The Evolution of a Garden Featuring Keeler Gardens

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Keeler Gardens was fortunate to be the feature of a discussion on the transformation of a city space into an urban oasis. The presentation was almost an hour long and included some wonderful before and after imagery, along with some of the why’s and how’s of the garden’s evolution.  Today we have for you the audio track of that presentation and a link to the actual “slide show”, so if you wanted to follow along you can.  We will update this post once we have synchronized the audio and slide show.

If you would just like to listen we included here in the post a few of the images from the presentation to give you some of the visuals.

Very soon we will be adding a page to our website that will take you through the transformation, image by image, a permanent addition to our website that can be enjoyed for the experiences, and as a continued view into how Keeler Gardens grows every season.

Come Visit Keeler Gardens

Wonderful picture of the front garden in full spring bloom. Lilacs in the foreground with lady's mantle, with Ajuga ground cover under the burning bush on the left display garden, and magic carpet spirea and irises in the far background.

Wonderful picture of the front garden in full spring bloom. Lilacs in the foreground with lady's mantle, with Ajuga ground cover under the burning bush on the left display garden, and magic carpet spirea and irises in the far background. GARDEN WALK AT KEELER GARDENS

SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2016 

10 AM – 2 PM

Come take a walk through Keeler Gardens, have a glass of lemonade and a snack, and learn a bit about our teaching garden.  We are approximately 1500 square feet of green on a Chicago city lot, offering as much as we can to the community.  See what we have created with ten years of diligence and hard work.  And we will have some giveaways, plants we have propagated, though supplies may run out fast.

We are planning for Keeler Gardens to formally serve the community at all levels of horticulture and so we are announcing Keeler Gardens, NFP, our new non-for-profit.  Learn more about us here.

Our garden is at 3631 N. Keeler Avenue in Chicago.  We are two blocks west of Pulaski Ave. and just north of Addison St.  It’s a big green house with a wrap around porch.  You can park on the street or in the parking lot across the alley in the rear.  Please check in at the front garden and you will join one of the many tours being offered throughout the day.

May Flowers at Keeler Gardens

So we are taking a walk through the gardens again.  It’s mid-may and we have Ajuga in bloom, tulips making a relatively graceful exit, and the peonies are on their way.  You may have seen this video live on Facebook, when we featured the front gardens in bloom.

This is the premier of the second video though, of the rear gardens, where the poppies are budding along with the many roses we hope to show you in a few weeks.  There are many spring blooms to see, now, and in the upcoming days.  Stay tuned for more…

 

Sprout the Titan Arum at the Chicago Botanic Garden

We recently visited Sprout, the newest star of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s titan arum display.  We were fortunate to catch a couple of videos of CBG staff collecting pollen from Sprout’s male flowers.  Pollen will be stored, frozen actually, so it can remain viable for about two years, and will be used to pollinate future titan arum female flowers.

If you missed the show at the Chicago Botanic check back here for more videos of Sprout in bloom and Alice in fruit.

Keeler Gardens, Spring 2016

Late last week we did a live stream feed of the spring show here in the front garden at Keeler Gardens.  We also filmed a video of the back garden, which is more a preview of what’s to come this summer.  Take a look at the videos and we will post some images soon.

Spring Preview with Bailey Nurseries

Welcome to Spring!  We have for you a video from Bailey Nurseries on some of their exciting new plants for 2016.  Not all of these are new cultivars, some are new offerings from Bailey Nurseries and some are new to the industry.  It begins with trees and shrubs then moves to perennials and edibles, and there are some annuals, too, as we are only zone 5.  Leave us a comment if you have questions.

We will be trialing a couple of these new plants this season so stay tuned for some on-site results to see how they perform.