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Bird Feeder Watch

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Sat, 03/11/2017 - 10:00am

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

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LaBagh Woods Birding Trip

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Sat, 03/04/2017 - 7:30am

Beginners welcome, binoculars available. Might be muddy. Updates: Chicago Ornithological Society, chicagobirder.org.

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Winter Bird Feeder Watch

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 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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This Old Birdhouse

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 1:00pm

Prepare for the upcoming nesting season by constructing a birdhouse. Plans and placement suggestions will be included. One birdhouse per family. Ages 10 & up. Registration required and limited / $5 donation per birdhouse.

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The Birds Think it is Spring

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 8:00am

Our calendars say it is still winter, but our resident birds have been courting and establishing territories for weeks. Join Chicago Audubon Society representative John Elliott on a walk to see what resident birds are up to. For adults and older children.

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The well-tended perennial garden : the essential guide to planting and pruning techniques / Tracy DiSabato-Aust.

New Book Arrivals - 12 hours 56 min ago
The well-tended perennial garden : the essential guide to planting and pruning techniques / Tracy DiSabato-Aust.
Author: DiSabato-Aust, Tracy, author.
Call Number: SB434.D37 2017

Compact farms : 15 proven plans for market farms on 5 acres or less : / Josh Volk ; foreward by Michael Ableman.

New Book Arrivals - 12 hours 56 min ago
Compact farms : 15 proven plans for market farms on 5 acres or less : / Josh Volk ; foreward by Michael Ableman.
Author: Volk, Josh, author.
Call Number: HD1476.A3V65 2017

Gardening with foliage first : 127 dazzling combinations that pair the beauty of leaves with flowers, bark, berries, and more / Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz.

New Book Arrivals - 12 hours 56 min ago
Gardening with foliage first : 127 dazzling combinations that pair the beauty of leaves with flowers, bark, berries, and more / Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz.
Author: Chapman, Karen (Landscape designer), author.
Call Number: SB431.C43 2017

Delphinium : the yearbook of the American Delphinium Society.

New Book Arrivals - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 10:55am
Delphinium : the yearbook of the American Delphinium Society.
Call Number: SB413.D4D45 1944

Arboretum news.

New Book Arrivals - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 10:55am
Arboretum news.

Orchidpalooza: Rare orchids in print in the Lenhardt Library

Lenhardt Library Blog Posts - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 9:15am

Each year’s Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden features something new and dynamic—and each year, the Lenhardt Library’s Orchid Show exhibition showcases something rare and dynamic.

Free Talk on Sunday, February 26, at 2 p.m.

This year’s exhibition, Orchidpalooza: Illustrated Orchid Varieties, features five unsigned, untitled, and unnumbered artist proofs that are attributed to English landscape artist Henry Moon (1857-1905). The proofs were most likely intended for a third series of a collection called Reichenbachia: Orchids Illustrated and Described, commissioned by Frederick Sander (1847-1920).  Moon was Sander’s son-in-law and was responsible for the 192 chromolithographs published in the monumental two-volume work. This work is considered Sander’s homage to Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach (1824-90), the “Orchid King” who succeeded John Lindley (1799-1865), the “Father of Orchidology,” as the leading orchid authority of the late 1800s.

 Cattleya Skinneri var. alba Rchb. f. and Cattleya Skinneri Batem

Cattleya skinneri var. alba Rchb. f. and Cattleya skinneri Batem

 Cattleya mossiae and Cattleya mossiae var. Wagnerii

Cattleya mossiae (white) and Cattleya mossiae var. Wagnerii (purple)

 Angraecum eburneum var. superbum

Angraecum eburneum var. superbum

 Habenaria carnea N.E. Br.

Habenaria carnea N.E. Br.

See Orchidpalooza: Illustrated Orchid Varieties through March 26, 2017

Never before exhibited in the Lenhardt Library, the five botanically accurate orchid chromolithographs include color bars from eight to twelve colors, registration marks, and scientific names penciled in the margins or on the verso.

Want to see more? With grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, these prints have been conserved and digitized and are freely accessible at the Biodiversity Heritage Library: www.biodiversitylibrary.org/bibliography/123710#/summary

See the Orchid Show through March 26. Buy tickets here.

©2017 Chicago Botanic Garden and my.chicagobotanic.org

Orchidpalooza: Rare orchids in print in the Lenhardt Library

Garden Blog - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 9:15am

Each year’s Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden features something new and dynamic—and each year, the Lenhardt Library’s Orchid Show exhibition showcases something rare and dynamic.

Free Talk on Sunday, February 26, at 2 p.m.

This year’s exhibition, Orchidpalooza: Illustrated Orchid Varieties, features five unsigned, untitled, and unnumbered artist proofs that are attributed to English landscape artist Henry Moon (1857-1905). The proofs were most likely intended for a third series of a collection called Reichenbachia: Orchids Illustrated and Described, commissioned by Frederick Sander (1847-1920).  Moon was Sander’s son-in-law and was responsible for the 192 chromolithographs published in the monumental two-volume work. This work is considered Sander’s homage to Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach (1824-90), the “Orchid King” who succeeded John Lindley (1799-1865), the “Father of Orchidology,” as the leading orchid authority of the late 1800s.

 Cattleya Skinneri var. alba Rchb. f. and Cattleya Skinneri Batem

Cattleya skinneri var. alba Rchb. f. and Cattleya skinneri Batem

 Cattleya mossiae and Cattleya mossiae var. Wagnerii

Cattleya mossiae (white) and Cattleya mossiae var. Wagnerii (purple)

 Angraecum eburneum var. superbum

Angraecum eburneum var. superbum

 Habenaria carnea N.E. Br.

Habenaria carnea N.E. Br.

See Orchidpalooza: Illustrated Orchid Varieties through March 26, 2017

Never before exhibited in the Lenhardt Library, the five botanically accurate orchid chromolithographs include color bars from eight to twelve colors, registration marks, and scientific names penciled in the margins or on the verso.

Want to see more? With grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, these prints have been conserved and digitized and are freely accessible at the Biodiversity Heritage Library: http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/bibliography/123710#/summary

See the Orchid Show through March 26. Buy tickets here.

©2017 Chicago Botanic Garden and my.chicagobotanic.org

The Warm Weather and Your Garden

Garden Blog - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 1:17pm

The late February weather in Chicago has been a glorious time to be outside and work in the garden. But the unseasonably warm weather has also raised questions about the long-term effect on plants and what garden tasks are appropriate.

It is best to hold off on doing any detailed clean up of garden beds as the mulch and leaves in the beds will provide some protection to any early growing perennials when the weather eventually turns cold again. Raking leaves off the lawn and cutting back perennials are all fine to do now providing your garden soil is not too wet.

Snowdrops are blooming at the Garden.

Early flowering bulbs like snowdrops that are in flower here at the Chicago Botanic Garden are very tolerant of the cold. Daffodil and tulip foliage is coming up; these might end up being damaged by a spell of cold weather, but this should not affect the spring flowers. You do not need to take any special maintenance steps to protect these plants.

If you have some perennials that are growing in a warm area of the garden with more pronounced growth, they might benefit from a light layer of mulch. For the most part, though, there is nothing special for most gardeners to do in their perennial beds.

This is great weather to prune but proceed with care. Spring flowering shrubs like viburnums, lilacs, and forsythia set their flower buds last year so pruning done at this time of year will remove flower buds and reduce the number of spring flowers. You can still prune—just be aware of the flower buds as you are pruning. Forsythia flowers along the stems while viburnums will have a flower bed at the ends of the stem.

The dormant season, and in particular late winter, is the best time of year to complete rejuvenation pruning, which is the aggressive pruning of overgrown shrubs to bring them back into scale with the garden. Shrubs like hydrangea (except oak leaf hydrangea), potentilla, and spirea that flower on new wood respond well to pruning now too. For instance, I cut my Annabelle hydrangea back to the ground each spring.

Any plants installed last summer or fall should have been mulched when they were planted. If they were not, then mulch them now to help mitigate the temperature swings in the soil and prevent frost heaving of any plants in spring. The freezing and thawing of the soil can push recently installed small plants such as 1-gallon perennials or ground covers that were grown in containers out of the soil as the weather transitions to spring.

If we receive a good covering of snow, the snow itself will not harm plants unless it builds up on them and breaks branches. It is a good idea to brush plants off during a storm if you observe them getting weighted down. Later snowstorms are more likely to come in wet and heavy. Leave the plants alone if the snow has frozen on them to avoid breaking branches during the removal process.

Enjoy the warm weather and the early blooms, both at the Chicago Botanic Garden and in your own backyard.

Brazilian Amazon : politics, science and international relations in the history of the forest / Joana Bezerra.

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 10:55am
Brazilian Amazon : politics, science and international relations in the history of the forest / Joana Bezerra.
Author: Bezerra, Joana C., author.
Call Number: HC188.A43B49 2015

Science, conservation, and national parks / edited by Steven R. Beissinger, David D. Ackerly, Holly Doremus, and Gary E. Machlis.

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 10:55am
Science, conservation, and national parks / edited by Steven R. Beissinger, David D. Ackerly, Holly Doremus, and Gary E. Machlis.
Call Number: SB482.A4S35 2017

Flora Japonica.

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 10:55am
Flora Japonica.
Call Number: QK369.F567 2016

Bizarre botany : an A-Z adventure through the plant kingdom / Christina Harrison, Lauren Gardiner.

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 10:55am
Bizarre botany : an A-Z adventure through the plant kingdom / Christina Harrison, Lauren Gardiner.
Author: Harrison, Christina (Horticulturist), author.
Call Number: QK50.H37 2016

Daffodil : biography of a flower / Helen O'Neill.

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 10:55am
Daffodil : biography of a flower / Helen O'Neill.
Author: O'Neill, Helen, author.
Call Number: SB413.D12O54 2016

The Chinese kitchen garden : growing techniques and family recipes from a classic cuisine / Wendy Kiang-Spray ; with photography by Sarah Culver.

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 10:55am
The Chinese kitchen garden : growing techniques and family recipes from a classic cuisine / Wendy Kiang-Spray ; with photography by Sarah Culver.
Author: Kiang-Spray, Wendy, author.
Call Number: SB351.C54K53 2017

The beginner's guide to starting a garden : 326 fast, easy, affordable ways to transform your yard one project at a time / Sally Roth.

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 10:55am
The beginner's guide to starting a garden : 326 fast, easy, affordable ways to transform your yard one project at a time / Sally Roth.
Author: Roth, Sally, author.
Call Number: SB473.R684 2017

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