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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From Shabby to Chic in One Year

From Shabby to Chic in One Year

August 02, 2018

Landscape projects come in all shapes and sizes, whether a small container garden or full property renovation. Most clients approach me with a specific area of the property they are looking to improve. For example, the front yard landscape might have no presence and look tired, or the back yard has no privacy from the nosy neighbor. When renovating any part of your landscape, it’s important to be mindful of how that area of the property will relate to the rest. 

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Chalet Recommends: Plant Combinations

Chalet Recommends: Plant Combinations

June 26, 2018

Every designer has their go to medium, be it paint, clay, metal, or in my case, plants. There are endless choices and usually several plants that can be used in any given situation. Plant choices can also be highly subjective depending on the designer, and each of us has our own all-stars.  Here are a few of my favorite plant combinations:

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Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day

June 17, 2018

This quarter at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, I took a class called Family Enterprises: Issues and Solutions. Joined by counterparts in their own family businesses across the world, we shared stories of the highs and lows of working in the family business.  All families have their ups and downs, but when you mix family with business, those ups and downs can be magnified. 

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Impatience Breeds Impatiens

Impatience Breeds Impatiens

May 27, 2018 2 Comments

Once upon a time, now many years ago, millions and millions of impatiens were planted all across the kingdom. Their range of beautiful colors and ability to tolerate shade made them beloved by all who enjoyed their season long color. Then, along came a devastating plague, Impatiens downy mildew (IDM). 

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Outdoor Living 101

Outdoor Living 101

May 25, 2018

Temperatures are rising, days are getting longer, backyard grills are firing up.  Here are some tips to help you host an outdoor gathering for family and friends. Create the perfect setting. Impress your guests with a beautiful handmade centerpiece. 

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A Few of What’s New in Annuals & Veg-edibles…

A Few of What’s New in Annuals & Veg-edibles…

May 21, 2018

Why waste words when there are new plants to consider? It’s always fun to have fresh choices for your containers, beds, borders and veggie gardens. A few new ones at Chalet to preview…

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Vegetables... Not Too Bright

Vegetables... Not Too Bright

May 14, 2018

For those interested in growing their own veggies and herbs, precious little is posted about what tolerates “shade”. Even with Emerald ash borer decimating North Shore tree populations, most of us still have plenty of shade to go around.   

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A Passion for Purple

A Passion for Purple

April 24, 2018

So, what’s the story behind the Pantone color of the year? Every year the Pantone Color Institute (the color authority) investigates color trends and announces a color it believes will be prominent in the upcoming year. This year that color is Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple associated with mystic healing and mindfulness. 

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Fresh Design Ideas 2018

Fresh Design Ideas 2018

April 15, 2018 2 Comments

As spring ever so slowly creeps into the Chicago-land area, I am dreaming of warmer days and bountiful gardens.  Spring brings promise, rejuvenation, and change. Change in the landscape is inevitable as plants grow, spread, age, and pass on. Landscape design and style is always evolving as well. As we approach a new year on the ‘landscape calendar’ here are some items to focus on in landscape design.  When planning your garden for 2018 focus on ways to maximize space, reduce the need for meticulous maintenance, and create a sanctuary for yourself.

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