| Jun 18, 2009
| 8:46 AM
After studying horticulture at the University of Kentucky, Lynch went on to complete a masters degree in public horticulture in the Longwood Program at the University of Delaware. She has worked at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Wisley Garden and the...
| Jun 18, 2009
| 9:14 AM
It's been a peculiar summer -- too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry -- too weird.
But that didn't stop avid gardeners from primping, prepping and photographing their beds, borders, containers, rooftops, balconies and window boxes for our Glorious...
| Jun 21, 2009
You've been thinking about taking your garden native, right? You get it. The celebration of the region's ornamental plants. The welcome mat for birds and butterflies. The environmental impact.
Native plants "have adapted to the climatic swings of the...
| Jul 19, 2009
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...
| Aug 2, 2009
After decades of looking for new and exotic plants, gardeners are starting to use what's local: our native prairie shrubs.
"Native shrubs combined with exotics give us a huge palette of plants from which to select something appropriate," says Karla...
| Aug 16, 2009
In our growing zone, chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) is a shrub that often dies back in the winter and re-emerges in spring; its profuse, purple-scented flowers are far from unassuming.
"It's unique because it's blooming now in August, when not many...
| Aug 23, 2009
Reducing your carbon footprint can be as simple as caring for trees, says Edith Makra, arborist and community trees advocate at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
"Among the many benefits trees give us, trees store carbon and reduce carbon dioxide in the...
| Aug 28, 2009
Nicknamed "The Arboretum Village," Lisle has grown from a farming community to a vibrant western suburb enriched with a diverse array of homes and businesses. Yet, the village of about 23,000 residents remains a close-knit community with a friendly small-...
| Sep 6, 2009
This year is a big one for magnolia scales -- those half-inch white bumps you see on infected branches.
"I don't think the natural enemies -- the ladybugs, mites and parasitic wasps -- have caught up with them yet," said Donna Danielson, an expert at the...
| Sep 13, 2009
Among the observations from our four Glorious Gardens judges on why they loved Dennis Paul's city garden:
Why it's a winner
Denise Corkery, senior writer, Chicago Botanic Garden: This richly and intricately designed garden resembles a living tapestry,...
| Sep 13, 2009
Parkway trees lend grace and beauty to a streetscape. Sometimes homeowners add to the picture by installing raised beds or flower boxes around them. Unfortunately, this well-meaning practice can actually damage trees.
"This is not healthy for the tree,...