Gardening with Physical Limitations...

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 by

Article by National Garden Bureau   Let’s face it, gardeners age. Or, are afflicted with illnesses that can make gardening more difficult and less enjoyable. However, thanks to creative and inventive minds, there are now a wide variety of excellent tools and techniques to take some of the aches and pains out of gardening. Following are a few techniques we’ve found that offer great advice for improving your gardening ability despite physical limitations. Special thanks to the Chicago Botanic Garden for all the examples they show in their Buehler Enabling Garden. Know your limits. Be aware of just how much physical activity you can manage and ask for help when needed. Use the right tools. Act like an athlete! In other words, do a little warm-up activity before you begin gardening and give yourself...

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Autumn@Arboretum Sunday, Oct 2nd...

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 by

Autumn @the Arboretum Sunday, October 2, 2011   Who: Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden What: Autumn @the Arboretum Where: Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden – 2715 S Main Street in Rockford, IL When: Sunday, October 2, 2011 9am-4pm Cost: FREE Admission On Sunday, October 2 from 9am – 4pm come out to Klehm Arboretum for Autumn @the Arboretum. Experience the beauty of Fall as we use our entire 155 acre property for family-friendly enjoyment. The day is full of activities: Face Painting, a Northern Illinois Raptors demonstration, Billy the Balloon Guy, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Author John Gile will be reading: The First Forest, families can take part in The Great Pumpkin Hunt, Build-A-Scarecrow and more. Best of all everything’s...

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From Green Roofs to Fields of Flowers...

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 by

From Green Roofs to Fields of Flowers – Designing, Specifying, Installing and Managing the LEED Landscape by U.S. Green Building Council – Rockford/Northern Illinois Branch Date: August 31, 2011 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM Location: Klehm Arboretum, 2715 South Main Street Rockford, IL Cost: $10 – USGBC Members , Klehm Members, and Students | $20 – Non-Members   Join the USGBC – Illinois Chapter’s, Rockford/Northern Illinois Branch for From Green Roofs to Fields of Flowers – Designing, Specifying, Installing and Managing the LEED Landscape.  Utilizing the Sustainable Sites Initiative guidelines and 22 years of ecological restoration experience, we will discuss the reasons for sustainable landscaping and how best to achieve and maintain ecological stability on new and redeveloped sites. Green Roofs and native flora, bio-swales, erosion control and storm water manage- ment are just some...

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