Student Spotlight: Meet Olivia Smith

1.Introduce yourself. What is your name, school, major, and plans for after graduation? My name is Olivia Smith, and I am currently a senior at Grand Valley State University studying Natural Resources Management. This spring, I will be graduating and moving to...

California in Winter

by Peter BowyerGarden Form & Composition   The day length is rapidly increasing, the day-night temperature fluctuation is minimal, plants and their animal pests are beginning to wake up and grow. February and early March are still in the high point of our...

The Japanese Gardens at Hatley Park

by Barrie AgarThe Japanese Gardens at Hatley ParkThe winter storms have brought down debris upon the lakes, the paths and the garden beds. We are raking up the detritus from the many cedars that outline the gardens.  This is a good opportunity to re-gravel the many...

Anderson Japanese Garden in February

By Catherine MarshAnderson Japanese Gardens Although our Gardeners would love to be dormant pruning in February, in Northern Illinois there is usually too much snow and cold temperatures make branches brittle, rendering fine twigs easily damaged by contact. As well,...

Inspiration from Nature

By Nicole LaPlante Land Art Fine Gardening One of the first questions I get from folks when I tell them I’m a professional gardener is: so what do you do all winter? This is a fair question because, in USDA Zone 4, the dormant season is quite lengthy. Gardens are...