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  • Alliums fill late-spring gap in garden

    Alliums fill late-spring gap in garden
    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...
  • From Nazis to Lincoln, from World's Fair to bees

    From Nazis to Lincoln,  from World's Fair to bees
    Once again this year, the fall museum and zoo schedules are full, and not just because of the now-requisite Halloween and Christmas programming. Highlights include a World's Fair revisitation at the Field, commemoration of the Gettysburg Address' 150th...
  • As weather chills, these conifers shed

     As weather chills, these conifers shed
    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...
  • Relishing autumn red

    Relishing autumn red
    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,...
  • Nurturing a native young hickory tree

    Nurturing a native young hickory tree
    When settlers arrived to farm around Chicago in the 1830s, they found rich woodlands of majestic oaks and scattered hickory trees. These trees had survived fires and storms and provided a bounty of nuts for animals. "The diversity of life in the region...
  • Fall colors behind schedule: 'Don't give up hope'

    Fall colors behind schedule: 'Don't give up hope'
    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...
  • Berries splash color on winter landscape

    Berries splash color  on winter landscape
    Blossoms are fleeting and leaves fall, but berries are forever. Well, maybe not forever, but they can last a while. Berries that stay on the shrubs for months add interest to the winter landscape, said Phil Riske, horticulturist at The Morton...
  • Winter garden needs water

    Winter garden needs water
    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,...
  • Prep trees for strong summer storms

    Prep trees for strong summer storms
    After a summer storm has passed, the iconic image you'll see on TV news coverage is a broken tree branch atop a car, a roof or a power line. Sometimes a tree is so battered by the storm it must be removed altogether. But the risk of tree damage during...
  • 'Ishmael' by Daniel Quinn and the movement it inspired

    'Ishmael' by Daniel Quinn and the movement it inspired
    This is a story about a blue crab killed for no good reason. It is a story about birth and rebirth, law and life, nature and nurture, cooperation and connection, cultivation and civilization, production and destruction, seed and greed, Adam and Eve....
  • Specializing in the outdoors: It's summer at the Morton Arboretum

    Specializing in the outdoors: It's summer at the Morton Arboretum
    When people talk about the Morton Arboretum, the too easily overlooked west suburban woodland preserve and living laboratory, summer is not the first season that falls from their tongues or springs to their minds. Autumn and its opportunity to walk,...