sowed at the Garden that have been shared throughout the United States.

It all began about 12 years ago when the Garden procured titan arum bulbs and seeds, which we carefully cultivated until they were ready to flower. With the bloom cycles of Alice and Sprout, we wanted to try to pollinate our plants. In nature, titan arums are pollinated by carrion beetles. Since such insects don’t exist at the Garden, we needed to do the work ourselves. As Spike, Alice, and Sprout are thought to be very closely related (with very similar genetic makeup), we speculated that fertilization with pollen from our first titan—Spike—to Alice would not occur: they were “self incompatible”—a term that often describes a plant species that is unable to be fertilized by its own pollen. So in addition to Spike’s pollen, we looked for genetically different pollen. Fortunately, the Denver Botanic Gardens also had a titan arum (“Stinky”) in bloom last year, and they sent us some of Stinky’s pollen, which we used to pollinate Alice.

After the pollination, Alice developed large, plump red fruits. These fruits were harvested and cleaned, and Deb Moore, part of the Garden’s plant production team, sowed the seeds. The result: about 40 quick-growing seedlings—each a single titan arum leaf

We decided to keep a few seedlings for our own uses, but we really wanted to share these young plants with the broader botanical community. We contacted institutions in the American Public Gardens Association to see if any would be interested in acquiring an Amorphophallus titanum.

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We had great response. Seedlings were sent to 27 institutions (see Google map above), including the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden; the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University; the Botanic Garden of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts; Ganna Walska Lotusland in Santa Barbara, California; the University of Idaho Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Moscow, Idaho; Smithsonian Gardens in Washington, D.C.; University of California-Davis Department of Plant Biology; and of course, three seedlings went to the Denver Botanic Gardens to grow alongside Stinky. 

©2016 Chicago Botanic Garden and my.chicagobotanic.org

Planting Bulbs in Containers for Winter Blooms

Garden Blog - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 9:20am

Why wait until spring? Plant a bulb container for a preview of blooms to come.

In this video, the Chicago Botanic Garden shows how to create a bulb garden in a pot for winter forcing so you can enjoy a preview of spring in the midst of winter’s chill. Forcing is the act of putting plants through a cold period in order to stimulate blooming during an atypical time of the year. By potting up your bulbs now, you’ll be able to enjoy a spring garden in your living room in ten weeks.

Shop 200+ bulbs at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Fall Bulb Festival, October 8–9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Members hours: Friday, October 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

What you need:

  • A shallow container with drainage holes
  • Enough spring bulbs to fill the container (plan on planting them close together, with an inch of space between bulbs)
  • Slightly moist potting soil

Assemble your container:

  1. Cover the bottom of the pot in one inch of soil.
  2. Add your largest bulbs in a layer, leaving approximately one inch between plants.
  3. Cover these bulbs. If adding another layer of smaller bulbs, leave 1½ inches of space from the top of the pot. Add the small bulbs in this layer, leaving one-half inch of space between plants. Fill with soil to within one-fourth inch of the rim.
  4. Lightly water the container.
  5. Place your container in a cool, dark location. The container must never get above 50 degrees or below freezing. Ideal spots are an unheated garage or, if you do a small pot, the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.
  6. In ten weeks your plants can be moved to a warm, sunny location. You should start to see growth within a week. (If you don’t want to bring your plants out at this time, they can hold  for several months in a cool location.)
  7. Once the plants begin to show flower buds, move to a less sunny location to prolong the blooming period.
  8. After blooming, plants should be discarded. Forced bulbs rarely transplant well into the garden.

The best plants for forcing tend to be on the smaller side. Tulips and narcissus work very well, especially the smaller cultivars. Larger blooms will require staking, especially if they don’t receive enough sunlight. Iris reticulata, Scilla siberica, Crocus, and Muscari are all wonderful bulbs for forcing: they stay small, and come in beautiful jewel tones that will brighten up any winter windowsill.  

 Muscari 'Pink Sunrise'.

Muscari ‘Pink Sunrise’

Our Fall Bulb Presale ends Friday, September 30. Choose your specialty bulbs now and pick them up at the Fall Bulb Festival.

©2016 Chicago Botanic Garden and my.chicagobotanic.org

Busse Big Year Birding Field Trip

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 7:30am

Join the Chicago Audubon Society to see landbird migrants and early waterfowl. Wear hiking boots. Walk leader: Alan Anderson. Reservation required with casresearch@comcast.net. Limit 15.

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A guide to hoyas of Borneo / Anthony Lamb and Michele Rodda with contributions by Linus Gokusing, Steven Bosuang and Sri Rahayu.

New Book Arrivals - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 9:45am
A guide to hoyas of Borneo / Anthony Lamb and Michele Rodda with contributions by Linus Gokusing, Steven Bosuang and Sri Rahayu.
Author: Lamb, Anthony (Botanist), author.
Call Number: QK495.A815L36 2016

Baobabs of the world / Andry Petignat & Louise Jasper ; illustrated by Louise Jasper.

New Book Arrivals - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 9:45am
Baobabs of the world / Andry Petignat & Louise Jasper ; illustrated by Louise Jasper.
Author: Petignat, Andry, author.
Call Number: QK495.B7P48 2015

House plants : how to look after your indoor plants : with helpful advice, step-by-step projects, and inventive planting ideas / Isabelle Palmer.

New Book Arrivals - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 9:45am
House plants : how to look after your indoor plants : with helpful advice, step-by-step projects, and inventive planting ideas / Isabelle Palmer.
Author: Palmer, Isabelle, author.
Call Number: SB419.P35 2016

Citizen scientist : searching for heroes and hope in an age of extinction / Mary Ellen Hannibal.

New Book Arrivals - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 9:45am
Citizen scientist : searching for heroes and hope in an age of extinction / Mary Ellen Hannibal.
Author: Hannibal, Mary Ellen, author.
Call Number: QK86.A1H366 2016

Spare the birds! : George Bird Grinnell and the first Audubon Society / Carolyn Merchant.

New Book Arrivals - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 9:45am
Spare the birds! : George Bird Grinnell and the first Audubon Society / Carolyn Merchant.
Author: Merchant, Carolyn, author.
Call Number: QL676.55.M47 2016

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