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winter solstice, 2011

photo by: EclecticBlogsWhat: Winter Solstice
When: December 21, 2011 at 11:30pm CST

Thankfully the winter doldrums are about to ease as today’s solstice marks the shortest day of the year. Cue the sun!


spring flower show, 2011

Towards the end of January, the days are getting longer but it still feels like winter will never end—and when its sunny in Chicago, that means its especially cold.

Which makes it the perfect time to visit the Garfield Park Conservatory for some humidity to soothe chapped lips, to bask in the sunlight for some vitamin D, and to visually feast on colorful spring blossoms for a nature fix.

Once inside, the beauty of nature creates a picture perfect view from any angle. The Victorian architecture of the conservatory is not only piece of local history, the ‘oversized greenhouse’ is inspiring to recreate on a small scale as a terrarium in glass cylinder vases. Search out your favorites plants, check their viability in a terrarium, and get your hands in the dirt. Once complete, these mini ecosystems are virtually carefree.

If you don’t have a green thumb, how about photography? The Spring Flower Show starts this weekend so consider investing an afternoon there. Get recharged and come home with some vibrant images that can be artfully cropped and frame favorites to display in your office or home.


winter solstice, 2010

photo courtesy of: Eclectic BlogsWhat: Winter Solstice
When: December 21, 2010 at 6:38pm EST

Thankfully the winter doldrums are about to ease—and more doses of healthful vitamin D are on their way. Get outside for some cross-country skiing or a walk around the block to soak them in.