Gifts to grow from the garden

The holiday gift giving season is in full swing and it’s this time of year that I wish I had the forethought to have grown my own gifts. I always think about this way too late so perhaps this list will be my New Year’s Resolution reminder to grow something that I can share with […]

Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge is a haven for nature

The word “legacy” comes to mind a lot for Ann Marie Chapman, visitor services manager at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge. That’s because the 2,500-acre preserve where she works, located about 65 miles outside of New York City on Long Island, exists because of a gift made 70 years ago. Maurice Wertheim, a New York investment […]

Jobs.plantsmap.com – Connecting People With Horticulture Jobs

Jobs.plantsmap.com – Connecting People With Horticulture Jobs was launched in October 2017. We regularly receive requests by our users to share their position openings and felt this would be a great tool to add to our site. It has been very well received by our community and others. Postings can include part-time and full-time paid […]

Plum Creek Nature Center fulfills dream of early naturalist

One hundred years ago, a naturalist named Jens Jensen took regular weekend trips with his family to the ends of Chicago’s streetcar lines, seeking meadows and open spaces where he could practice botany and find native plants to bring home with him. The idea of setting aside places where people could make connections with nature […]

Native plants are the focus at Rady Park Arboretum

When Mary McGee first became a master gardener in 2013, she had no idea that the volunteer group helped maintain an arboretum within a popular public park just a block from her house. So when she became involved with the Rady Park Arboretum, a project she co-chairs with fellow master gardener Winnie Buursink, one of […]