| Sep 13, 2014
| 12:30 PM
I recently groomed my perennial garden, cutting back leggy perennials and removing dying or dead foliage. Many flowers are left to produce seeds for songbirds to enjoy this fall.
In November, I will totally clean my perennial garden, so the bed's few...
| Sep 6, 2014
| 12:22 PM
Today, you meet the nice native yellow crownbeard and the not-so-nice non-native Japanese stilt grass.
You also meet the beneficial soldier beetle.
Information on these species is courtesy of Helen Hamilton, author of "Wildflowers and Grasses of...
| Aug 30, 2014
| 11:57 AM
The Virginia Zoo is all about animals – and, increasingly, all about plants.
There are more 10 themed gardens that make up the zoo's 53-acre experience. There's the White Garden with its cooling ambiance of pale flowers. There's the fiery...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 5:03 PM
Stewardship Virginia, a statewide campaign to encourage and recognize volunteer activities with a tangible impact on Virginia's natural resources, continues this year with events across the state. The campaign's fall activities run through Oct. 31, a...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 8:29 AM
One day, gardener Chris Strand was working at the edge of Winterthur, a former du Pont estate that covers 982 acres.
A man walked by and Strand asked if he was lost.
"No, I grew up here," the man replied. "I have to tell you thanks for saving that tree....
| Oct 4, 2014
| 12:46 PM
Fall puts on its finery when the ornamental grasses appear — their plumes shimmering and shining in the autumn sun.
Ornamental grasses are also practical in the home garden because birds and small mammals like their small seeds while deer...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 1:25 PM
Makoto Mizutani and Benjamin Luddy are both devoted to the outdoors.
"When we're not working, we try to spend as much time outside as possible," Mizutani said. "We love to go camping, backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding and road...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 7:25 AM
Here's a look at upcoming events in and around the south suburbs. Listings are subject to change. Please call the venue in advance. To submit an event for consideration, please visit triblocal.com/events.
Thursday, Oct. 9
Cirque Italia: Cirque...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 8:21 AM
Garden designs come in all shapes and sizes, but all too often native plants get overlooked in the process. Many diverse plants grow happily in our forests, but did you know that they can seamlessly become part of your landscape, blending beautifully into...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 3:18 PM
Growing your own food is a joy—especially when it's harvest time. Fall is known primarily as the harvest season. But it is also a great time to plant fruit trees and late-season vegetable crops.
Trees and bushes planted in the autumn have a chance...
| Oct 7, 2014
When Miriam Goldberger began growing wildflowers on her farm 100 miles north of Toronto, few people talked about sustainability or organic food webs or how native plants were crucial to specific pollinators.
"You didn't hear those terms, and wildflowers...