Boxwood Looking Battered?

Boxwood Looking Battered?

May 03, 2019 9 Comments

Based on the mind-blowing number of boxwood samples that arrive daily at our Wilmette store and are being seen by our landscape team, there’s a big. post-winter problem. The damage is largely attributable to two things- an insect (Boxwood leafminer) and record-breaking low winter temperatures.

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Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day Gift Guide

May 01, 2019

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, May 12th! A day set aside to celebrate the super heroes who raised us. Check out our Mother's Day Gift Guide for gift ideas for every type of mom out there! 

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Arbor Day - Plant a Friend!

Arbor Day - Plant a Friend!

April 25, 2019 1 Comment

A planet with more trees is a better world. Why not think of Arbor Day as a national birthday for trees? But how did it all start? While we were taught that transplanted Nebraskan J. Sterling Morton was the father of the first “Arbor Day” holiday he actually came too late to the party to claim that title, at least internationally. 

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Chalet Landscape Opening Day

Chalet Landscape Opening Day

April 23, 2019

Each winter at Chalet we spend time learning, designing, and planning for spring. Throughout most of December, January, and February the thought of spring seems foreign and it’s hard to imagine that warmth, sunshine, and color are possibilities outside our windows. But then the calendar turns to March. Spring is coming.

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Living Coral: A Natural Happiness

Living Coral: A Natural Happiness

April 10, 2019

Pantone's color of 2019 is Living Coral. Cited as a color of carefree happiness, it symbolizes our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, a feeling people may be craving in today’s landscape. Get inspired to add this popular color to your home, garden, and everyday life!

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What’s all this Fuss about Frost?

What’s all this Fuss about Frost?

April 01, 2019

We all know frost by sight. It’s so obvious, right? It’s that collection of pretty (if you don’t have tender annuals or vegetables that can be killed by it) ice crystals that have the potential to be deadly to “frost tender” plants. It tends to be most obvious from a distance on grassy sites.

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Setting the Perfect Table

Setting the Perfect Table

December 04, 2018

During the next few weeks, we will be sitting down to numerous holiday meals with family and friends. Planning a beautiful tablescape is just as important as planning the perfect menu. A beautifully set table can elevate your holiday meal from great to perfect. Let Chalet walk you through the basics of a perfect tablescape!

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Don’t Overlook These Garden Winterizing Tasks

Don’t Overlook These Garden Winterizing Tasks

November 16, 2018 4 Comments

It’s hard to overlook: raking leaves, chucking frost-dead annuals, planting spring-flowering bulbs, cutting back fall-ravaged perennials, etc. We all have a fall garden punch list. Have you included any of the following tasks on yours?

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Fool-Proof Fall Planting

Fool-Proof Fall Planting

October 24, 2018 1 Comment

As blazing summer heat retreats and the idea of being in the garden becomes appealing again (fun even?), a truly time-sensitive question arises.  “Should I plant now or is it better to wait ‘til spring?” For those eager to “make their garden better” now, but are seeking a horticultural blessing, read this and go forth shovel in hand, confident you’ve made a sound decision. 

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Tips & Trends for Fresh Fall Containers

Tips & Trends for Fresh Fall Containers

September 12, 2018

Extremes in summer weather have taken a toll on gardens… and planters, too. I dare anyone to say their formerly beautiful containers look exactly the way they’d like as fall becomes fact. Since we still have lots of time before winter, why not enjoy that time with feast-for-the-eyes gorgeous pots? I asked Earl Lieske, III, Chalet’s Wilmette planter guru, what trends he’s creating for fresh fall container gardening fashions.

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Essential Oils for Back to School

Essential Oils for Back to School

August 27, 2018

It’s that time of year again. Back to school season is upon us - a time welcomed by parents and frowned upon by the kids. The school year can bring unfamiliar stresses to children and the family dynamic. They go from weeks of fun to hard work and learning. One of the things that can cause back to school anxiety is not knowing what to expect… 

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Letting Your Landscape Go to the Dogs

Letting Your Landscape Go to the Dogs

August 02, 2018

Everyone that has a dog agrees their pets are family members too. And just like kids, your pet’s energy and needs should be considered when developing our gardens. Whether you have an “only” dog or a pack, here are a few things to consider to ensure their happiness and safety when enjoying their outdoor space:

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