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September/October 2014

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Mike Nowak
Mike Nowak, the magazine's irreverent columnist, has joined forces with WCPT-AM. Hear "The Mike Nowak Show" from 8am to 10am. each Sunday on the station, 820-AM. Read his column from our current issue.

From The Editor
The surprise is that there have been so few surprises. But maybe that’s just what happens when you plant a 5-acre “stylized prairie” in downtown Chicago and half of the species selected are Midwestern natives. Even when the world-renowned plantsman making the choices was from Holland and had never seen a real honest-to-gosh prairie until he came to America several years ago... Keep reading >>

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Photo By June Finnegan
The Finnegans’ front yard has no lawn but is instead filled with flowering plants that are attractive to a wide variety of butterflies, bees and other valuable pollinators. Pink echinacea, red monarda and yellow heliopsis make the garden especially colorful in midsummer.

Read more about attracking butterflies in the September/October issue.