Portage Park Garden Club

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purpose of the PPGC is to collect and distribute
information about topics of interest to the members,
to promote a spirit of cooperation, goodwill and
neighborliness, and encourage people to openly
communicate and participate in the exchange of ideas
pertaining to gardening.

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Free Zoom program with noted author and Ecologist Doug Tallamy on Tuesday, Jan. 18th!

Free Zoom program with noted author and Ecologist Doug Tallamy on Tuesday, Jan. 18th!

Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/D-Tallamy

Award-winning author, ecologist, and T.A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, Doug Tallamy is joining us for a new virtual program on January 18th, 6:30 pm!

Tallamy is an expert on what he calls Homegrown National Parks—lawns replanted with North American flora to foster a healthy native ecosystem. his book Bringing Nature Home was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014; Nature's Best Hope, a New York Times Best Seller, was released in February 2020, and his latest book The Nature of Oaks was released by Timber press in March 2021.

We'll be talking about nature, caterpillars, and how to turn your own yard into a haven for local wildlife! It's going to be a lot of fun, so be sure to visit tinyurl.com/D-Tallamy and register for the program today!

Plant Tomatoes Deep - The Secret To Your Best Harvest Ever
Plant Tomatoes Deep - The Secret To Your Best Harvest Ever

Plant Tomatoes Deep - The Secret To Your Best Harvest Ever

You’ve probably come across the common gardening advice arguing that planting tomatoes deeply is an absolute must. It seems to go against all gardening instincts – especially when proponents recommend the leaves should be buried

Popular shrub, tree found locally to be banned
Popular shrub, tree found locally to be banned

Popular shrub, tree found locally to be banned

Japanese barberry, a red-berried ornamental shrub that graces many a yard in Lancaster County, and Bradford pear trees, still celebrated for their explosion of white blossoms on Lancaster city streets


👏From the Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program! 👏 𝘿𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙜𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙝𝙮𝙩𝙚𝙨?

Geophytes! Geophytes are herbaceous plants with underground storage organs, rather than fibrous root systems.

Often lumped together under the term “bulbs,” these storage organs can also be corms, tubers, rhizomes, or other structures. These organs contain reserves of carbohydrates, nutrients, and water. Geophytes typically undergo a dieback or “dormancy” period, which varies depending on season of bloom.

- Summer-blooming geophytes: Dahlia and hybrid gladiolus
- Spring-blooming geophytes: Crocus, tulip (Tulipa), and daffodils (Narcissus).

Spring bloomers are generally cold-hardy perennials, so are purchased and planted mid to late autumn. Just like holiday décor, spring bulbs are starting to show up in stores earlier and earlier – even in August. Do not plant until the weather is reliably cool and soil temperatures below 50 F.

More on geophytes: https://www.uaex.edu/.../plant-week/geophytes-4-1-11.aspx

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Herbaceous plants with underground storage organs, rather than fibrous root systems.
Often lumped together under the term “bulbs.”

Made of modified leaves or scales, with a compressed stem and a basal plate where roots emerge (picture an onion).

Storage structure is a modified stem with a basal plate – described as "solid bulbs.” EX crocus, gladiolus

Thickened underground stem with no basal plate. Tubers such as Caladium have “eyes” – potatoes are tubers.

Thickened root tissue; growth arises from buds at the top (crown) of the root mass. EX dhalia

Modified stems that grows horizontally at or below the soil surface. EX German Iris, lily-of-the-valley

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How To Propagate Rosemary From Cuttings: Step-By-Step With Photos
How To Propagate Rosemary From Cuttings: Step-By-Step With Photos

How To Propagate Rosemary From Cuttings: Step-By-Step With Photos

Rosemary features high on the list of essential garden herbs. This dense shrub is a vigorous grower with a million uses in the kitchen, from roasts to cocktails and more. Who wouldn’t want as much

DIY Glass Garden Flowers
DIY Glass Garden Flowers

DIY Glass Garden Flowers

Learn how to make glass garden flowers from old plates, bowls, candleholders, and more. This recycled crafts project can be as simple or fancy as you like.

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos

This January calendar illustration (circa 1940s) is by May Theilgaard Watts, who pioneered the Arboretum’s education program under the direction of Joy Morton’s daughter, Jean Cudahy. Watts used drawings to enliven her classes and Arboretum publications. The Sterling Morton Library has more than 700 of her original pieces. You may find many of her works on ACORN, a publicly accessible online database at bit.ly/3eVHqpB. #throwbackthursday #MortonArbCentennial #Centennial

Agave Watch at Garfield Park Conservatory!

Agave Watch at Garfield Park Conservatory!

Al turns 100 in March 2022, and while he’s not as mobile as he was a few years ago, he’s still beaming with life. The im...
Meet the 96-Year-Old Man Who Turned Southern Idaho Into a Bluebird Haven

Al turns 100 in March 2022, and while he’s not as mobile as he was a few years ago, he’s still beaming with life. The impact he’s had on the populations of bluebirds in North America will remain his legacy, long after he stops building boxes.


Al Larson has spent four decades building hundreds of nest boxes for Western and Mountain Bluebirds. Now these homes and their inhabitants are facing the test of climate change.


Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation – Christmas Tree Recycling
How do you stuff a Christmas tree into a garbage can? You DON’T! Drop off your tree – will all lights, garland and ornaments removed – at any of the following northwest side locations between Saturday, 1/8/22, and Saturday, 1/22/22.
Clark Park, 3400 North Rockwell Street
Kelvyn Park, 4438 West Wrightwood Avenue
North Park Village, 5801 North Pulaski Road
Norwood Park, 5800 North Avondale Avenue
Portage Park, 4100 North Long Avenue
Riis Park, 6201 West Wrightwood Avenue
Warren Park, 6601 North Western Avenue
Free mulch will be available at North Park Village and Warren Park starting Monday, 1/10122 For additional information please call 311 or visit www.chicagorecyles.org.

Chicago ranks number 1 in plant biodiversity http://chicagonaturenow.com/blog/chicago-ranks-number-1-in-plant-biodiversi...
Chicago Ranks #1 in Native Plant Biodiversity compared to National Parks!

Chicago ranks number 1 in plant biodiversity


The Chicago region is home to 1,867 native plant species, far more than any of the 59 U.S. national parks. The combined protected natural area within a 50-mile radius of downtown Chicago ranks 25th in acreage—greater than 35 national parks, including Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, Mount Rainier, Zio...


Now is the time to winter sow those native milkweed seeds using the milk jug method. If you need seeds, click here: https://tinyurl.com/MonarchFood


The gardener's Christmas tree!


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Is anyone interested in trading some plants? I have three healthy Sweet 100 Tomato starts that need a home. I originally traded to get them from a friend for some pepper plants. Honestly, I don't really need anything in return for them, but that would be fun.
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Free garden class next Monday evening!
Monarach Butterfly in my yard today. Second siting in a week (and I was out of town 5 days). 🦋
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