Learn more about gardening and about the places I find my inspiration from. Please use the following links and resources for more information about gardening and design.


Chicago Botanic Garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden opened more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers. In 2015, more than one million people visited the Garden's 27 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands, with six miles of lake shoreline. The Garden also has a renowned Bonsai Collection.


Chicago Botanic Garden Plant Finder

Find plant information and a plant's location within the Chicago Botanic Garden.


Sun and Shade Guide

You’re looking at your plant tag to see if it’s a plant you can grow. It tells you your plant wants partial sun. Do you know what means? Do you have the right sun requirements to grow this plant?

There are a lot of different definitions of sun levels, and they can be just as confusing to beginning gardeners as they are to seasoned ones.


Hardiness Zones for planting

The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones.  We are in Zone 5 in Chicago.


Dave’s Garden

Dave's Garden is the hands-down favorite website of gardeners around the world. Our articles and videos show you how to start seeds and learn how to have your best garden ever. Members can chat with other gardeners in our 143 forums, and identify your plants, pests, birds and butterflies.


The Color Wheel

Choosing your planting palette.
Make a personal statement with the colors you use.

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What is your color? 

Find out in COLORSTROLOGY by Michele Bernherdt