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Preserve getting makeover along with Valplayso

Preserve getting makeover along with Valplayso

VALPARAISO | The sign at the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Roosevelt Road says it's a nature preserve and wildlife area, but lately it's mostly been home to chain saws and trucks.

October 09, 2014 12:05 am

Valpo gets $5,000 grant to replace ash trees

VALPARAISO | The city's battle with the emerald ash borer beetle goes on, but it got some reinforcements recently in the form of a $5,000 grant from the Alliance for Community Trees to pay for replacement trees.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am

Transplanted roundabout tree barely survived

VALPARAISO | It might have been a merry Christmas, but it has not been a happy new year for the spruce planted in the middle of the five-points roundabout in November.

April 20, 2014 6:42 pm
Proposal to replant spruce at Valpo roundabout taking root

Proposal to replant spruce at Valpo roundabout taking root

VALPARAISO | A former downtown holiday tree is about to be given the holiday touch again.

October 12, 2013 6:38 pm

Naturepalooza planned Saturday at Valpo park

VALPARAISO | Naturepalooza, the annual Living with Lakes seminar, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Big Wheel pavilion at Rogers Lakewood Park.

June 19, 2013 7:10 pm

Restoration project helps Valpo park go native

VALPARAISO | Rogers Lakewood Park might qualify for a guest shot on one of those "ultimate makeover" reality shows as the parks staff tries to convert it from that carefree look to something more native.

January 27, 2013 5:45 pm
Valpo parks controls pests with nature's air force

Valpo parks controls pests with nature's air force

VALPARAISO | The city's parks have started an affordable housing program for birds and bats.

December 24, 2012 12:00 am

Landscaping contract for Silhavy roundabout approved

VALPARAISO | City parks officials will get another roundabout landscaping project to look after, but they also will get equipment that should make it easier to tend to all the department's flowers and trees.

August 09, 2012 6:59 pm
Valparaiso community garden was almost a no-grow

Valparaiso community garden was almost a no-grow

VALPARAISO | It was beginning to look like someone put a curse on the city's effort to start community gardens to grow vegetables for needy families.

July 11, 2012 7:15 pm
PHIL WIELAND: Curing a case of the (monarch) butterflies

PHIL WIELAND: Curing a case of the (monarch) butterflies

Sometimes you've just got to stop and smell the butterflies.

September 23, 2011 12:00 am

Wet weather slowing gardening efforts

VALPARAISO | The ground is tilled and the gardeners are ready and eager in Valparaiso. Now all they need is dry weather.

April 26, 2011 9:21 pm

Valpo getting ready for bumper crop of blossoms

VALPARAISO | It's the first day of spring and as the last remnants of the February blizzard melt away, the city should be a blizzard of blossoms and bursting buds.

March 20, 2011 12:00 am
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