| Jan 12, 2015
| 12:49 PM
They stand like soldiers at attention in yard after yard: arborvitaes, planted in rows to screen out street noise or neighbors. Inexpensive and widely available, arborvitaes are the default evergreens in the Chicago area, widely regarded as little more...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Every kid will feel like a superhero at Bubble Bash 2014: A SuperPOWERED New Year’s Eve, 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Dec. 31 at DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. That’s because all of the activities at this 13th...
| 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...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 10:00 PM
While portents of change echo across the local summer music landscape, one hot-weather classical enterprise that remains impervious to change, justifiably so, is the Grant Park Music Festival.
Given the successful marriage of municipal sponsorship and...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 1:09 PM
Winter is, or ought to be, museum season. Outdoor activities do not beckon, or ought not to, especially here in the flatland. And everyone in the house is, or ought to be, stir-crazy. Our area's museums have responded by planning shows on subjects ranging...
| 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 26, 2014
| 3:41 AM
The tree has finished its work. It has worn bright ornaments, borne traditions, provided a venue for gifts and filled the house with the scent of balsam or fir. Now what?
That tree still can be useful when it's recycled into mulch or compost to...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 9:39 AM
Don't let last year's problems haunt this year's garden. Do some winter cleanup to reduce the chances that pests and diseases will return in spring.
If you didn't finish garden cleanup before the holiday rush, now is a good time to get rid of debris...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 3:16 PM
Winter has settled in, and for many gardeners here and across the country, it's a time for quiet reflection before the flurry of spring activities. You may have stowed your trowel and packed up your pruners, but there are plenty of ways to get your...
| 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,...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 10:25 AM
As you admire your holiday decorations, pause to examine a pine cone (or a spruce cone or a fir cone). What is this dry, brown thing in your hand, with its airy rows of scales? Think of it as something like an egg carton.
When this female cone was green...