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The solution is in the design! What you plant and where you plant it are the answer to why you are planting it. Too much shade? Too much water? There’s a design for that.

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The Charmed Garden shares the love of gardening and designing gardens by siblings Laurine & Mae Byrne. Nature is a part of all of us and having a garden of any size connects us to the green side of us, and to each other.

We share the designs created and how to do the same in your own patch of green. Here you can find techniques, tips, and inspiration to create the garden that is all you, whether it’s a front yard, back yard, veggie garden or container garden.

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Featured Posts

Almost Homemade Gluten Free Blueberry Lemon Muffins

Easy recipe for Gluten Free Blueberry Lemon muffins using a pre-mixed flour blend.

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Spring Brings a Bounty of Beautiful Blooming Bulbs

Spring blooming bulbs are beautiful and very easy to plant.

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Zucchini Cherry Walnut Muffins made with Gluten Free Flour

A recipe for gluten free zucchini cherry muffins with the added twist of lemon and walnuts. A moist, slightly sweet, richly textured treat for any time of the day.

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22nd Sep, 2021

Roasted Orange Tomato Soup with Thai Basil

Roasted tomato basil soup with a twist, using orange Roma Tomatoes and Purple Thai Basil. Read More

20th Jun, 2021

Gardening with Herbs

Herbs in the garden are magical to me. They certainly give more than they take because they’re so very easy to grow. They attract pollinators, which increases the bounty in your veggie garden. Their aromas… Read More

22nd Oct, 2019

The Big Beautiful Beet

Beets are beautiful and delicious. Roast your beets with your herbs for a spectacular salad. Read More

4th Aug, 2019

Plentiful Pollinators

I designed our Community Garden pollinator beds. Take a look and see what plants you might be able to include in your garden beds this Spring. Read More

24th Jan, 2019

The Winter Garden

Winter is a great time to take a visual inventory of your garden. Read More

15th Nov, 2018

Recipe for Apple, Carrot and Coconut Soup

A vegan soup recipe even meat eaters will like, just in time for your Thanksgiving Table. Read More

7th Nov, 2018

Slow Cooker Applesauce from the Windy City

Easy as it is delicious. This is a simple recipe for homemade applesauce that will become a favorite sugar free treat whether for yourself, for baking, or for giving. Read More

23rd Sep, 2018

Soup, There it is!

Minestrone is a slightly sweet, mellow, tomato rich soup that even people who say they hate vegetables will like. Really. Read More

25th Jul, 2018

Summer Break in a Shakespeare Garden

A garden filled with native wildflowers and bushes is the perfect spot to watch the Moraine Valley Community College Theater perform Shakespeare or to just find your happy place. Read More

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Almost Homemade Gluten Free Blueberry Lemon Muffins

Easy recipe for Gluten Free Blueberry Lemon muffins using a pre-mixed flour blend.

READ MORE →

Zucchini Cherry Walnut Muffins made with Gluten Free Flour

A recipe for gluten free zucchini cherry muffins with the added twist of lemon and walnuts. A moist, slightly sweet, richly textured treat for any time of the day.

READ MORE →

Roasted Orange Tomato Soup with Thai Basil

Roasted tomato basil soup with a twist, using orange Roma Tomatoes and Purple Thai Basil.

READ MORE →

22nd Oct, 2019

The Big Beautiful Beet

Beets are beautiful and delicious. Roast your beets with your herbs for a spectacular salad. Read More

15th Nov, 2018

Recipe for Apple, Carrot and Coconut Soup

A vegan soup recipe even meat eaters will like, just in time for your Thanksgiving Table. Read More

7th Nov, 2018

Slow Cooker Applesauce from the Windy City

Easy as it is delicious. This is a simple recipe for homemade applesauce that will become a favorite sugar free treat whether for yourself, for baking, or for giving. Read More

23rd Sep, 2018

Soup, There it is!

Minestrone is a slightly sweet, mellow, tomato rich soup that even people who say they hate vegetables will like. Really. Read More

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Spring Brings a Bounty of Beautiful Blooming Bulbs

Spring blooming bulbs are beautiful and very easy to plant.

READ MORE →

4th Aug, 2019

Plentiful Pollinators

I designed our Community Garden pollinator beds. Take a look and see what plants you might be able to include in your garden beds this Spring. Read More

25th Jul, 2018

Summer Break in a Shakespeare Garden

A garden filled with native wildflowers and bushes is the perfect spot to watch the Moraine Valley Community College Theater perform Shakespeare or to just find your happy place. Read More

12th Jan, 2018

Winter Break

Trees can be beautiful garden inspiration in the doldrums of the winter. Read More

31st Oct, 2017

For Garden Inspiration, Think Big!!

Fall is a beautiful time of year. If you have a vegetable garden, you’re pretty much done with the harvest, unless you’re the one with the cold frame.  If you’re a flower gardener, you’re also… Read More

27th Jul, 2017

Design inspiration in a Mid-Summer Night’s Shakespeare Garden

Small Shakespeare Garden uses simple design techniques to create a beautiful walk and a relaxing space. Read More

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Plentiful Pollinators

I designed our Community Garden pollinator beds. Take a look and see what plants you might be able to include in your garden beds this Spring.

READ MORE →

The Winter Garden

Winter is a great time to take a visual inventory of your garden.

READ MORE →

16th May, 2018

Front Yard Garden Design

Solve the problem of a soggy garden with the perfect design. Read More

5th Apr, 2018

The Dreaded Spring Freeze

Planning ahead helps keep your garden view bright through a chilly spring. Read More

19th Feb, 2018

Winter Beauty

No matter the size of your yard, you can have a beautiful, easy to care for, colorful trees and bushes. Read More

19th Nov, 2017

Good Garden Feels All Year Round

A well planned garden will bring happiness all year round. Read More

31st Oct, 2017

For Garden Inspiration, Think Big!!

Fall is a beautiful time of year. If you have a vegetable garden, you’re pretty much done with the harvest, unless you’re the one with the cold frame.  If you’re a flower gardener, you’re also… Read More

9th Oct, 2017

Brilliant Fall Colors are Not Just in the Trees

How to Add Fall Color in your Perennial Garden Read More

10th Jul, 2017

Mid-Summer in the Garden

Time to think about design to connect your veggie garden to the rest of your yard. Read More

7th Mar, 2017

Small Garden Design Inspiration

Who says you can’t garden surrounded by cement? Check out this small garden design for inspiration. Read More

14th Nov, 2016

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Recipes

Featured Recipe

Soup, There it is!

Almost Homemade Gluten Free Blueberry Lemon Muffins

Recipe for almost homemade Gluten Free blueberry lemon muffins This… Read More

Roasted Orange Tomato Soup with Thai Basil

Orange Romas plusThai Basil equalsa Garden Bounty for a delicious… Read More

The Big Beautiful Beet

Ruby Red Beets fresh from our Garden Beets add brilliant… Read More

Recipe for Apple, Carrot and Coconut Soup

The last of the last Farmers Market near us was… Read More

Slow Cooker Applesauce from the Windy City

Mother Nature has taken her time, but the cold has… Read More

Some Assembly (and Patience) Required

The past few weeks here in Oak Lawn, a south… Read More

Soup’s On

Last week snow, this week rain.  So much rain that… Read More

It’s Better than Chicken Noodle Soup

Hello Everyone – Well we caught it. All but one… Read More

Your Favorite Skillet Hash

Holidays are over and the feasting has turned to fasting. … Read More

Homemade Holiday Cheer

Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Brownies Hey Gardeners… Read More

Quick Easy Savory Sweet Potatoes

It’s flat out winter here. So we’re cooking more and… Read More

Zen In the Kitchen

Here in Oak Lawn, the weather is cool (no snow… Read More

Roast ’em if You Got ’em

Over the last week I’ve harvested the last of the… Read More

Chili – ‘Nuf Said

It’s a beautiful fall day, not a cloud in the… Read More

Rosemary’s Sweet Side

Hello Everyone I’m delivering on my promise for a recipe… Read More

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