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N. Barrington Montessori students learn about nature
Submitted by Sam Oliver, Citizens for Conservation
Jul 23, 2015 11:39 AM
On June 24, the children of Montessori Children's House of North Barrington explored some habitats of Illinois, with the help of Citizens for Conservation.
Apple scab causes leaves to fall, get spots
By Tim Johnson
Jul 22, 2015 6:00 AM
Some crabapple trees may be losing their leaves at this time, with the remaining leaves developing black and yellow spots. This is due to a fungal disease called apple scab. A fungicide would only be effective against this problem if applied in spring; spraying at this point will not help.
Some perennials can be used in place of shrubs
By Diana Stoll
Aug 3, 2015 1:30 PM
Some plants defy categorization. They may appear to be shrubs, or are shrubs in warmer zones, but behave like perennials here. They die back to the ground each winter, with new growth emerging from the base in the spring.
Gardening a great summer activity for kids
By Diana Stoll
Jul 18, 2015 7:00 AM
The garden can be an incredible place of adventure for children -- a place where they can play and learn among flowers, vegetables, butterflies, birds and bugs. Here are some fun and easy ways to garden with children this summer.
This comeback trail is lined with boxwood
By Adrian Higgins
Jul 17, 2015 3:00 AM
Boxwood's forte -- other than its lack of appeal to deer -- is that it provides a steadfast foil of fine texture against coarser-leafed shade plants such as azaleas, hydrangeas, hostas and Japanese maples.
Bonsai curator finds his groove at Chicago Botanic Garden
By Gilbert R. Boucher II
Jul 17, 2015 12:27 PM
"A perfect mixture of horticulture and art and mechanics" is how Wheeling resident Chris Baker describes his job as bonsai curator at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. It is one of the most recognized bonsai collections in the world.
Which houses have best Curb Appeal in Des Plaines?
By Christopher Placek
Jul 16, 2015 6:24 PM
Voting continues through the end of the month to determine which front yards in Des Plaines look the best, and those that look better than they did before.
Lego artist displays 23 sculptures at Lisle's Morton Arboretum
By Lindsay Gloor
Jul 15, 2015 11:52 AM
Check it out: It took artist Sean Kenney more than 4,000 hours and 494,770 Lego bricks to create the 23 sculptures on display at Lisle's Morton Arboretum.
View prairie flowers on savana walk in Lake Barrington
Submitted by Citizens for Conservation
Jul 13, 2015 9:20 AM
Citizens for Conservation is hosting its second season of Interactive Self-Guided Prairie Walks at Flint Creek Savanna, located at CFC's Headquarters, 459 W. Hwy. 22 in Lake Barrington. The preserve is open free to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. the first Sunday afternoon of each month, Aug. 2 and Sept. 6.
A 'living fence' a picturesque solution to backyard privacy
By Diana Stoll
Jul 9, 2015 6:00 AM
We enjoy the company of our neighbors, but there are times when we want to be alone, unnoticed, in our backyards. A 6-foot stockade fence may be a quick and easy option, but a living fence seems a more picturesque solution.
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