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  • Relishing autumn red

    Relishing autumn red
    Red makes all the difference. It puts the kick in a convertible, the allure in a model's lipstick and the fiery glow in our autumn woods. That red glow is a bit of a mystery, says Ed Hedborn, manager of plant records at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle,...
  • Nurturing a native young hickory tree

    Nurturing a native young hickory tree
    When settlers arrived to farm around Chicago in the 1830s, they found rich woodlands of majestic oaks and scattered hickory trees. These trees had survived fires and storms and provided a bounty of nuts for animals. "The diversity of life in the region...
  • Fall colors behind schedule: 'Don't give up hope'

    Fall colors behind schedule: 'Don't give up hope'
    Lovers of fall color might want to relax and kick back this year. The trees are in no hurry to turn, letting us experience what experts call "a protracted fall." "During some falls we get multiple species all in color at the same time, but this year...
  • Berries splash color on winter landscape

    Berries splash color  on winter landscape
    Blossoms are fleeting and leaves fall, but berries are forever. Well, maybe not forever, but they can last a while. Berries that stay on the shrubs for months add interest to the winter landscape, said Phil Riske, horticulturist at The Morton...
  • Romance that came naturally

    Romance that came naturally
    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,...
  • 'Ishmael' by Daniel Quinn and the movement it inspired

    'Ishmael' by Daniel Quinn and the movement it inspired
    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....
  • Prep trees for strong summer storms

    Prep trees for strong summer storms
    After a summer storm has passed, the iconic image you'll see on TV news coverage is a broken tree branch atop a car, a roof or a power line. Sometimes a tree is so battered by the storm it must be removed altogether. But the risk of tree damage during...
  • New plants need attention

    New plants need attention
    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...
  • Aug 1 should be 'Cut off your grass' day

    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......
  • Shady moves

    Shady moves
    Native plants tempt green thumbs with the promise of an easy-care garden. The allure of natives, growing in conditions that suit them and providing shelter and food for the creatures who live here, continues to attract a growing number of gardeners....
  • Room for a view

    Room for a view
    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...