| Jul 13, 2013
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....
| May 13, 2013
Some of a gardener's best friends are bugs. Yes, bugs. Many of the insects and other creepy-crawlies in our flower beds and vegetable patches and on trees are doing good work. Most are harmless, though there are a few that might do our plants...
| Jun 18, 2013
This is the time of the weed warrior. The army of weeds is on the march, and they must be slain before they unleash the ultimate weapon: more seeds.
There already are thousands of weed seeds in a cupful of garden soil, which is why, with a little rain,...
| May 1, 2013
Tree planting time is under way: Spring and early fall are the best times to get trees and shrubs in the ground.
It doesn't take long to plant a tree, says Gary Watson, head of research at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle and co-author of "The Practical...
| 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...
| Sep 26, 2012
Seventy years have passed since four little girls in crisp white blouses and plaid skirts shared graham crackers, nap mats and giggles at St. Barnabas School in Chicago's Beverly community.
It was 1942. Rosalie, Kathy and Mary Jane were in one...
| Jul 7, 2013
If flowers are the language of love, then Cathy Haibach and Marcus de la fleur speak a dialect that has evolved over thousands of years: the language of the prairie, where their relationship sparked to life.
"With Marcus, I discovered nature in Chicago,...
| Nov 11, 2012
The Christmas Schooner
Have yourself a City of Big Shoulders Christmas at the Mercury Theater, the current home of the beloved Chicago musical, “The Christmas Schooner.” Created by John Reeger and Julie Shannon, “Schooner”...
| 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...
| 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...
| Aug 1, 2013
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For some, it just isn't a complete summer without hearing the words of the Bard spoken into the warm nighttime air — or just a few outdoor lines of Roald Dahl down by the bugs. Fear not, grass-sitting theater-goers, the outdoor season is still in...