A Sesquicentennial Spring

by Lisa Stamos

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Our annual home and garden issue will inspire the gardener or weekend warrior in you! This is the perfect year to get out the trowel and seed packets, and load up the car at local nurseries. It is Barrington’s birthday – all year – and what better time to get outside and beautify! For some, that means a few container pots out front. For others, like Peggy and Rick Judd, a few acres, a waterfall, a koi pond, and a small forest keep them busy all season long. See their gardening success story from last year’s endeavors in our beautiful cover feature article.

Not sure how to start your garden this year? No worries! Check out Master Gardener Sharon Cobb’s North Barrington vegetable garden and its tasty abundance. See what she has to offer for advice, and enjoy a few recipes, too. You can also get a head start on making your potting shed with insight from April Anderson’s “Open Spaces” article, which includes a handy checklist of the gardening supplies you’ll need.

Every home deserves a garden, and for the first time since 1898, Barrington’s White House (built by John Robertson, Jr.) is getting an entirely brand new garden in the months ahead. Planning includes a nod to both historic plant material choices and to modern sustainability practices. This newly renovated cultural and community center will be truly grand. Read about the gardening project and the ways you can get involved in our feature, “Gifts for the Garden”. Imagine sponsoring a tree that will be enjoyed by many future generations.

Barrington’s White House will be a destination for wedding dinners, rehearsals, and ceremonies in the years to come. And if the bride is you – add stop to your list for another historic Barrington property – a 1920s Sears “kit home” – just down Main Street at Lageschulte. Inside this charming “Martha Washington” model is Wedding Belles – a heartwarming experience for the thousands of brides who have shopped there over the past 26 years and counting. Meet the charming owners as we take you inside their lovely boutique with its endless array of wedding dresses.

In a year of all things history, we are so pleased to introduce Barbara Benson as our Quintessential Person. This is our way of honoring community members who have made their mark and done very well for the community. A native of Kent, England, Barbara knows more about Barrington and its history than many of us who grew up here! Meet her in the pages ahead.

We appreciate your notes and letters, and thank you for your loyalty to our magazine. We often hear how much you enjoy reading everything inside, including the beautiful ads. Our advertisers make this publication possible. Please keep them in mind when you go to market.

Barrington’s White House will be a destination for lovely wedding receptions, rehearsals, and ceremonies in the years to come. And if the bride is you – add a stop on your list for another historic Barrington property – a 1920s Sears “kit home” – just down Main Street at Lageschulte. Inside this charming “Martha Washington” model is Wedding Belles – a heartwarming shop and bridal experience for the thousands of women (and their family and friends) who have shopped here over the past 26 years and counting. Meet the charming owners as we take you inside their lovely boutique with its endless array of affordable wedding dresses for sale.

In a year of all things history, we are so pleased to introduce Barbara Benson as our Quintessential Person. This is our way of honoring community members who have made their mark and done very well in benefitting the community. A native of Kent, England, Barbara knows more about Barrington and its history than many of us who grew up here! Meet our charming honoree in the pages ahead.

We appreciate your notes and letters, and thank you for your loyalty to our magazine. We often hear about how much you enjoy reading everything inside, including the beautiful ads. Our advertisers make this publication possible. Please keep them in mind when you go to market.

Happy Birthday, and Happy Spring!

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Prairie Pointers for Planting

Barrington’s official flower is the Shooting Star (Dodecatheon meadia), sometimes referred to as “Prairie Pointers” as their blooms point toward the ground. This is one of the most beautiful spring wildflowers in the prairie. The Shooting Star is a perennial wildflower native to Barrington and much of North America, and is found in open woodlands, rocky slopes, meadows, and prairies. The 12”-18” plant has blue-green lance-shaped leaves arising from a rosette, and it blooms in late spring in part-shade to full-shade gardens. Shooting Stars prefers moist, well-drained, humus soil. Each of the five petals on a flower are flexed back and they bloom in clusters of 4-20 on each plant in white, pink, or violet. After blooming, the flowers and foliage die down in summer and can even survive drought conditions, once established. Although the plants have no scent, they are a favorite of many types of bees and butterflies for their pollen. This is a difficult plant to grow from seed, but easy to establish from transplants.

Buy local: You can buy Shooting Stars from Citizens for Conservation’s Native Plant Sale on May 2 and 3, 2015, starting at 10 a.m. Visit www.citizensforconservation.org to learn more.

To learn about interesting, hardy bulb flowers, see Alison Hoffman’s article on page 58.