Garden Gems

"Bridging the sustainable lifestyles of yesteryear with sustainability today."

Chicago Flower and Garden Show 2017

After a long Chicago winter, the Chicago Flower and Garden Show is a sure sign spring is on the way. This years show took place March 18 – March 26 at ¬†historic Navy Pier. Filled with blooming flowers, shrubs and trees alongside artistic renditions of Chicago landmarks, the pier held up to the theme “Chicago’s Blooming”. The market area was filled with everything from fresh cut flowers to succulents and.. Read More

Wintergreen and Winter Greens in Virginia

My most recent visit to Virginia began with a trip to Wintergreen Resort. We rented a pet friendly, one bedroom condo with a fireplace up top the Blue Ridge Mountains. Unlimited firewood was included. The stone fireplace sharing its warmth, paired with my journal and a cup of coffee, made every morning inspirational. Surrounded by true winter greenery, this mountain resort’s landscaping is built into my favorite mountain range in.. Read More

The Paczki

The Paczi is a Polish pastry similar to a doughnut. Pronounced poonch-key, this roundish dessert is usually filled with fruit, a fruit jelly or custard. It’s a pre Lenten delicacy in Chicagoland. Historically in Poland, all of the ingredients that go into a Paczki; lard,sugar,eggs and fruit, were forbidden by Christian fasting practices during Lent. They would use¬†all of the “sinful” ingredients in the pantry days before lent began. Clearing.. Read More