| 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...
| Feb 22, 2014
| 8:44 PM
Oakton Community College President Margaret Lee has spent the last 30 years building bridges for students. Now the time has come for her to cross her own bridge into retirement.
"It's a rare privilege to be at a place for 30 years and get up in the...
| 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...
| Oct 30, 2013
The frost is settling in, a signal that it's time to stow your shovels, trowels, rakes and other gardening hand tools. Spend a few minutes maintaining them now, and they should serve you well for many more growing seasons.
"We still have some rakes...
| Oct 15, 2013
I have a bed by a brick wall where I plant petunias every year so they drape down. I count on them for color. This year, the petunias in the bed did well for about a month. Then suddenly they were dead. It looked like they had dried up from the root. I...
| Oct 22, 2013
I have mounded, spreading junipers in my front landscaping. Last year they started getting brown spots. I cut them out, assuming new growth would fill in. This year the brown area is spreading. Are they dying? Is this a fungus?
— Carolyn Minehart...
| 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.
| 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 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.
| Sep 6, 2013
| 5:20 AM
Goldenrod has gotten a bad rap, and undeservedly so.
The fall bloomer often gets blamed for autumn allergies, when the real culprit is ragweed. What's more, some people can see it only as a weedy wildflower, not an asset to a garden.
It's time to change...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 3:07 PM
Even as attendance dropped overall at area museums and animal attractions in 2013, it was a very good year for horticulture.
The Chicago Botanic Garden had more than 1 million visitors for the first time since it opened in 1972, a 5 percent increase...