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  • Groundcover can be attractive alternative to mulch Nov 14, 2012 2:32 PM
    Sometimes mulch can be a bit too much, our Cathy Maloney says. Mulches retain moisture and restrain weeds and are great for protecting the roots of trees from lawn mower and edger cuts. We're taught that mulch shouldn't be stacked up in a "volcano" mound around the tree base. But, even knowing the benefits and proper application of mulch, aren't there times when mulch is a bit of a mess?

  • Morton Arboretum gets sweet on bees and their honey this weekend Sep 9, 2012 11:14 AM
    "The first golden rule of honey is to get to know your beekeeper." So says Kim Flottum, author of multiple books on beekeeping, honey-making and gardening for pollinators. Flottum and other experts will be on hand Friday through Sunday, Sept. 7 to 9, for the Morton Arboretum's Honey Bee Weekend, a festival celebrating all things bee.

  • Arboretum botanist tracks blooms and other signs of spring's progress Apr 12, 2012 11:58 AM
    Ed Hedborn, who has been with the Morton Arboretum in Lisle for 35 years, has never seen anything like this. "It feels like I'm in the middle of May," he says. "You turn around and something new blooms right behind your back." Hedborn is the arboretum's official "color scout." His list of what's blooming and what's not is used by local visitors as well as scientists around the world.

  • Avid learner earns certificates at Lisle arboretum Jan 20, 2012 8:09 AM
    A chance encounter in the Morton Arboretum’s Schulenburg Prairie turned into an 11-year pursuit of knowledge for John Hagstrom. A retired aerospace engineer, Hagstrom is the first student to complete all certificates offered by the arboretum in horticulture, botanical art, woodland restoration and allied nature classes.

  • Morton Arboretum exhibit highlights endangered trees Dec 12, 2011 12:05 PM
    The Morton Arboretum's newest exhibit, "Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat," focuses on trees that may be headed toward extinction. And the numbers may startle you: nearly 8,000 species of trees are endangered, or roughly 10 percent of the world's total number.

  • Arboretum tests eco-friendly pavers Apr 18, 2011 1:12 PM
    Spring garden planning often includes new flora, but sometimes the patios, sidewalks and driveways need help, too. The Morton Arboretum in Lisle tests eco-friendly materials to see whether they work and how well they last.

  • Arboretum Children’s Garden celebrates five years Nov 21, 2010 2:24 PM
    Five years old! How quickly the time has passed. Do you remember your fifth birthday? Meeting new friends from school, growing taller, exploring the wide world around you. So, too, has the Morton Arboretum’s Children Garden matured into a regional destination.

  • New garden walk features six arboretum-approved landscapes Jul 7, 2010 12:01 AM
    I am the Goldilocks of garden walks. I have walked many gardens, in my capacity as garden writer, book author and editor, yet each walk still holds surprises. Unjaded, I've nonetheless become a tad pickier as I walk the primrose paths.

  • Early mornings are for the birds - really Apr 27, 2010 12:01 AM
    So I was up at o'dark thirty, getting breakfast for the Amphibiteen and sending him off to water polo practice. With no one else awake at this ungodly hour, I had plenty of time to contemplate life's imponderables:

  • Spring is perfect time to tap the maple Mar 29, 2010 12:01 AM
    It's a sticky situation, to say the least. You want to be kind to a tree, yet you want to steal its very lifeblood. It's maple sugaring time.

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