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Chicago Flower & Garden Show 2009

Yesterday I spent my day happily wandering the 2009 Chicago Flower & Garden Show. When I showed up to park at Navy Pier I was surprised by large frozen ice flows floating next to the pier in Lake Michigan. Fisherman were bundled up against the rain and were fishing in huddles along the wharf area. […]

Spring is Coming! Spring is Coming!

Dear Casual Gardener, Is it SPRING YET? ARGH! Signed, Swooning for Spring – – – – – – – – – – – - WOW! (picture me hopping up and down) It’s actually almost, not quite, getting close, feeling a little warmer, snow is almost gone, oh my GOSH I think it’s coming – SPRING!!! […]

Gardening Nude Naked Winner of the Week: Austin Green Art – An Organization That Is Truly Making A Difference For the Environment and Their Community

On most Friday’s, my blog features a special person or organization for the day. This person or org is the “Naked Winner of the Week.” All people featured in this category are winners for doing great things for the community and trying to make a difference for the world. You can make a difference too. […]

The S-assy Tomato Saga

Moon Tomato 2008

Last year’s garden was a joy – I received several surprises in my garden. My favorite? The tomatoes. I have sassy tomatoes. Say it with me now – “SASSY tomatoes!” The Sassy Tomato Saga began with my concern over the environment and the food my family consumes. I mean, c’mon, would you eat bug killer? […]

A Jerry Lewis Memory – And A Reminder To All Gardeners To Take Care of Your Community

At the end of last fall, when it was time to close up the garden – I had an adventure. I gathered bulbs, gloves, shovel, bucket, and a rake together, balanced them delicately in my arms and headed out behind the fence to enjoy one last dig in the back garden. As I took one […]

Get Yo Green On Tuesday – Teach Children To Shop With the Brilliant, Amazing, and Beautiful “Reusable Bag”

Last week I wrote about my experience with Borders – that I was overjoyed about their new “no bag unless requested” policy. Why? Plastic bags are made from ethylene, a petroleum byproduct. In the United  States, approximately 12 million barrels of oil is used annually to make plastic bags that Americans consume. With the great […]

Monday Whazzup – Make A Difference With Paper Towels

When was the last time you thought about a paper towel? Three weeks ago? Never? Guess what? Paper still represents 40% of our nation’s landfill content according to Green Seal. With thousands of recycling programs going on in communities all across the United States and world, this is shocking to me – and it should […]

Pug in the Garden – Sunday Inspiration

Inspiration of spring this Sunday morning – a photo of my adorable dog, Harry the Pug in the garden. Here he is following me down one of my flagstone garden paths last June. Enjoy! Shawna Coronado says Get Healthy! Get Green! Get Community!

Gardening Nude Naked Winner of the Week: Organic Farmers – Janet Brown and Marty Jacobson – Co-founders of All Star Organic Farm

On most Friday’s, my blog features a special person or organization for the day. This person or org is the “Naked Winner of the Week.” All people featured in this category are winners for doing great things for the community and trying to make a difference for the world. You can make a difference too. […]

Flower of the Hour – Japanese Windflower – Anemone Robustissima

One of the most beautiful perennials in my garden captures the late summer air in it’s grasp and makes the beds smile. Really. As one of the hardiest Japanese Windflowers, the Anemone Robustissima – (tomentosa) is a wonderful plant, and quite easy to grow. One of the joys of the winter garden has been watching […]