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Wonderland Express Activities and Scavenger Hunt

Roz Varon highlights our additional holiday activities, and demonstrates the Wonderland Express SCVNGR hunt for your smartphone.

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Holiday Centerpieces from Winter Greens

Horticulturist Benjamin Carroll demonstrates easy holiday centerpieces made from natural materials you can find in your yard.

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Keeping it Green: Getting Your Garden Ready For Winter

Heather Sherwood shows us which plants to let overwinter, and which plants to cut back to prevent rot and critters from taking over your garden.

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Fall Gardening Tips with Eliza Fournier

Planting, leaf mulch, leftover pumpkins: Eliza demonstrates what to do with your fall plants and gourds for a beautiful garden now, and next spring.

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Botanic Backyard: Beautiful and Useful Flax

Benjamin Carroll shows of the beauty of the flax plant, and the variety of uses for flax in commercial products.

 

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Keeping it Green: Planting BUlbs with Special Guests

Heather Sherwood demonstrates bulb planting; Mike Caplan gives brings pets in costume for a preview of our favorite Halloween parade: the Spooky Pooch parade! Come see the spectacle Saturday, October 29, 1 to 3 p.m.

 

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Botanic Backyard: Keep Pets from Digging in your Garden

Cindy Baker's tips on keeping dogs out of the garden beds, and what to watch out for when applying fertilizer.

 

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Botanic Backyard: Decorating (and Decorating with) Mini Pumpkins!

Nancy Clifton visits Botanic Backyard with some young friends to talk about decorating with pumpkins, and decorating the pumpkins themselves.

Halloween & HallowFest are here!

 

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Heading into Winter, we are Planning for Spring!

A brief look past with HGTV's Vern Yip (creating the Urban Oasis 2011) is motivating us as we plan the Spring 2012 Antiques and Garden Fair.

 

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Botanic Backyard: Bringing Plants in for the Winter

Cindy Baker demonstrates debugging your half-hardy perennials and tropical plants before bringing them in for the winter.

 

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Keeping it Green: Spectacular Mums

Mike Caplan visits with Heather Sherwood and discusses the signature flower of fall: mums.

 

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Botanic Backyard: Burning Weeds; Harvesting Fall Vegetables

Nancy Clifton demonstrates the big guns in weed removal and talks about harvesting your fall veggies.

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Gardening Hope

A visit with Cook County Sheriff's Boot Camp program, which is providing more than job training for inmates; it's providing hope.

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Botanic Backyard: Fall Annuals for containers

Cindy Baker of the Chicago Botanic Garden visits in-studio to talk about planting fall containers with plants that will overwinter.

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Autumn Gardening

As the days get shorter and the weather begins to change, you may also notice a change in what is available at the garden center.

Benjamin Carroll gives tips on annual and perennial plants that bloom until frost, or after.

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Keeping it Green: Fall Potting

Jessica Goehler and Mike Caplan give tips on potting fall plants and show off a few good plant picks for your pots.

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Deadheading to keep your Garden Healthy

Can You Dig It? Tom Soulsby encourages deadheading your blooms on a regular basis. Check out these tips.

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Making Tea from Rose Hips

Benjamin Carroll visits Botanic Backyard with directions on using rose hips for tea and dealing with black spot on your roses.

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Blanching and Canning Your Tomatoes

Nancy Clifton visits Botanic Backyard answering questions on preparing your tomatoes for canning and storage.

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Mosses and Bamboo in your Japanese Garden

Benjamin Carroll visits Botanic Backyard answering questions on moss and bamboo and low-maintenance alternatives to use in your Japanese garden.

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The World of Watering

Can You Dig It? Don't assume your plants' watering needs are taken care of! Horticulturist Rick Belding improves your watering technique.

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Keeping it Green: Critter CONTROL

Jessica Goehler shows Mike Caplan how to kick Japanese beetles off your plants, and keep bunnies and other critters from eating your harvest before you do.

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Safe and Tree-Healthy Tree Limb Removal

Cindy Baker visits Botanic Backyard and demonstrates how to properly remove broken limbs from trees damaged during recent storms.

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Chicago Public Schools Students Learn Ecology in science First and College First programs

Hosea Sanders of ABC-7 Chicago shows off our Science First and College First programs! Students in these programs work side by side with our staff and get the experience they need to become the next generation of plant scientists.

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Weeding and Watering in Late SUmmer

Benjamin Carroll visits Botanic Backyard answering questions on late summer garden watering and weeding.

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Annuals and Perennials for Your Garden

Can You Dig It? Tim Pollack gives the lowdown on some great plants for your yard, both annuals and perennials.

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PRESERVING THE HARVEST WITH NANCY CLIFTON

Nancy visits Botanic Backyard to talk about how to canning pickles and tomatoes, and making jams and jellies.

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Tame Your Tomatoes; Garden Vegetable Smoothies

Eliza Fournier of the Chicago Botanic Garden joins us with advice about taming your tomatoes and tips on how to manage your garden in the heat. Plus — make a garden smoothie with all your fresh produce!

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Summer Rose Care Questions Answered

Cindy Baker visits Botanic Backyard answering questions on caring for your roses in summer and dealing with common rose pest issues.

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Keeping it Green with Summer Pruning Tips

Jessica Goehler demonstrates how to keep newly planted trees watered, and how to prune summer shrubs and perennials for maximum health and beauty.

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Managing Summer Tomatoes and Plant Issues

Nancy Clifton visits Botanic Backyard with tips on tomatoes and managing plants and pests in summer.

 

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Creating Your Own Herb Garden

Fresh herbs are a great way to add flavor to your cooking and are easy to grow with these tips from Benjamin Carroll.

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Tips on Summer maintenance and edging

Cindy Baker joins Botanic Backyard to tackle viewer questions on summer maintenance and edging your gardens.

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Inmates Learn How to Grow Food, Garden

Cook County Jail inmates are learning life lessons through gardening, kitchen duty, and composting.

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Windy City Live!

This World Environment Day, make your garden even more "green" than it already is with tips from Eliza Fournier.

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Botanic Backyard: Picks for Shade Trees & Shrubs

Tune in for shade trees and shrubs that look spectacular in all seasons, and do well in the Chicago growing region.

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Keeping it Green: How to Keep your Lawn Green!

Mike and Heather show us how to fix some problem spots on lawns, and give tips for general lawn care to keep your yard green and beautiful.

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Plan your Plantings for Beauty Throughout the Year

Eliza Fournier visits Chicago Tonight from the Chicago Botanic Garden with tips on how to spice up your garden beds and keep the beauty blooming throughout the year.

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Keeping it Green Tips Keep Forsythia Yellow

Mike and Heather show us how to prune forsythia, and spotlight some of spring's blooming tree and bulb highlights.

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Keeping it Green with
Spring Hanging Baskets

Mike and Heather show us how to build bright and elegant hanging baskets for your home.

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Weekend ORchid Show Presents Spectacular Specimens

Beautiful samples on display and for sale; plus professional advice for growing your own orchids at home.

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Well Wishes for Japan at Botanic Garden

Send thoughts and prayers to the citizens of Japan through a traditional "wish tree" at the Garden.

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Keeping it Green on WLS with Heather Sherwood

Acknowledging Japan's hardship with a "wish tree", gardening tips, and seeing what's coming out in the yard right now.

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Nancy Clifton Shares tips for African Violets

Take care of your African violets and other sharp blooming gifts. Visit the Japanese Garden Spring Festival March 19-20.

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Urban Students Learn to Farm at School

The Chicago area has yet to thaw out from the blizzard, but some students are gardening outdoors.

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Winter Pruning Tips

Cindy Baker gives quick tips on winter pruning to rejuvenate your woody plants.

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Quick Kid Projects; Feeding the Birds on WGN

Nancy Clifton highlights quick winter planting projects for kids and winter birdfeeder maintenance.

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Preparing Tools for a new Year of Gardening

Benjamin Carroll gives Botanic Backyard some ideas on preparing for a new year of gardening.