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Winter Survival Strategy

January can be a difficult time—it falls right after the holiday hangover and in the heart of winter. Much of us caught cabin fever extra early this early, thanks to back-to-back winter storms and a polar vortex, but it’s important that we stay rejuvenated and refreshed. Here are some of our favorite ways:

Garden Prep

Just because your garden’s asleep doesn’t mean you have to be! Catch up on magazines and seed catalogs; start a journal about your past gardens and the plans to come; collect inspirational ideas on Pinterest; or clean and sharpen your tools. Come spring, you’ll be all ready to hit the ground running!


Bring the Green Indoors

Grab the family and make fun terrariums, or find new ways to pot and present your succulents. Even just grabbing a bouquet of fresh flowers for the dinner table can help beat those winter blues. Be careful not to over-water your houseplants though—that’s their primary cause of death.


Seek Out an Oasis

Bundle up and head to one of Chicago’s many year-round conservatories or gardens. The Garfield Park Conservatory and Lincoln Park Conservatory will briefly trick your body into thinking it’s warm again, and the Chicago Botanic Garden is just as beautiful in the winter—and just celebrated its most popular year yet!


Get Crafty

When you’re cooped up indoors, it’s important to let your creative juices flow. Create DIY rain barrels, pottery or garden stakes…really do-it-yourself anything is fair game.



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