| Sep 24, 2013
I am very concerned about the health of my 'Emerald Queen' maple tree. It was planted in 1985 in a city cost-sharing program. It has always been beautiful. But not this year. It looks like a skeleton, with small leaves, widely spaced. Is this condition...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 12:15 PM
Ginkgo and silver maple, yes. Norway spruce and American linden, no.
Those are among the answers the Chicago Botanic Garden came up with recently when it wondered, through the mechanism of a scientific study, which of its trees will do best under global...
| Aug 30, 2013
Once again this year, the fall museum and zoo schedules are full, and not just because of the now-requisite Halloween and Christmas programming. Highlights include a World's Fair revisitation at the Field, commemoration of the Gettysburg Address' 150th...
| Jun 23, 2013
Whether you're a gardening enthusiast or a model railroad buff — or both — North Barrington should be your destination June 29: Elaine Silets, noted designer and manufacturer of model railroads and garden railways, is opening her Gardens at...
| Jun 18, 2013
This is the time of the weed warrior. The army of weeds is on the march, and they must be slain before they unleash the ultimate weapon: more seeds.
There already are thousands of weed seeds in a cupful of garden soil, which is why, with a little rain,...
| May 13, 2013
Should I core-aerate my lawn?
— Tom Jenkins, Wheeling
Core aeration — removing plugs of turf to create many small holes throughout the lawn — is a good practice to include in your maintenance program. Core aeration with proper...
| Apr 27, 2013
There's no doubt that vegetable gardening is hot. Folks who've never grown a radish suddenly want to plant pots or plow up their lawn so they can add fresh food to the table. The upside: You can harvest edibles untouched by synthetic chemicals, and the...
| Apr 30, 2012
| 4:34 AM
If you're looking to add the freshest fruits, vegetables, baked goods, cheeses and flowers to your dinner table, look no further than in your own …...
| Apr 19, 2012
| 4:35 PM
The Lenhardt Library of the Chicago Botanic Garden welcomes Evanston residents on Sunday, May 6, from noon to 4 p.m. Evanston Public Library Director Karen …...
| May 4, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Visit five special gardens in Highland Park and Lake Forest that include inspirational designs filled with beautiful and rare plants on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 …...
| Jul 4, 2012
It started as a one-shot deal — a seven-track train layout at the Chicago Botanic Garden that was intended for a five-month run in 2000.
"But it was so popular," says Dave Rodelius, a lifelong train enthusiast who oversees the Model Railroad Garden...
| May 25, 2012
| 4:35 PM
By Susan J. WhiteNorthShore University HealthSystem Fun in the sun for many of us means ramping up fitness routines or getting back in shape after …...