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Five ways to heal with plants in winter

wellness with herbs

Wellness through herbs

 

When winter takes its toll—dry skin, coughs, holiday overload—you may find remedies in the natural world.

An increasing number of people are turning to plants to heal mind, body, and spirit. You can take a class at the Chicago Botanic Garden to learn more.

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Plant People

Cathy Thomas Plant People

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Chicago Botanic Garden staff members play roles as diverse as the plants that call our space home.

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Five ways to heal with plants in winter

wellness with herbs

Wellness through herbs

 

When winter takes its toll—dry skin, coughs, holiday overload—you may find remedies in the natural world.

An increasing number of people are turning to plants to heal mind, body, and spirit. You can take a class at the Chicago Botanic Garden to learn more.

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Flowers with friends

Communications Team Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Communication Department gathering making floral arrangements
 

How to host a floral centerpiece gathering

Here’s a simple way to add a personal touch and conversation piece to your holiday table—host a m

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How to dry flowers, from A to Z

Dried Flowers

Gardeners know it takes time and effort to cultivate a plant palette that blooms throughout the seasons. Each flower brings so much joy and satisfaction, but the blooms never last as long as you would like. My first urge is to take pictures. But there is another way to preserve this ephemeral beauty: drying flowers.

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Zebra Longwing: The Friendliest Butterfly Around

A longtime favorite of staff and visitors alike, the zebra longwing (Heliconius charitonius) is native from South America to south Texas and Florida, and occasionally an immigrant can be found as far north as Nebraska! The zebra longwing is the state butterfly of Florida.

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What’s a Little Frass Flicking Between Friends?

Cecropia moth Caterpillar

I am sure that most of you know what I am referring to when I say “leap year.” Although this is not a leap year, I am suggesting that we unofficially call 2015 “Lep Year”—“lep” being short for Lepidoptera (from the Latin “scaly wing”), the order of insects that includes butterflies and moths. It has probably been a decade or more since I have seen the diversity and abundance of butterflies and moths that I have seen this past spring and summer.

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