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Darwin and women : a selection of letters / by Samantha Evans ; foreword by Dame Gillian Beer.

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 7:00pm
Darwin and women : a selection of letters / by Samantha Evans ; foreword by Dame Gillian Beer.
Author: Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882, author.
Call Number: QH31.D2D378 2017

Permaculture guide to reed beds : designing, building and planting your treatment wetland system / Féidhlim Harty.

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 7:00pm
Permaculture guide to reed beds : designing, building and planting your treatment wetland system / Féidhlim Harty.
Author: Harty, Féidhlim, author.
Call Number: TD756.5.H37 2017

The landscapes of Anne of Green Gables : the enchanting island that inspired L.M. Montgomery / Catherine Reid.

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 7:00pm
The landscapes of Anne of Green Gables : the enchanting island that inspired L.M. Montgomery / Catherine Reid.
Author: Reid, Catherine, 1955- author.
Call Number: PR9199.3.M6Z865 2018

My colors book / Patricia Mitter.

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 7:00pm
My colors book / Patricia Mitter.
Author: Mitter, Patricia, author, illustrator.
Call Number: QC495.5.M58 2017

My numbers book / Patricia Mitter.

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 7:00pm
My numbers book / Patricia Mitter.
Author: Mitter, Patricia, author, illustrator.
Call Number: QA113.M58 2017

My opposites book / Patricia Mitter.

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 7:00pm
My opposites book / Patricia Mitter.
Author: Mitter, Patricia, author, illustrator.
Call Number: PE1591.M58 2018

Reading the landscape of America / May Theilgaard Watts.

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 7:00pm
Reading the landscape of America / May Theilgaard Watts.
Author: Watts, May Theilgaard.
Call Number: QK115.W37 1975

Tuesday Mornings are for the Birds

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 8:00am

Bring your binoculars and enjoy the spring migration. We’ll visit Sand Ridge’s best birding spots and watch for some colorful warblers.

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From Golden Gate to Garden Gate : small works 2017 / American Society of Botanical Artists.

New Book Arrivals - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 7:00pm
From Golden Gate to Garden Gate : small works 2017 / American Society of Botanical Artists.
Author: American Society of Botanical Artists. Meeting.
Call Number: QK98.3.S62 2017

7a. Conferencia mundial de Orquideologá : programa conmemorativo = 7th World Orchid Conference : Souvenr [sic] program / coordinación y dirección, Rodrigo Escobar ; editores asistentes, Juan Felipe Posada [and others] ; traducciones, Rosemary Smith.

New Book Arrivals - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 7:00pm
7a. Conferencia mundial de Orquideologá : programa conmemorativo = 7th World Orchid Conference : Souvenr [sic] program / coordinación y dirección, Rodrigo Escobar ; editores asistentes, Juan Felipe Posada [and others] ; traducciones, Rosemary Smith.
Call Number: QK495.O64W9275 1972

Fresh cut : an international juried botanical exhibition of the American Society of Botanical Artists at the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 25-October 9, 2005 / Jurors Lyndel King, Katie Lee, Margaret Saul.

New Book Arrivals - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 7:00pm
Fresh cut : an international juried botanical exhibition of the American Society of Botanical Artists at the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 25-October 9, 2005 / Jurors Lyndel King, Katie Lee, Margaret Saul.
Call Number: QK98.3.F74 2005

The Seventh Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition of the American Society of Botanical Artists at the Horticultural Society of New York, New York, USA : September 23 - November 12, 2004 / catalog editors, Robin A. Jess, Dr. Peter K....

New Book Arrivals - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 7:00pm
The Seventh Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition of the American Society of Botanical Artists at the Horticultural Society of New York, New York, USA : September 23 - November 12, 2004 / catalog editors, Robin A. Jess, Dr. Peter K. Nelson, Elizabeth Scholtz, Carol Woodin.
Call Number: QK98.2.I58 2004

Diversidad florística del norte de Perú / Abundio Sagástegui Alva [and others].

New Book Arrivals - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 7:00pm
Diversidad florística del norte de Perú / Abundio Sagástegui Alva [and others].
Call Number: QK271.D58

Sagawau Bird Hikes

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 8:30am

Join a naturalist to observe birds. Learn to identify birds by field marks, behavior, sound and habitat. Binoculars available for loan.

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Bald Eagle Bash

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 1:30pm

One of America’s greatest success stories has come to roost in your neighborhood! Join us as we learn about what makes these bald and beautiful lords tick, the significance of their return to Cook County, and where to spot them.

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Spring Symphony

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 1:00pm

Learn what all the singing is about and identify some common tunes of the local bird and frog choruses out on the trail.

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Miller Meadow Birding Trip

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 7:30am

Explore early spring migrants, including snipe and American pipits. Beginning birders welcome; binoculars available. Updates: chicagobirder.org.

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Protect Spring Plantings When Cold Returns

Garden Blog - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 3:39pm

It’s that time of year when the sun finally comes out and temperatures go up, allowing you to get some outdoor planting done. But beware the fickle Chicago spring.

Spring planters are out all around the Garden.

Don’t let frost take out all of your plants (and hard work). Cover less hardy plantings or move them into sheltered areas this weekend when temperatures dip below freezing.

Perfect gardening days are sometimes followed by colder temperatures that can wreak havoc on your newly installed containers. Here at the Garden, we’ve just begun installing our spring annual displays, but we have to protect them from colder days on the horizon. Horticulturist Heather Sherwood shared some of the things she’s doing to protect plants that the home gardener may want to do as well.

  • Move containers inside. Sherwood’s team recently planted large containers with a mix of flowers, including foxglove and Persian buttercup. They’re just outside the English Walled Garden now, but they’ll be moved into McGinley Pavilion, which currently has plastic draping down to keep the cold out. If you’ve started to create containers for your back porch or balcony, bring them inside. Even an uninsulated shed offers more protection than none. 
  • Not all containers are easy to relocate indoors. Some of our spring annual display containers weigh more than 200 pounds, and will stay where they are through the cold. Sherwood will cover the ones that can’t be moved with plastic, including used soil bags. If you were planning on just disposing of your empty soil bags, reuse them this way to protect your containers instead. Sherwood also recommends covering plants with old bedding, especially fitted sheets. They fit snugly around the bottom of the containers and keep out the cold air.
  • If you do cover your containers, it may be helpful to prop up the covering with bamboo poles. The covering shouldn’t touch the plants, because it can weigh down and crush any leaves or fresh blooms. And if the temperatures drop too low, the covering can freeze to the plant and damage it. Circulation is always good, so give your plants “breathing room” if you cover them.
  • Leave some plants alone. Some flowers don’t need your fretting. Pansies will likely withstand colder temperatures. Daffodils and tulips, some of which haven’t even emerged yet, will probably also be fine. Focus your efforts on protecting the more vulnerable flowers and let the hardy ones tough out the cold.
  • Protect the containers. Your plants won’t stand a chance if you don’t also protect the containers you’ve planted them in. If you use terra cotta pots, keep them dry in cold temperatures. If they’re wet and then freeze, cracks can form. Containers made from fiberglass and plastic will degrade over time if they’re in direct sunlight, so check these for damage and move inside if you’re unsure of their durability. Your reused containers will last much longer if you have stored them out of the elements over winter. (Make a mental note for next winter.)
Container plantings in the English Walled Garden are covered lightly with soil bags.

Container plantings in the English Walled Garden are covered lightly with soil bags.

Heavier frost blankets are stapled around tree trunks to protect displays around the Regenstein Center.

Heavier frost blankets are stapled around tree trunks to protect displays around the Regenstein Center.

Still not sure what to do with your containers? Contact Plant Information here at the Garden at (847) 835-0972 or plantinfo@chicagobotanic.org with any questions. The master gardeners and horticulture specialists who run this service can help you figure out what’s best for your plants.

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Morning Bird Walks

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 9:30am

Enjoy a casual guided walk with a Naturalist, to look for birds and bird behavior. All levels welcome. Binoculars available. No groups, please.

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Friday Bird Hikes

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 8:30am

Catch the migration spirit and join us each Friday for a guided bird hike. If the weather and birds cooperate, join us for another hike at a different forest preserve in the area. Binoculars available. Participants will drive their own vehicles.

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