| Jan 15, 2015
| 11:10 AM
Anna, Elsa, Chip and Dale will occupy prime topiary real estate during the 2015 Epcot International Flower & Garden Fest, which debuts March 4.
For the first time, "Frozen" figures will be captured in leafy form for the event. The royal sisters will be...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 11:36 AM
Landscaping can seem like such an intimidating endeavor that many gardeners hand over the reins to professionals. Or just plop down plants, shrubs and trees, hoping for the best.
But learning the skills not only saves money, it also ensures a yard or...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 2:51 PM
Under Carol Brown's leadership, the 61-year-old Boca Raton Garden Club was growing strong — being named the best in Florida and the best in a six-state region last year.
Mrs. Brown, 54, who also oversaw the complete renovation of the club's...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 1:38 PM
Cooled by fountains and waterfalls, the Bagh-e Shahzadeh garden in Iran is 8 acres of lush green — think roses, pear trees and stately stone pavilions — rising out of the dusty desert.
Not so much planted as painted, the 18th-century gardens...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 1:52 PM
One of my friends installed some kind of nesting blocks in her garden that she said would help attract native bees. I was wondering if this was worthwhile doing. If it is, I would like some tips on how to do this.
— John Reynolds, Glenview...
| Dec 26, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Monarch butterflies are plentiful and seem to be everywhere, so we take it for granted that they will always be here.
However, precipitous declines in monarch populations have been reported. Soon they could be hanging out with the passenger pigeon and...
| Jan 17, 2015
| 12:17 PM
Will 2015 be the year of the connected pacifier, the almighty gesture-control ring or printable, edible cupcake frosting? Probably not, but I now feel less guilt-ridden about last year's endorsement of a slow cooker programmable and controllable by a...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 2:19 PM
Kay Havens remembers her first visit to the Chicago Botanic Garden. It was around 1981, and she was home from college (Southern Illinois University, where she was majoring in botany).
"I had heard about this new botanic garden," she says now. (The...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 12:48 PM
As the new year begins, plant and seed catalogs start to fill mail boxes, giving winter-weary gardeners warm glimmers of summer during those dark, cold nights. Ideas for new plants and new gardens grow with each turning page. I start off with a rather...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 7:40 PM
One plant that deserves attention during the winter is the African violet (Saintpaulia). The plant originally came from Africa, growing in the higher elevations of the tropics. Beautiful and easy to grow, African violets are a perennial windowsill...
| Dec 20, 2014
| 1:03 PM
Question: I have a phalaenopsis orchid in a small container with lots of roots that is starting to form a flower spike. Is it too late to repot it?
Answer: Orchids don't mind cramp quarters where the roots creep out over the sides of their containers,...