| May 12, 2011
Is spring really, finally here?
The answer is at your local actively managed forest preserve. Are there little wildflowers popping out beneath the trees? If so, bring out the hammock.
One visit to the Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve in Long Grove,...
| Feb 17, 2011
You've got the patio, you've got the patio essentials — table and chairs, a grill, the lighting. Now, how about a patio garden?
The right plants can turn a patio into a cohesive, almost enchanting space, rather than something that looks just thrown...
| Feb 25, 2011
In the chill of March, witch hazel conjures its annual magic by sending out impossibly early, star-shape blooms with intense colors and fragrance.
"Witch hazel really stands out this time of year, when our senses are yearning for color, texture and aroma...
| Jul 13, 2011
As Maryland officials found out recently, sunscreen and summer camps can be treacherous territory — let counselors apply the protection and risk inappropriate touching or don't apply it and expose children to harm from the sun.
| Jan 24, 2012
Unlike a new lamp or a chair that you would set in a room, occasionally dust and otherwise forget, the plant you cart home from the garden center has needs, like food, water and good soil.
New gardeners itching to get their hands in the soil can...
| Nov 20, 2010
The Morton Arboretum in Lisle is known for its outdoor splendor, and its Sterling Morton Library is representative of its wooded surroundings. The oval reading room, designed by Chicago architect Harry Weese in 1963, has curved cherry bookcases, a ceiling...
| Apr 13, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Interesting nature project happening in Bucktown, WBEZ has the scoop: Researchers in Chicago are beginning a study [in Bucktown] Tuesday that they hope will extend the life of urban trees. All those trees you see lining shady Chicago sidestreets...
| Apr 30, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Yesterday: No blossoming dandelions in sight on the lawns in our neighborhood. Today: Dandymania. Here's a cell phone picture of the first yellow blooms of the season in our dreadful yard. This marks the resumption of hostilities between me and......
| May 18, 2011
| 8:06 AM
Trees are such an integral part of our surroundings that we tend to ignore their significance and their magnificence.
"We talk about how people can become 'green blind,'" says Leslie Goddard, exhibit developer at the Morton Arboretum. "Trees are...
| Nov 25, 2010
We all have people in our lives who are tough to buy for. You know, the ones who have everything they need and buy everything they want.
It sure would be nice to come up with an unexpected gift that shows some thought and a lot of love.
| Nov 19, 2010
| 12:46 PM
Christmas in Illinois
To purchase a copy of the book:
Christmas in Illinois
Saturday, November 27
Saturday, December 4
Morton Arboretum Bookstore
Saturday, December 11