Anticipation – Chicago Flower and Garden Show

Mike and I are different. No, not just the obvious differences. Take the cherries below for example.

Well, you can’t actually take them because we had them with our pancakes yesterday morning. Let’s use ‘take’ a little less literally. We bring home a 10 pound bucket of frozen cherries from Door County every autumn. . . . → Read More: Anticipation – Chicago Flower and Garden Show

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – The Chicago Flower and Garden Show, Then and Now

Poor me. I’ve been gone all day every day this week and couldn’t take pictures of my yard for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day on the 15th.

Poor me. I leave when it’s getting light.

Poor me. I get back when it’s dark.

Poor me. I’ve had to spend every day at the Chicago Flower . . . → Read More: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – The Chicago Flower and Garden Show, Then and Now

Chicago Flower and Garden Show – Behind The Scenes

And now…the moment you’ve all been waiting for…the opening of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. Wait!!!! It’s not time. It’s too early. It’s even too early for the Friday evening preview to be previewing. So I won’t take the mystery out of the show, but a sneak peak could be fun. A sneak preview . . . → Read More: Chicago Flower and Garden Show – Behind The Scenes

Zone 5 – Favorites On The 5th – Speaking At The Chicago Flower And Garden Show

I love this quote that Beth Burden sent out to all of the speakers at this year’s Chicago Flower and Garden Show…

IF YOU ARE DELAYED FOR ANY REASON: please call Carol, our on-site seminar manager.

Yep. Me. On-site seminar manager at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show that runs March 9 – 17 at . . . → Read More: Zone 5 – Favorites On The 5th – Speaking At The Chicago Flower And Garden Show

My First Published Paid Article Ever! Woohoo

Yes, gardening in Chicagoland has arrived at the Cichorski house, even though 4-6” of snow was also arriving as I wrote this. • My first published paid article ever is in the March/April issue of Chicagoland Gardening Magazine. • I’ll be introducing the speakers at the Garden Show March 9 – 17. Ok, it’s . . . → Read More: My First Published Paid Article Ever! Woohoo

The Chicago Flower And Garden Show Started Yesterday For Me

My first trip to the Chicago Flower and Garden Show was 18 years ago. It was a defining moment for me. Mike and his Mom were already gardeners. My gardening experience at that time came down to ‘that which would grow in my gutters if I didn’t clean them.’ Perhaps I knew that the smiley . . . → Read More: The Chicago Flower And Garden Show Started Yesterday For Me

Chicago Flower and Garden Show – Win Free Tickets

I want free tickets to the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, don’t you? Check out their Facebook page to see that you can win tickets by sending in pictures of their advertising.

A CTA Bus Tail sent in by LaManda Joy of The Peterson Garden Project.

I’m going to be watching out here in . . . → Read More: Chicago Flower and Garden Show – Win Free Tickets

10 Tips For Planting Dahlias

I noticed that not every one of you showed up for Mike’s presentation last night, but I’m still going to share some dahlia growing secrets with you. Sure, you could have learned more if you were at the Lake Zurich Garden Club meeting, or at Mike’s presentation at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, but . . . → Read More: 10 Tips For Planting Dahlias

Seed Swap Or Feeding Frenzy – You Decide

One look at the picture and Feeding Frenzy is what you are likely to call this event.

Chicago Botanic Gardens called it a Seed Swap, but Feeding Frenzy feels right to me. I was among those vying to get our mitts on those seeds. Over 300 people had attended Diane Ott Whealy’s kick-off . . . → Read More: Seed Swap Or Feeding Frenzy – You Decide

Chicago Flower & Garden Show – Mike and I Are Speaking!!

Mike and I are both speaking at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. I don’t know how exciting that is for you, but it is certainly exciting for us. The show is at Navy Pier, running from March 10th through 18th.

My dear hubby is vice president of the Central States Dahlia Society. He . . . → Read More: Chicago Flower & Garden Show – Mike and I Are Speaking!!