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12 | April 12, 2018 | The glencoe anchor News glencoeanchor.com Plantsman shares approach to an easy-care garden with residents Hilary Anderson Freelance Reporter Knowing one’s plants means less work in the garden. That is among the messages Diblik renowned plantsman Roy Diblik gave to about 75 interested gardeners last Sunday, April 8, at the Glencoe Public Library. “By choosing plants that create a compatible community, you can have a lovely garden with 70 percent less effort,” said Diblik, co-owner of Northwind Perennial Farms in Burlington, Wis. and whose plant designs grace the Lurie Garden, Art Institute of Chicago and Shedd Aquarium among others. His latest project includes 16th Street Green corridor, which seeks to turn vacant lots in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood into productive farms. The event was co-sponsored by the Glencoe Public Library, Friends of the Green Bay Trail and the Village of Glencoe’s Sustainability Task Force. Diblik calls it his “16 Together” system, which reduces maintenance through designs using a combination of 16 native or regionally appropriate plants — all perennials. They are highly aesthetic, sustainable plant communities that grow well together. Diblik has been growing and designing perennial communities for about 40 years. “It is a fresh and innovative approach to an easy-care garden,” Diblik said. “Traditional gardening practices have given an undeserved reputation for being difficult and timeconsuming. Over the last 50 years, cultural practices have been applied indiscriminately to all types of plants and landscapes. The end result is that what was done routinely in most gardens has become less life-enhancing and more overwhelming for both the plants and the gardener.” He showed photos of perennial gardens and commented about the characteristics of plants — how to combine and determine the most compatible ones or those that are competitive and could possibly burn out each other. Knowing which ones grow horizontally or vertically is similarly important. Gardeners also need to know the growth rate of the plant — from the time it is put into the ground until it reaches maturity in a season and growth habit — how long it takes to reach maturity as an adult. “The goal is diversity in planting,” Diblik said. “What can I do to make the plants interact well with one another. If not, will they collide?” Diblik suggested creating a grid sheet listing perennials that work well together, those of particular colors, or ones to use for a particular design and how many to plant for each purpose. When winter comes, all the old growth is mowed down and left in place. He is totally opposed to the use of putting wood chips on the soil around plants. “We surround the plants with accumulated wood and it changes the oxygen, chemistry and moisture content of the soil. Doing this, you change the dynamics of the soil,” Diblik said. “Every flowering stem on a herbacious plant dies. When the plant pushes new growth sideways and that wood does not oxidize quickly, it can choke the plant to death. It also promotes agricultural weeds. The more organic matter you put into soil, the more weeds you are going to get. We over mulch and over water everything. Almost all these plants like lean, poor soil — only three to four percent organic matter.” Dublik added most people do not need as much turf as they have. He also decries the planting of commercial prairies, which has only about five species of plants in one and consequently not very colorful. “A mesic prairie has about 18-20 species and are very colorful,” Dublik said. He suggests the novice gardener choose a plot of land to use and go from there. “Start with a small plot of land about 100 square feet in size,” he said. “It is not the soil but the approach. How much time do you have? Are you doing it by yourself? Weeds are the best indicator that you can grow something in the soil. Start by picking and choosing your perennials. Do not be afraid to make a mistake.” Those who attended Diblik’s talk in Glencoe were happy they did. “This was an uplifting session,” Glencoe’s Beth Kelly said. “It made me feel good about what I can do in my yard with simple, native plants. Diblik is all about working with the environment. It is exciting to see someone who understands and how to work with them.” “I have been a natural gardener for a long time,” Northbrook’s Jame Lamb said. “Diblik works with nature effectively.” “This was very enlightening,” Chicago’s Ken Blanck said. “He gave me ideas about using some perennial ground cover that I never thought about before.” “I have been using Diblik’s process for about 13 years,” Glencoe’s Colleen Martin said. “You start small, keep adding perennials and the process keeps enhancing your garden.” neighbors From Page 10 Rumors of the new owners knocking down parts of the center and building condominiums have circulated throughout the community. “Nothing at this time is set in stone of what we’re going to do, but as I’ve told the existing tenants, our plan is to improve what’s there,” said Stacy Short, vice president and leasing director of RPAI’s Western Division. “We want to lease the spaces that are vacant and bring in additional businesses that will bring in extra traffic.” RPAI, based in Oak Brook, currently has 112 retail operating properties that total 20.3 million square feet. Opening in 1928, Plaza del Lago is one of the nation’s oldest shopping centers. Since 1971, the Moss family had owned the property when Joseph Moss purchased it. Moss, 90, died in March 2017. “We’re excited to own the asset,” Short said. “We want to make sure that people know we are here and local to the area.” Plaza del Lago, which features Spanish-style architecture, consists of retail and office space. The center is anchored by several national tenants, including Jewel, CVS, Starbucks and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Plaza del Lago also offers 15 second-story residential apartments. Ninetyone percent of the property is leased. Reporting by Eric De- Grechie, Managing Editor. Full story at WilmetteBeacon.com. THE HIGHLAND PARK LANDMARK Highland Park Toys R Us has six prospective buyers The toy wonderland may be closing, as the company announced all stores will close, but the Highland Park location likely won’t remain vacant for long. USA Today reported that the location has six prospective buyers. Amerco Real Estate, Blue Water Capital, BRFI, Festival Development, HP Retail Division Capital and Pacifica Companies are all in the bidding to buy the space at 1610 Deerfield Road, Highland Park. The company announced in January it would close or consolidate 182 of its underperforming stores, but then announced in March all of its stores would close. “Toys“R”Us, Inc. today announced that it has filed a motion seeking Bankruptcy Court approval to begin the process of conducting an orderly winddown of its U.S. business and liquidation of inventory in all 735 of the Company’s U.S. stores, including stores in Puerto Rico,” a press release from the company read. “Toys“R”Us will provide more details about the plans for the liquidation of its U.S. stores and going out of business sales in the near term.” The company is seeking options for its international stores in Asia and Central Europe. Stores in the international markets are still open and serving customers. “I am very disappointed with the result, but we no longer have the financial support to continue the Company’s U.S. operations. We are therefore implementing an orderly process to shutter our U.S. operations and will pursue going concern sales or reorganizations of certain of our international businesses, while our other international businesses consider their options,” Chief Executive Officer Dave Brandon said in the release. Reporting by Xavier Ward, Contributing Editor. Full story at HPLandmark.com.
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