For the Love of Plants

For the Love of Plants

July 21, 2019

I had seen her before. She appears occasionally when I walk down the street. Her beauty is unquestioned. It's easy to not fully appreciate it when you're not in the right frame of mind. This spring, I saw her with a new appreciation and a I got that warm and fuzzy feeling. 

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Meditation and Nature: A Powerful Combination for Happiness

Meditation and Nature: A Powerful Combination for Happiness

June 25, 2019 2 Comments

As Chicagoans, we understand the value of the outdoors more than most. Being trapped indoors for the better part of five months gives us a cabin fever that detracts from our well-being and mental health. Winter aside, Americans now only spend an estimated 7% of their lives outside. 

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Trending 2019 Annuals

Trending 2019 Annuals

June 11, 2019

Let’s not overlook the fact that your garden is a fashion statement, just like the clothes on your back. In that context is it any less fun to anticipate what’s new on the garden runway? After all, annuals allow you the flexibility to change your garden wardrobe every year! Here are some of the annuals we’re excited about in 2019!

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What to Plant When the Water’s Rising

What to Plant When the Water’s Rising

June 10, 2019

Well, this winter’s polar vortex certainly tested plant hardiness. Now we’ve segued into the wettest May on record. With so many of us dealing with dense clay soils that don’t drain well anyway our trees, shrubs and perennials are STRESSED!!!!

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Chalet Garden Evolution

Chalet Garden Evolution

June 10, 2019

As time rolls by and life changes, so do the gardens we design and install. One garden in particular has seen many changes over the years, the garden that borders the south and west sides of our retail store in Wilmette. It’s a unique space, a few hundred yards long and very narrow as it creates the border between a parking lot and the two busy streets.  The garden has always been an opportunity to showcase our skill and the talented people who work at Chalet. We are lucky to have such a prominent location with great visibility.

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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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