Shows & Events
Mid-America Bonsai Society Show and Sale
Presented by the Midwest Bonsai Society, this show at the Chicago Botanic Garden draws visitors from across the United States and is often regarded as one of the top three shows of its kind in the country. On August 16, from noon to 5 pm, and August 17, from 9 am to 5 pm, you can enjoy a display of 200 bonsai trees judged by guest master Bjorn Bjorholm. Shop more than a dozen vendors for bonsai trees and supplies. Free demonstrations and lectures will be available. Also, workshops will be held throughout the weekend for bonsai enthusiasts of all skill levels. Visit www.midwestbonsai.org for more information on workshops. For more information on the show, go to http://www.chicagobotanic.org/ or call 847-835-5440.
Favorite or New Plant
With repeated hot and dry summers, our desire to add more drought-tolerant plants to the gardens increases. Prairie plants, which so often have deep tap roots, will be among those that come to the fore. One of the most dramatic of our native plants is prairie rosinweed or prairie dock, Silphium terebinthinaceum, with the one common name referring to the aromatic stem resins. The plants form a clump of huge oval to heart-shaped, dark green leaves to 2 feet long. In midsummer, thin flower stalks rise to 8 feet, topped by 3-inch wide yellow, daisy-like flowers, with the seed heads attracting birds, especially goldfinches. There are no serious insect or disease problems with prairie rosinweed, but you must be patient as the plants are slow to establish, sometimes taking two or three years to begin flowering.