| 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....
| 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...
| 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,...
| Sep 10, 2013
There's more to an autumn garden than chrysanthemums. A number of perennials bloom in fall, providing a cheerful complement to the rich colors of leaves in the trees and shrubs.
Tall sedums (Hylotelephium species), with their mounds of tiny flowers...
| Aug 14, 2013
When the prairie is in its golden glory, a sea of grasses dotted with colorful and interesting flowers, many of us wish we could take that look home.
Fortunately, gardeners in the Chicago area can do just that. Many native prairie perennials, deep-...
| Sep 17, 2013
Soon enough, cold winds will blow. And those cold winds will be especially hard on trees, shrubs and perennials in pots.
In a container, plants' roots are far more exposed and vulnerable than they would be down in the ground. Now is the time to take...
| Aug 5, 2013
We often choose plants for fragrant flowers, from musky-scented roses to violets to sweet Korean spice viburnum. But leaves can also offer subtle and interesting scents, says Patrick Kelsch, horticulturist of the Fragrance Garden at The Morton Arboretum...
| Jun 18, 2013
When one thing shifts in the garden, it can change your view of everything around it. But change is good.
This spring a tall, thick old hedge surrounding the Hedge Collection at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle was replaced with new plants that, for the...
| 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...
| Sep 10, 2013
As fall rolls around, a gardener's thoughts turn to pumpkins, not outdoor domestic drudgery, but just a little laboring now before you stow the shovel and trowel can make for a better garden experience next spring. Here's how a few very busy garden...
| Aug 30, 2013
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...