Garden in a City, billed as "America's only urban garden show" is Chicago's newest event and H&G leads off with all the info. This first annual garden show to focus on urban horticulture and community greening is coming to Butler Field from May 13 - May 21. Small Lots, Big Ideas puts forth the query, "what happens when big-name landscape architects have to work in the space the size of a bungalow back yard?" The small lots: 25x25 - the average size of a Chicago back yard. The big idea: sustainability - adding vegetation where there was concrete, using recycled materials, conserving energy and water, minimizing and eliminating pesticides and herbicides. Peter Lindsay Schaudt, whose landscaping firm has worked on IIT's campus and the Daley Center Plaza takes on a garage roof for his entry. His will be one of over 40 exhibits on what "real Chicagoans could do to green up tiny front and back yards, parkways, balconies and roofs."
Also from H&G this week:
We're cooking again: Introduces Ron Bilaro, a personal chef based in Chicago who will be writing about food, cooking, and entertaining for H&G.
Fiesta of Flavors: The first column from Ron Bilaro on entertaining. Ideas for a cinco de mayo brunch, includes a manjo-jicama salad that sounds tasty.
No More Chemicals: five things to do to get your lawn looking good the organic way. The scoop on how to break your lawn's addiction to chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Into the Outdoors: A new book brings together the ideas of garden visionaries. The excerpts included in the article: Jens Jensen, Reginald J. Farrar, and Shiro Nakane.
Garden Clippings: An expensive pot, trimming branches, and an exhibit of photo-murals. We'll take the exhibit. "In Search of Paradise: Great Gardens of the World" runs May 5 to Oct. 22 at Millennium Park and features photos of the work of modern garden designers Piet Oudolf, Topher Delaney and Martha Schwartz, among others. top image: gardeninacity.org