Those of us who live in or very near downtown Chicago often are not engaged in gardening (yes, I'll have petunias on my balcony later), but we can still see a touch of color in the early spring, courtesy of the Old Town Gardens garden center a half-block north of my condo building. When Old Town Gardens opens sometime in April, I know that spring has come to Chicago.
The flower boxes outside the many outdoor cafes on the block are beginning to appear, too. By June, we'll be surrounded by flowers, and as long as someone else does the hard work , I love them!
Copyright 2007 by Marlys Marshall Styne