| 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...
| 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,...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 9:32 PM
Two years ago today I published a "Dear Lawn" letter: You're on your own. Since the first thaw of spring I've been seeding you, weeding you (by hand) and watering you all in an effort to make you look respectable......
| May 22, 2013
| 3:20 PM
Just when you thought it was safe to get out of your house and into the long-delayed sunny season, Chicago theaters of all sizes unleash some of their most promising offerings of the year. When you're ready for a break from the beach and the ballpark,...
| May 17, 2013
| 11:42 AM
Turn into Susan Beard's drive, and you'll notice right away: Spring-flowering bulbs are strewn like a pastel carpet beneath spreading trees and a sea of white narcissus rises to meet the road in front of the house. The native tree species, drifts of grape...
| 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...