In the Garden: Winter retreat


On a cold, dreary day with misting rain last week, a group of Master Gardeners met at the Idea Garden, in the University of Illinois Arboretum, for a ritual that has occurred for many years.

Each year, most plants in the "Tropicals Section" of the Idea Garden are removed from the ground and transported to nearby greenhouses on campus.

UI Crop Evolution Lab's curator hoping to modernize his garden

CHAMPAIGN — At an herbarium on the south end of the University of Illinois campus, 55,000 specimens of the world's major crops sit in cabinets, holding a potential gold mine of genetic information.

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There will be a time when members of the Illinois Prairie Chapter of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society will get to sit back, raise a glass and toast their 20th anniversary. Just not now.

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What: Back for its fifth year as Central Illinois' premiere haunted attraction with 10,000 square feet of terror, customers will find terror at every turn; "Lights Out" events, Oct. 19 and 30. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

'Johnny Appleseed' trees to mark Illinois bicentennial

EFFINGHAM (AP) — The Illinois State Historical Society is offering all 102 counties a tree that descends from an original "Johnny Appleseed" tree as part of the state's 200th birthday celebration.

In the Garden: Grow your own garlic


UI Sesquicentennial Garden to be dedicated today

URBANA — In her undergraduate days, Jo Ellyn Downey liked to wander down to the University of Illinois Arboretum for some quiet time.

As a young mom, she took her children sledding on the Orchard Downs hill.

And when her daughter Jennifer got married, they took pictures at the nearby UI President's House, at the invitation of longtime friends Stan and Judy Ikenberry.

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In the Garden: Is it time to pick?


One of the most glorious aspects of fall is bringing in the apple harvest.

Every year around harvest time, I wonder when exactly to pick my apples, which raises some questions. What does the apple maturity chart say for this variety? Has the weather this year impacted fruit quality? They taste pretty good, but are they still too small?

Letter from Birdland: Having a field day

Autumn has come to Birdland with the walnuts rolling around my walkway and the crunchy leaves that hide them, making the walk to our kitchen door hazardous.

It has come with the days growing shorter on both ends, so I use a flashlight to feed the chickens, both morning and evening.