| 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 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 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...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 9:10 AM
Click on the image above to view an interactive map of suburban farmers markets.
French Market in Winnetka
4-8:30 p.m., June 11, 18, 25; July 9, 16, 23, 30, Hubbard Woods Park, 939 Green Bay Road at Gage Street.
7 a.m.-1 p....
| 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...
| Jul 29, 2014
Soon after Toni Dewey became the first female corporate vice president of Motorola in the mid-1970s, she and other executives received a memo from the boss that began with the word "Gentlemen."
According to longtime friend and two-time Pulitzer Prize-...
| Jul 6, 2014
Botanic art fair
Absorb the beauty of the Chicago Botanic Garden while shopping for botanic-themed art, ceramics, jewelry and photography by more than 100 juried artists. Kids can create their own masterpieces in the family activity tent. 10 a.m. to 5...