| Jan 5, 2015
| 10:57 AM
Winter, when trees are bare and gray, is an opportunity to take stock of their condition. With no leaves in the way, you may see things you couldn't spot in the summer, notes Sharon Yiesla, Plant Clinic assistant at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
| Dec 4, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Area birding enthusiasts are invited to join the DuPage Birding Club in the 115th annual Christmas Bird Count Dec. 14 and 20 at various DuPage County forest preserves.
Armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists, tens of thousands of volunteers...
| Nov 3, 2014
| 8:33 AM
Once the leaves fall, there's no place to hide. Not for invasive buckthorn shrubs, that is.
Common buckthorn is a large shrub or small tree that is "a destructive weed," according to Kurt Dreisilker, head of natural resources at The Morton Arboretum...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 9:33 AM
Oh, Christmas tree! What makes you a Christmas tree? You're a green triangle. That profile is iconic on holiday cards and a strict requirement in Christmas tree lots.
But most evergreen trees don't have that triangular silhouette, says Tim White,...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 10:12 AM
White-tailed deer may be a lovely sight in the woods, but they can do serious damage to trees, shrubs and other plants. And they get especially hungry in winter, so now is the time to fortify the garden's defenses, says Peter Linsner, who is in charge...
| Nov 8, 2014
| 8:17 AM
For most of the 20th Century, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra supplemented its regular subscription series of concerts with single biweekly programs that presented popular repertory.
The last CSO music director to take these "pop concerts" seriously...
| Nov 3, 2014
| 1:59 PM
Ragnar Moen planted a weeping European beech tree on the campus of Elmhurst College more than four decades ago, and the skinny sapling with its branches seemingly pulled downward — its droop sad but amusing — quickly become his personal...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 3:08 PM
These days, the main floor of the Museum of Science and Industry is a little bit like a Christmas tree lot, but without the smell of evergreens, the giant ball of twine or the sketchy dude in the Carhartt jacket. In a long-running holiday tradition, the...
| Nov 24, 2014
| 9:12 AM
As you enjoy pecan pie this holiday season, consider the pecan: Carya illinoinensis. Yes, as Southern as they may seem, these useful nut trees are native to Illinois — in fact, their natural range is large, extending from Iowa to Florida and from...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 8:39 AM
A tidy layer of mulch in the landscape creates an air of neatness and order. But that's not the best reason to go to the effort.
Mulch — if properly applied — is a big help to trees, shrubs and perennials, according to Stephanie Adams,...
| Dec 9, 2014
| 2:24 PM
The holiday season is in full swing with these merry and bright offerings through Jan. 3.
As an alternative to the mall/Santa experience, children and families can visit Jolly Old St. Nick at the Santa House through Dec. 22 on the...