Nooks & Crannies, Holiday Edition

Check out these unusual and inventive stores around our area.

For a Colorful Yard, Fixate on Fall Foliage

Sure, fall is a great time to witness vibrant colors in your yard, but it’s also a great time to plant flowers and shrubs that look great in any season. Discover a few plants that just plain love fall weather.






Make Your Home Look Superb from the Curb

Is your home ready for a refreshed look? Whether it’s lacking character or ready to sell, your home can benefit from some simple improvements. Here are just a ways places to get started.






Arvidson Pools & Spas

3209 S. Route 31, Crystal Lake, Ill.
(815) 459-0660
2222 Rand Road, Palatine, Ill.
(847) 359-4490
1880 Lincoln Hwy., St. Charles, Ill.
(630) 377-2655






Success Story: The Gardens of Woodstock

Discover a garden center that’s also a beautiful landscape display and a popular venue for social gatherings, and discover how one good idea begot another.






Steel Heart Ltd.

Home and garden products
208 W. Front St., Harvard, Ill.
(815) 943-3465
www.steelheartlimited.com






Success Story: Platt Hill Nursery

Meet a fourth-generation grower who’s spent 30 years building a knowledgeable staff, pleasing loyal gardeners with quality plants. And to think he almost went to Wall Street …






Events at a Glance: Mind & Spirit Calendar

There are so many fun events in our region! Here’s a collection of many events that are guaranteed to nurture the mind and spirit.






Northwest Quiz

‘Tis the season for colorful gardens. Can you match the pictures of these greenhouse favorites with their names?






Success Story: Whispering Hills Garden & Landscape Center

Al Anderson wanted a better selection of nursery plants. He got just that, and he’s expanded his business to include a wide variety of landscaping needs.