The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 9, 2008 · Page 143
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SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2008 Daily Herald Crossword dallyherald.com Home & Garden 4 CLFI2M Miat's new for the nest Soon it will be time to buy our plants Spring is the very best time of year to be in the Midwest, so get ready to enjoy it to the hilt. If you're a gardener who sneaks across the border to _______ buy plants in ™""""'"""""" Wisconsin, you'll Inside ™ anA v op i c , kAup ., the March/April Midwest Living. Deb Wiley's "I Brake for Plants" covers a two-day driving loop between Madison and Milwaukee. Here are some of her finds: •Ten types of dragon's head were available at the Flower Factory near Stoughton. • Ore's Dagger from Schonheit Gardens just east of Madison will enhance her fern collection. • At Monches Farm northeast of Oconomowoc, she found Raspberry Ice pulmo- naria, which she says deer don't like. •Yerke Frog Alley Greenhouses, north of Mukwonago, carry organic vegetables. • And the ever-popular Roy Diblik arranges groupings of plants that do well together at Northwind Perennial Farm, north of Lake Geneva. Wiley bought autumn moor- grass, Pink Delight salvia and Eveline veronica. Bassa nova or tango into spring now! Speaking of flowers, this week Macy's opens Floranova at the State Street store. The Latin-flavored flower show— - along with food, music, entertainment and shopping—will run from Thursday through March 30. The fiesta is inspired by Mexico, Cuba, Brazillian modernism, the Amazon and South Beach in Miami Beach. Featured artists whose work will be sold include David Lebatard, known as Lebo, and Maria Bonomi, who made 5-foot-tall metal leaves for the show. The floral areas are divided into the parts along the State Street side of the store. • A tropical area will feature palms, banana plants and 30 types of ferns. • Colonial Brazil will make a white statement with 20 varieties of orchids, gerberas and azaleas. • And 20 different succulents will add to the bright splashes of white, yellow, red and purple gardenias that honor Mexico and Central America. The calendar is on www. macys.com. Click on store events. The store is at 111N. State St., Chicago. Call (312) 781-1000. Age is a real benefit at an antique show What's your favorite antique? You will find almost any thing you are passionate about at the Winnetka Antiques Show. Fifty dealers both local and from across the country will display and sell from noon to 5 p.m. today. Talks start at 12:30 p.m. and include information about American folk art, Majolica and 19th century American paintings. Tickets are $15. The show is at the Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka. Call (847) 446-0537 or visit www.winnetkaantiques.com. —Deborah Donovan PHOTOS BY GILBERT R. BOUCHER Il/glxmclicrCn clailyhcrald.com Roses are among the cut flowers that Jim and Cindy Piatl of Sylvia's Flowers, below, are selling at the Chicagoland Flower & Garden Show. Arlington Heights florists re-create a European flower market at the Chicagoland garden show BY DEBORAH DONOVAN DAILY HERALD HOMES WRITER ililonmian@dnilylieralil.com F lowers brighten our homes, lift our spirits and give us the subtle message to slow down, enjoy life and smile. They're one of those things we know are good for us, but they are much more fun than some other virtuous habits — say eating vegetables and exercising regularly. It's a European thing to pick up flowers on the way home without the need of a special occasion or Hallmark moment, said Jim Platt. He and his wife, Cindy, owners of Sylvia's Flowers Inc. in Arlington Heights, have created a European flower market called Mille Fleurs: A Floral Flair at the Chicagoland Flower & Garden Show. The show continues through March 16 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. See FLOWERS on PAGE 4 If you go What: Chicagoland Flower & Garden Show Where: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 555 N. River Road, Rosemont When: Through March 16 Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays through Wednesday; until 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Tickets: $14 weekends; $12 weekdays; $20 two-day pass. Children 4 to 12 are $5 every day; free for children younger than 4. Parking: $11 Details: (773) 435-1250 or WWW. chicagoflower.com Features: Gardens, seminars, culinary demonstrations, garden marketplace, table settings and Home Lifestyle Expo. For a listing, turn to Page 3. The Platts have gathered flowers from around the world for the Rosemont show, including intensely colorful Hawaiian flowers like ginger. Herbs can give beneficial garden insects a boost PHOTO BY JAN KIGliENBACH I can't imagine ever having too many dill, fennel and anise plants scattered throughout my vegetable garden. These herbs come in handy for seasoning foods, of course. I also love the look of their ferny foliage and their airy flowers, arranged in open clusters that resemble upside- _____ down umbrellas. With more plants than I'll use in the kitchen, there are always plenty of extras to share with the voracious caterpillars that are destined to become gorgeous swallowtail butterflies. Attractive and savory, dill also lures beneficial insects to the garden. j an R|n flen |) ac h * But there's one more thing these herbs have going for them that at first glance is less obvious. All three are among the plants most attractive to beneficial insects, such as small parasitic wasps and predatory lacewings. With the beneficials well-fed, they'll stay to help fight garden pests. What a deal! Organic gardeners have touted the use of beneficial insects for many years, but does it work? Jeff Gillman, assistant professor of horticulture at the University of Minnesota, answers with a resounding yes. Writing in "The Truth about Organic Gardening" (Timber Press, $12.95), Gillman says he simply can't think of one good reason not to use these nectar- producing herbs to attract more beneficials. When working to build up the population of beneficial insects, Gillman says indiscriminate sprayingandbroad-spectrumpes- ticides are out. Even organic controls such as insecticidal soap and pyrethrum should be used only as a last resort. In the book, Gillman helps us make wise choices by giving the pros and cons of the most common organic and synthetic- pesticides. I think it's a good idea to keep an insect identification guide handy, so you can easily check before you spray. The insect you see may be one of the good guys, already at work. SeeRIGGENBACHonPAGiS » * ^

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