| May 28, 2014
| 2:19 PM
Summer is traditionally a slow time for museum exhibit openings. This could be because of the heat or the humidity or the marked decrease in school field trips during the season. No matter. Area museums and zoos do make concerted efforts to bring in...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 8:04 AM
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...
| 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,...
| 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...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 3:50 PM
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,...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 1:40 PM
Chicago music has long gone gaga over the Brits, and not simply because the city's two leading opera companies are, or were, run by thoroughly capable Englishmen – Anthony Freud at Lyric Opera and Brian Dickie, who retired last year after 13 seasons...
| 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,...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 11:40 AM
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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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-...