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Time To Be In Earnest

I'm a long time fan of the late P. D. James and her admirable mysteries. When a friend lent me James's 'fragment of an autobiography', I leapt in. It is, indeed, a fragment -- it's a record of her seventy-seventh year --places visited, events attended, honors won, people met -- interspersed with looks backward at her life and reflections on aging. (The title comes from Dr. Samuel Johnson's assertion that at seventy-seven, it's time to be in earnest about one's life. I shall keep th...
Tags: Gardening, Earnest, James, Samuel Johnson, Vicki Lane


Eventide -- Robert's View

[Author: Vicki Lane]
Tags: Gardening, Robert, Vicki Lane


A world of meh (with notable exceptions): the midsize garden show

I did like this stacked stone circle from last year’s Plantasia. Garden installations crammed into windowless domes and convention centers in the middle of winter always feel so desperate to me. Maybe it’s the lighting, which is horrific, especially if you’re trying to take photos. Maybe it’s the predictable collection of plants, which consist of forced bulbs, a few shrubs, and a limited selection of perennials. Maybe it’s how the “plant materials” are generally there for the purpose of acces...
Tags: Gardening, Tricks, Designs, and Schemes, Plantasia Garden


The Power of Nature to the People! City Gardens Now!

Maybe I’m a control freak. Maybe I’m just not very smart. Quite possibly, I’m just too far down the tracks to back up and switch to another set of tracks. Fact is, I’m finding myself more and more infatuated with gardens in the city. I halfheartedly tried to break out from gardener to naturalist, but found that isn’t where my strengths lie. A plant community on the scale of a mixed forest is stimulation overload for me. Cannot process. Can only just take it in and enjoy. Totally unable to crea...
Tags: Gardening, Chicago, Don, Michigan Avenue, Gerber, Lake Shore Drive, Prairies, Lincoln Park Zoo, Real Gardens, Lurie Garden, People City Gardens Now



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