- How does this garden grow? Answer: Illegally!
In last week's cover story
, Mick Dumke
and Ben Joravsky
tell a tale about the skunky investigation, arrest, and court case surrounding a local teacher and the grow house he operated on the south side of Chicago. The investigation began when a police sergeant spotted the teacher and an associate uploading equipment into their van, purchased from a store called the Brew and Grow, which sells tools and equipment for home beer making and hydroponic gardening. Well, with a story like this, it was pretty obvious to us what subject we would choose for this week's Variations on a Theme
. Why, botany, of course! After all, we already dedicated a week to the mighty herb
which just happened to be sprouting in the grow house.
In case you missed it, click here to read Olympian Week, where our fair-weather badminton and trampoline correspondents discussed all things having to do with the five-ringed, British-based summer sports.
And since it's botany week here on the Bleader, here's a list of local botanical gardens you can check out this week.
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, 7 AM-9 PM, free admission, parking is $20 per car, (847) 835-5440.
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave; 9 AM-5 PM, open until 8 PM on Wednesdays; free admission; (312) 746-5100.
Lincoln Park Conservatory
2391 N. Stockton Dr, 9 AM-5 PM, free admission, (773) 883-7275.
4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle; open 7 AM until sunset. Admission: $12, adults ages 18—64 (eight dollars Wednesdays); $11, Seniors ages 65+ (seven dollars Wednesdays); Nine dollars, youth ages 2—17 (six dollars Wednesdays). (630) 968-0074