| 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...
| 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,...
| 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...
| Jun 2, 2011
| 8:34 AM
The Morton Arboretum - Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse - Swap Shop - Santa's Village AZoosment Park - Chicago Pianos
Monday, May 30
The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Tuesday, May 31
| Jan 17, 2011
So you've decided to put in a garden. Planning is more than choosing which flowers or vegetables you want. A successful garden needs careful consideration. That starts with the most basic question: What are you trying to do?
"Assess your needs and...
| 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...
| Jan 29, 2012
Every winter, widespread chemical dumping leaves Chicago streets covered in sodium chloride. Here are 10 facts you don't have to take with a grain of salt:
1. Salt has seasoned English in many ways. Because Romans put salt or brine on their vegetables,...
| 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.
| Aug 5, 2011
| 9:52 AM
Our book club reads a wide range of titles, frequently about nature.
We meet in the Sterling Morton Library, which contains 28,000 books, 12,000 artworks and several hundred nursery catalogs.
"Walden" by Henry David Thoreau brought on one of our best...
| Aug 7, 2011
| 5:52 PM
The text message came to her phone, and Afrose Merchant looked down.
Merchant, her husband, her mother and her son were headed west in their car on the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway to an Islamic community center in Naperville Saturday evening. The...