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  • Yes, you can make a garden

    You've got most of the boxes unpacked and the bedrooms painted. The new house is starting to feel like it's yours. But what about the yard? Is it foreign territory? Maybe you're moving from a downtown high-rise and you've never had a blade of grass to...
  • A lawn of one's own

    When Heather Blaha and her husband, Josh Cooper, moved into their first home this winter, it came with a yard. This may not sound remarkable; but they had never owned a yard before. And though it was small -- this long rectangular strip behind their...
  • Gardens that soar: Tips for your balcony

    Gardens that soar: Tips for your balcony
    It's your little corner of paradise -- "little" being the operative word. So work it. Turn your balcony into an Eden of your own. Maybe you'll try something like Tina Howard's second-floor balcony in Logan Square. Brussels sprouts share a container with...
  • Smart landscape choices for the long term

    Smart landscape choices for the long term
    Summer is about to reach its zenith. While you've been out firing up the grill, perhaps you've been admiring your private oasis. Or maybe not so much. No matter what state your landscape is in, summer offers an opportune time to cast a critical eye...
  • Edgebrook amenities lure urban dwellers

    Edgebrook amenities lure urban dwellers
    On fairly frequent occasions, Edgebrook resident and real estate agent Julie Schultz fields calls from bewildered house hunters driving around the leafy suburban-looking streets of her neighborhood. The conversations sound something like this: Caller:...
  • Overcoming the challenges of dry shade

    Overcoming the challenges of dry shade
    There are parts of my garden that have missed out on this year's ample rain: beneath mature trees. We don't think of these cool places as likely to dry out, so we rarely check if the soil needs watering. But much of the rain that falls on the leaves...
  • Garden Q & A: When to prune a clematis

    QWhen should I prune a Princess Diana clematis I planted last year? -- Barbara Borkowski, Mokena APrune Princess Diana clematis (Clematis texensis 'Princess Diana') late next winter or early spring before new growth resumes. Prune all old growth back...
  • Glorious Gardens: 5th place

    Glorious Gardens: 5th place
    This week we begin showcasing the winners of this year's Glorious Gardens Contest. We received hundreds of splendid entries, submitted by gardeners with passion and soul to spare. Now through Sept. 13, we will present each of the five winning gardens with...
  • Coping with wacky weather

    It felt as if our cool, rainy spring lasted long into June and even July. And plants that prefer long, hot days, such as tomatoes, peppers and tropical annuals, have certainly felt it, said Tim Johnson, director of horticulture at the Chicago Botanic...
  • Gardening Q & A: Tomato troubles explained

    QThe bottoms of my tomatoes have dark brown spots. Any idea what could be wrong? -- Lillian Scott, Chicago AIt sounds like your tomatoes developed blossom-end rot, a problem caused by uneven soil moisture levels. Blossom-end rot develops when roots can'...
  • Denise Corkery on the 4th place Glorious Garden

    From Glorious Gardens judge Denise Corkery, senior writer at the Chicago Botanic Garden: Why it's a winner: For me, this is a winning Glorious Garden because its Japanese theme is executed so beautifully from the main gate, which beckons you to enter,...
  • August 24 - 28

    Mickey Rooney and Jan - Back to School Fashions - Dance for Life Wednesday, August 26 Mickey Rooney and Jan "Let's Put on a Show" Sunday, August 30 Arcada Theatre St. Charles (630) 587-8400 www.oshows.com Thursday, August 27 Back to School Fashions...