| Dec 6, 2013
Q: I have a peace lily that has the edges of the leaves turning brown. Can you tell me what to do about this? It is blooming and doing well otherwise.
— Marcia Anderson
A: Spathiphyllum, or peace lily, is an evergreen tropical plant, native to the...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 4:34 PM
Officials in north suburban Glencoe urged residents to exercise caution a day after a horticulturist for the Chicago Botanic Garden reported seeing a big cat that could have been a cougar running into a wooded area.
Botanic Garden and public safety...
| Dec 5, 2013
Officials in Glencoe urged residents to exercise caution a day after a horticulturist for the Chicago Botanic Garden reported seeing a big cat run into a wooded area.
Botanic Garden and public safety officers spent a few hours scouring the area for signs...
| Nov 29, 2013
Forget about Black Friday and Even Blacker Thursday. If you want a shopping experience with educational appeal that also gives you a feel-good glow, make the gift shops at museums and other cultural institutions a destination this season. In addition to...
| Nov 21, 2013
After a consistently rainy October and November, foresters across the north suburbs are cautiously optimistic that trees will continue recovering this winter from two years of dry conditions, and will flourish in the spring.
The summer of 2012, one of...
| Oct 30, 2013
The frost is settling in, a signal that it's time to stow your shovels, trowels, rakes and other gardening hand tools. Spend a few minutes maintaining them now, and they should serve you well for many more growing seasons.
"We still have some rakes...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 7:00 AM
When he was young, John Rivera used to think Santa Claus took up permanent residence in downtown Chicago, not at the North Pole.
“That’s what it felt like,” says Rivera, 47. “I’d see Santa on TV and at Marshall Field’...
| Nov 10, 2013
Stirring strings: "OpenICE: Hushed Tones," a concert by the International Contemporary Ensemble, explores the characters and styles of the violin, viola and cello. Hear works by J.S. Bach, Eva-Maria Houben, Tom Johnson, Anton Webern and others. 3 p.m....
| Oct 31, 2013
| 5:20 AM
Lovers of fall color might want to relax and kick back this year. The trees are in no hurry to turn, letting us experience what experts call "a protracted fall."
"During some falls we get multiple species all in color at the same time, but this year...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 6:48 AM
The connection between Colorado wildfires and an idyllic Chicago nature haven isn't immediately apparent.
But the Chicago Botanic Garden (1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe; chicagobotanic.org) is about more than a Japanese island garden or a bevy of...
| Oct 10, 2013
Halloween is hard enough, what with figuring out your own costume, helping the kids choose theirs and trying not to snack on the industrial-size bag of Kit-Kats you've convinced yourself is necessary, despite your house's location on a side street, off...
| Oct 22, 2013
I have mounded, spreading junipers in my front landscaping. Last year they started getting brown spots. I cut them out, assuming new growth would fill in. This year the brown area is spreading. Are they dying? Is this a fungus?
— Carolyn Minehart...