| Feb 12, 2014
| 2:45 PM
It's not the Fakahatchee swamp, exactly, inside the Chicago Botanic Garden public greenhouse building known as the Regenstein Center.
The Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park (officially), in southwest Florida, borrows an Indian name for a body of...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 8:31 AM
In the weeks after her mother's death, Gloria Ciaccio was steeped in grief. Numb and shocked, Ciaccio cried a lot, fought the urge to call her late mom on the phone, and felt like doing absolutely nothing.
But though overwhelmingly sad, Ciaccio was...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 12:03 PM
More than a million people visited the Chicago Botanic Garden this year, setting a record at the 41-year-old sprawling garden in Glencoe.
Attendance at one of the Chicago area's leading tourist attactions has steadily increased in recent years.
| Jan 27, 2014
| 3:36 PM
Betsy and Bob Sharp were living in Glencoe when the first bulldozers began clearing and shaping the sprawling tract that would open in 1972 as the Chicago Botanic Garden at the southeast juncture of Lake Cook Road and the Eden Expressway.
"We used to...
| 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’...
| Dec 10, 2013
It's 2 degrees outside, and just the thought of wrestling into 17 layers of wool -- plus parka --
saps your will to live.
But you've seen every episode of "Boardwalk Empire"(twice), your rations of last week's chili are depleted and restless leg...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 5:51 PM
On the surface, Richard Hyerczyk doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who’d threaten to kill cops and burn the mayor’s house down.
A draftsman for a suburban machinery company, Hyerczyk is also an avid naturalist with a master’s...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 4:07 PM
Cook County Forest Preserve District leaders on Friday unveiled sweeping plans to overhaul the sprawling system, an ambitious program to restore 30,000 acres to a pristine state, buy more land and draw thousands of new people to the natural areas.
| Aug 29, 2013
We bought a 2-foot dwarf Alberta spruce this spring. It was doing┐great. Then all of a sudden it started losing needles. We did everything we were told to do. What do you think is causing this problem? ┐--Bob Alt┐┐
Your question does not have enough...
| Sep 10, 2013
As fall rolls around, a gardener's thoughts turn to pumpkins, not outdoor domestic drudgery, but just a little laboring now before you stow the shovel and trowel can make for a better garden experience next spring. Here's how a few very busy garden...
| Sep 10, 2013
My wife and I recently bought a 20-year-old home. We have a pine tree in our backyard, though I am not sure what kind of pine tree it is. Many of the tree's needles are turning brown and falling off. Some fall off with just a slight breeze, and others...
| Sep 17, 2013
I have a number of bushes around my new house. The lower branches had died on most of them, probably due to inadequate watering; the house was vacant for some time before I moved in. I did prune many of the dead branches, though some remain. Is there...