| Jun 20, 2014
| 11:06 AM
Q: I have a very aggressive plant that is spreading in my shaded garden. A friend thought it might be goutweed. How big of a problem might this plant be in the future, and what should I do about it?
— Amy Jackson, Wilmette
| Jul 18, 2014
By Erinn Hutkin
Sharon Nejman can trace her path to a career in horticulture back to her teen years, when she started with one small plant that matured into a large specimen.
She said it gave her joy to watch the plant grow, and she was hooked.
| 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...
| Jun 27, 2014
Q: I am new to container gardening and would like a suggestion on what soil mix to use in my containers to grow flowers. Any other advice on containers also would be appreciated.
— Marsha Jackson, Highwood
A: It is best to use a commercial...
| 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 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...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 12:29 PM
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association announced at its board meeting Thursday afternoon that two Chicago philanthropic institutions, the Zell Family Foundation and the Negaunee Foundation, have given the parent body of the Chicago Symphony...
| May 24, 2014
Bicycling enthusiasts in Highland Park can look forward to trail and sidewalk improvements this summer, as the city continues working on its 18-year plan to improve biking and walking paths.
Eventually, Highland Park is hoping to be considered a...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 10:18 AM
No one had to pull out their Sibley Guide to Birds on this morning’s walk through Ryerson Woods in Lake County.
Their guide was right in front of them - David Allen Sibley, ambling along the trail with his spotting scope over his shoulder and...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 12:37 PM
Spring has finally sprung for Chicago Botanic Garden. Its seasonal kick-off event, the 14th Annual Antiques & Garden Fair, takes place Friday through Sunday, with a preview evening scheduled for Thursday.
Patrons can expect plenty of new additions to...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 2:41 PM
The hops that Shedd Aquarium grows cannot claim pride of place.
To reach them, these days, you walk around a chain-link construction enclosure, duck beneath branches in a landscaped area and scramble up onto a low ledge of the aquarium's building.