| Aug 25, 2014
| 9:36 AM
At first glance, the wooden cart laden with an artfully displayed bounty of heirloom tomatoes at the Chicago Botanic Garden resembles a still life collection awaiting the brush of a Dutch master.
But for the legions of heirloom tomato aficionados who...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 8:28 AM
Farmers markets in the city and suburbs are evolving into community markets reflecting the neighborhoods they represent and featuring not only fresh fruits and vegetables but artisan prepared foods and arts and crafts.
"We realized the markets were...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 2:51 PM
It isn't easy to find all of the serene nooks and calming crannies at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Some of the paths at the park seem perfectly content to go only one way. At least a couple of the themed gardens are best reached by walking through...
| Aug 17, 2014
| 6:43 PM
Q: A friend told me that a grass with white variegation in my garden is ribbon grass and that I should remove it since it is considered an invasive plant. The plant that I have is spreading, but not at an alarming rate yet. I like the color that it adds...
| Aug 17, 2014
Rhythm and art
Art and music will be front and center at the 13th annual Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest in Rogers Park. Browse the creative offerings of more than 100 artists while enjoying performances by musical acts School of Rock Lakeview (3 p.m.) and...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 1:36 PM
Q: All summer, my rhododendrons lose leaves. New leaves form, but others turn brown and fall off. Is there anything that I can do?
— Jeff Schmidt, Chicago
A: Evergreen rhododendrons drop leaves periodically, though not typically all summer long....
| Aug 5, 2014
| 10:58 AM
With August come the dog days of summer and all too soon, the cool breezes of fall.
But there's still plenty to do to make the best of the long, warm days.
Farmyard at Lambs Farm — Libertyville
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Farmyard at...
| Aug 3, 2014
Soaring kites will dance in the summer sky at this year's Kite Festival at the Chicago Botanic Garden on Saturday and Aug. 10.
Visitors can watch expert teams fly their kites in precision-choreographed routines set to music.
"It's sort of like the...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 9:22 AM
Q: My purple-leaf plum tree has black swollen sections on some of its branches. What is this and what can I do for my tree?
— Brian Maloney, Waukegan
A: From your description, it sounds like a widespread fungal disease called black knot that...
| Jul 21, 2014
Nearly every day in the last years of his life, Casimir Paugys drove to Thatcher Woods Forest Preserve in River Forest, sat in his car, read the paper and enjoyed the placid pond and nature center there.
He often remarked on his visits when talking to...
| Jul 16, 2014
In a small garden in the South Side's Washington Park neighborhood — blocks from a site proposed for the Obama presidential library — 18-year-old A.J. Jones has found solace tending organic leeks, asparagus and dinosaur kale.
"I used to...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 2:12 PM
Visitors this summer to the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library might be surprised to discover corn, broccoli and heirloom tomatoes sprouting just outside the library's entrance.
Stephanie Girardi, a longtime circulation clerk and supervisor at the...