| Jan 24, 2012
Unlike a new lamp or a chair that you would set in a room, occasionally dust and otherwise forget, the plant you cart home from the garden center has needs, like food, water and good soil.
New gardeners itching to get their hands in the soil can...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 12:46 PM
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Abigail's American Bistro
493 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park, 847-849-1009
Abigail's surrounds diners with a sophisticated setting of soothing earth tones with splashes of color and a menu of...
| Jan 19, 2012
| 3:47 AM
David Tutera has been planning weddings for 25 years — including celebrity weddings for ex-"View" co-host Star Jones and ex-New York Giant Antonio Pierce — but the star of the WE network’s “My Fair Wedding” says it hasn&...
| Feb 11, 2011
| 1:49 PM
Duriel Harris and Nick Demske will be the featured readers during the Myopic Poetry Series at 7 p.m. at Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave.; free.
James Twomey of Book Restoration Co. and Russ Maki of Graphic Conservation Co. will...
| Feb 17, 2011
You've got the patio, you've got the patio essentials — table and chairs, a grill, the lighting. Now, how about a patio garden?
The right plants can turn a patio into a cohesive, almost enchanting space, rather than something that looks just thrown...
| Aug 2, 2011
Garden walks give visitors -- whether they are gardeners or not -- a chance to find inspiration and beauty. For gardeners, of course, these treks can bring a bounty of new ideas, as well as an opportunity to talk shop with fellow enthusiasts. Our...
| Feb 11, 2011
Native plants tempt green thumbs with the promise of an easy-care garden.
The allure of natives, growing in conditions that suit them and providing shelter and food for the creatures who live here, continues to attract a growing number of gardeners....
| Oct 4, 2010
| 6:41 AM
Q. I received a Gardenia jasminoides "Aimee" patio tree as a 90th birthday gift and have had it on my deck for a month now. It's getting northern exposure near a small lake in the Chicagoland area. I am following directions to a "T" and have had two...
| Nov 19, 2010
The trowels and shovels have been cleaned and stowed, and the summer garden is now just a memory. In this quiet time of autumn, with Thanksgiving about to usher in the winter holidays, we asked gardeners, plant breeders, horticulturists and designers to...
| Jun 28, 2012
| 8:12 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 backyard. Don't see a farmers market near your town listed below?
Check out the Illinois Department of...
| 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...
| Nov 25, 2010
We all have people in our lives who are tough to buy for. You know, the ones who have everything they need and buy everything they want.
It sure would be nice to come up with an unexpected gift that shows some thought and a lot of love.