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A Shade Garden in Riverwoods, IL

This home, designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, sits snugly in a wooded lot and was featured in an issue of Midwest Home Chicago Magazine, Spring 2006, written by Paticia Terry.

The magazine photos were by Carol Freeman. Some of her work can be found at

This house was also featured in the "Mid-Century Riverwoods Architectural Tour -- houses in harmony with nature" in 2005.

Before we cleared the Buckthorn from these woods you could not see into it more than two feet. It now abounds with wildlife. A mother Red Fox had eleven kits (fox babies). Their playful antics brought the owners much pleasure and enjoyment.

The owner designed and added this rock pile feature.

The owner enjoying his new landscape.

Behind the owner is a giant chess set with viewing stands which he designed.

Toby and Hans are great friends.

These woods were formerly a buckthorn desert.

The buckthorn had to be cleared out and the ecosystem restored.

There are now lots of places to sit and relax in the cool shade of the Oaks.

There is even a Sculpture Garden here.

Toby sniffing a Goatsbeard, Aruncus dioicus, one of the few woodland plants that flower in the Summer. Eventually this plant could get very tall and large.

Cup Plant, Silphium perfoliatum, can get very weedy and overgrown in the sun, but stays well behaved in the woods.

The rock garden was planted very sparcely with ferns and other moisture loving plants.

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