| Nov 6, 2013
| 4:31 PM
Unlike most of us, arborists and competitive tree climbers still benefit from scrambling up sturdy and dignified old trees. These professionals know the classic childhood activity isn't just challenging and fun: It's also great exercise.
| Oct 31, 2013
| 5:20 AM
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...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 6:48 AM
The connection between Colorado wildfires and an idyllic Chicago nature haven isn't immediately apparent.
But the Chicago Botanic Garden (1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe; chicagobotanic.org) is about more than a Japanese island garden or a bevy of...
| Oct 15, 2013
I have a bed by a brick wall where I plant petunias every year so they drape down. I count on them for color. This year, the petunias in the bed did well for about a month. Then suddenly they were dead. It looked like they had dried up from the root. I...
| Sep 17, 2013
I have a number of bushes around my new house. The lower branches had died on most of them, probably due to inadequate watering; the house was vacant for some time before I moved in. I did prune many of the dead branches, though some remain. Is there...
| Sep 10, 2013
My wife and I recently bought a 20-year-old home. We have a pine tree in our backyard, though I am not sure what kind of pine tree it is. Many of the tree's needles are turning brown and falling off. Some fall off with just a slight breeze, and others...
| Oct 13, 2013
Elizabeth Gilbert is of course best known for “Eat, Pray, Love” (2006), the megaselling memoir that was made into a popular 2010 film with Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem. But Gilbert's first love was fiction, to which she makes a triumphant...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 1:43 PM
The next time you're in a liquor store browsing the shelves, imagine you're strolling through a garden.
That bottle of gin is a juniper bush with citrus peels and maybe some coriander and even lavender thrown in for good measure. Tequila? Made from...
| Oct 22, 2013
I have mounded, spreading junipers in my front landscaping. Last year they started getting brown spots. I cut them out, assuming new growth would fill in. This year the brown area is spreading. Are they dying? Is this a fungus?
— Carolyn Minehart...
| Sep 24, 2013
I am very concerned about the health of my 'Emerald Queen' maple tree. It was planted in 1985 in a city cost-sharing program. It has always been beautiful. But not this year. It looks like a skeleton, with small leaves, widely spaced. Is this condition...
| Oct 20, 2013
Ah, I love autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains, when the trees along the ridges burst into color and a ghostly haze envelopes the horizon. The view is even better from under a grove of umbrella magnolias, with the tree's huge leaves providing shelter from...