By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Apr 19, 2001 at 5:13 AM

Shake off those winter blues. Spring has sprung, Milwaukee!

The ice has melted, and the buds are beginning to blossom. And with warmer weather comes gardening season.

One of the oldest hobbies around, gardening is a great way to become one with nature, as well as to teach kids of any age about the outdoors. It's an activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family or by yourself.

We've assembled our 2001 Spring Gardening Guide to get your green thumb back in shape. Whether it's a backyard garden you're looking to cultivate, or whether you'd prefer to visit Milwaukee's beautiful Boerner Botanical Gardens, we have all your buds covered.

Click on a link below for:

Peony primer: enjoying Boerner's earliest blossoms

Kids' garden activities engage the whole family

Harvest for the Hungry produces fresh opportunity to give

Searching for spring: kids' scavenger hunts

All you need to know about Gypsy Moths

Boerner to offer free, twice-weekly garden walks

Lied's Garden Walks

Questions about keeping your own garden in tip-top shape? Here are some FAQs, courtesy of Lied's:

FAQ about taking care of trees

Landscaping tips

FAQs about growing flowers and vegetables

FAQs about growing spring grass

Many thanks to the sponsor of the 2001 Spring Gardening Guide, Lied's. For more information about Lied's, visit their Web site.Good luck and happy planting!