| Oct 15, 2013
Red makes all the difference. It puts the kick in a convertible, the allure in a model's lipstick and the fiery glow in our autumn woods.
That red glow is a bit of a mystery, says Ed Hedborn, manager of plant records at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle,...
| Sep 24, 2013
Early fall is an excellent time to divide perennials. Dividing doesn't just multiply your supply of plants (or give you extras to trade with other gardeners for something new). It also can be a way to reinvigorate a mature clump that has died out in the...
| Nov 12, 2013
As the growing season ends, most of us are ready to roll up the hose and forget about lawn chores until spring.
But, in fact, the growing season hasn't ended for many plants. They still are storing up water and food reserves to get started next spring,...
| Oct 7, 2013
Trees with cones have needles and stay green all winter, right? Well, mostly. But there are a few remarkable trees that reproduce with cones but lose their leaves every fall, like a maple or an elm.
These deciduous conifers add lovely color and...
| Sep 27, 2013
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The crocuses disappear, the daffodils fade, the tulips peak, and then up pop the alliums: globes of flowers rising like blue and purple soap bubbles above the lush green foliage of late spring.
"I like them because they bloom between the other spring...
| Jan 31, 2014
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Much has changed inside and outside the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since Deborah Rutter — then Deborah Card — moved from running the Seattle Symphony to becoming CSO Association president in 2003.
She inherited an organization that was...
| Feb 3, 2014
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Even as attendance dropped overall at area museums and animal attractions in 2013, it was a very good year for horticulture.
The Chicago Botanic Garden had more than 1 million visitors for the first time since it opened in 1972, a 5 percent increase...
| Oct 31, 2013
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Lovers of fall color might want to relax and kick back this year. The trees are in no hurry to turn, letting us experience what experts call "a protracted fall."
"During some falls we get multiple species all in color at the same time, but this year...
| Dec 2, 2012
That adage that couples who play together stay together? P.J. and Donna Smith are that couple.
Married in 2000, they have worked together for more than 18 years and spend most of their leisure time fly-fishing. Or talking about fly-fishing. Or attending...
| Oct 24, 2012
Above the Grove Portage Trail at the River Trail Nature Center in Northbrook, the canopy of trees was taxicab yellow. With the sun pouring down from above, the colors glowed.
Beneath them, we walkers gaped at the view, pointed our cameras and counted...
| Jul 23, 2013
You planted them. Now don't forget them.
New plants need special attention at first, until they have settled into their new soil and sent out the fine roots they need to anchor themselves and collect and store water and nutrients.
The plants' most...