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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
It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s a flash mob of garden writers!

Late last summer 420 garden writers from the U.S. and Canada assembled for their annual symposium and ended up dancing to Pharrell Williams’s “Happy” on the lawn in front of the University of Pittsburgh’s “cathedral of learning... Keep reading >>

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Photo By Ron Capek

The front yard of the Ogdon garden is a study in textures as turfgrass, boxwood hedges and dark green wintercreeper demonstrate how varying shades and shapes of green can create interest in a fundamentally shady site. The painted plaster statue of Uncle Sam, purchased at a Hinsdale antique shop, is a beloved family ornament that emerges each summer to stand on the front porch and greet passers-by.

Read more about this garden in the November/December issue.