Deb Quantock McCarey is an Illinois Press Association (IPA) award-winning freelance writer who has worked with Wednesday Journal Inc. since 1995, writing features and special sections for all its publications. An avid urban gardener and growing naturalist, she is also a local "green" advocate and community volunteer. As a WJ gardening blogger, Deb is also the host of Deb's Big Backyard, which runs on oakpark.com and airs on Oak Park public cable, Channel 6.
I have never been part of the "pope paparazzi," but at a "telly's" distance, watching the midnight mass from the Vatican on Christmas Eve, and often vicariously through my Catholic-leaning spouse and oldest son, I am a fan.
After seeing the ebb and flow of seasonal rains delay the debut of the Elsie Jacobsen Discovery Garden, it will open at 10 a.m. on Sept. 12. The new, interactive horticultural learning space is located on the east side of the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St.