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  • We're all ears: Alocasia brings tropical largess to the garden

    We're all ears: Alocasia brings tropical largess to the garden
    Big, bold and unabashedly tropical, Alocasia, also known as Elephant's Ear, isn't for the timid or traditional. But if you're in the market for a horticultural flourish, it's hard to beat the oversize heart-shaped leaves in shades of purple, black-green,...
  • Sharing plants, safely

    Many plants are easy to share -- maybe too easy. A friend may have mint, lily-of-the-valley or violets to spare because they are aggressive spreaders. Such plants can cause headaches and backaches unless you place them where they can't crowd out...
  • Plant by numbers

    Every fall we wade through drifts of colorful leaves? But do we know which trees provided the fall art and ambience? Here's a guide to some of the fall beauties most often found on Chicago sidewalks, along with information on growing the trees and...
  • Yes, you can make a garden

    You've got most of the boxes unpacked and the bedrooms painted. The new house is starting to feel like it's yours. But what about the yard? Is it foreign territory? Maybe you're moving from a downtown high-rise and you've never had a blade of grass to...
  • Beauty and the plastic beast

    Beauty and the plastic beast
    In the garage, shed or basement of nearly every gardener, you will find stacks of plastic pots. Then there are mulch bags, pesticide and fertilizer bottles, flat trays from six-packs of annuals. We think of our gardening as greening the world, but it...
  • May's iffy weather makes it the month of maybe

    May's iffy weather makes it the month of maybe
    Scott Franzen does not trust the month of May — which also might be called the month of maybe. In more temperate climates, the suburban painter could count on beginning his exterior work this time of year. But May in Chicago can be the mercurial...
  • Putting tulips to bed

    Putting tulips to bed
    Q: What do I do with the tulips after they bloom? — John Polacek, Evergreen Park A: First, remove the spent flowers when the tulips are finished blooming; this will keep the tulips' energy focused on producing next year's flowers instead of seeds....
  • October 26 - 30

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  • Crowning glory: Denise Ruch's Villa Park garden, the 2003 Glorious Gardens Overall Winner

    Crowning glory: Denise Ruch's Villa Park garden, the 2003 Glorious Gardens Overall Winner
    Anyone gardening in the Midwest has to be gutsy, a glutton for punishment -- or both. We're not like those gardeners in Oregon and Washington. You know the ones, pictured on the glossy spreads of just about every gardening magazine where they show off...
  • Man's Overgrown Yard Gets Mowed By Village

    (WGN-AM)- Michael Mazo enjoyed the insects and other animals that flitted about in the two-foot-tall grass on the back lawn of his Buffalo Grove town house. The Russian immigrant said he also regarded the lush greenery as evidence of the personal freedom...
  • Denise Corkery

    Denise Corkery is a senior writer at the Chicago Botanic Garden, where she writes a weekly column for the Chicago Tribune House & Homes section, weekly gardening tips for WBBM-AM radio, and a monthly column in the Garden's e-newsletter. She also edits and...
  • English inspiration in suburban Riverside: The 2004 Overall Winner

    English inspiration in suburban Riverside: The 2004 Overall Winner
    It's been a peculiar summer -- too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry -- too weird. But that didn't stop avid gardeners from primping, prepping and photographing their beds, borders, containers, rooftops, balconies and window boxes for our Glorious...