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Q. I received a Gardenia jasminoides "Aimee" patio tree as a 90th birthday gift and have had it on my deck for a month now. It's getting northern exposure near a small lake in the Chicagoland area. I am following directions to a "T" and have had two...
Special to the TribuneIt's been a peculiar summer -- too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry -- too weird. But that didn't stop avid gardeners from primping, prepping and photographing their beds, borders, containers, rooftops, balconies and window boxes for our Glorious...
Tags: Morton Arboretum, Dog (animal), David Austin, Travel, Italy
Tribune reporterYou've been thinking about taking your garden native, right? You get it. The celebration of the region's ornamental plants. The welcome mat for birds and butterflies. The environmental impact. Native plants "have adapted to the climatic swings of the...
Special to the TribuneAnyone gardening in the Midwest has to be gutsy, a glutton for punishment -- or both. We're not like those gardeners in Oregon and Washington. You know the ones, pictured on the glossy spreads of just about every gardening magazine where they show off...
Many plants are easy to share -- maybe too easy. A friend may have mint, lily-of-the-valley or violets to spare because they are aggressive spreaders. Such plants can cause headaches and backaches unless you place them where they can't crowd out...
Happy Earth Day, everybody. Today is the 40th annual love-your-planet observation, and not to get all baby boomer nostalgic on you, but I worked the first one. OK, it's not Woodstock, but surely I should get some tree-hugger street cred for staffing a...
Special to the TribuneOn fairly frequent occasions, Edgebrook resident and real estate agent Julie Schultz fields calls from bewildered house hunters driving around the leafy suburban-looking streets of her neighborhood. The conversations sound something like this: Caller:...
Tags: Natural Resources, Restaurants, Golf, Real Estate Buyers, Homes
More than 135 cooking schools offer classes for home cooks to culinary professionals at venues across the city and suburbs. Some instructors will even come to your home to teach you and your friends the basics. What's new? The College of DuPage is...
Tags: Healthy Diet, Healthcare Policies, Defense, Recipes, Adults
Scott Franzen does not trust the month of May — which also might be called the month of maybe. In more temperate climates, the suburban painter could count on beginning his exterior work this time of year. But May in Chicago can be the mercurial...
Q: What do I do with the tulips after they bloom? — John Polacek, Evergreen Park A: First, remove the spent flowers when the tulips are finished blooming; this will keep the tulips' energy focused on producing next year's flowers instead of seeds....
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WGN NewsAnimal Crackers - Real Food Rehab - LuxeHome Monday, September 28 "Animal Crackers" Through October 25 Goodman Theatre (312) 673-0744 www.goodmantheatre.org Tuesday, September 29 Real Food Rehab 773-342-1927 www.RealFoodRehab.com Wednesday,...
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Tribune reporterLike a lot of boys growing up during the space race, John Grunsfeld was fascinated by astronauts. But even then, as a 7-year-old back in 1965, the lengths to which Grunsfeld pursued his dream of space travel set him apart. There was the canister vacuum...
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