Gardening

Gardening

In the Garden | Keeping an eye on invasives

It's beginning to feel more like spring, and I know that many of us are anxiously awaiting the awakening of the plant world.

In the Garden | Let it rain

Rain gardens are one way for homeowners to use garden design as a means to mitigate storm runoff by capturing and detaining water before it leaves our properties.

In the Garden | Get planning for planting season

Winter is an excellent time for reflection on the past year's growing season and any gardening successes or failures to account for next year.

In this season of multitudes of seed-catalog mailings, I have found it to be an ideal time to set gardening goals for the coming year during the down time associated with the shortest and coldest days of the year.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 28-March 7, 2019

EVENTS

This weekend

RODNEY CARRINGTON

What: The multitalented comedian, actor and writer will perform live in concert.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Cost:Reserved seating tickets, $44.75; special VIP packages, $179.75. Additional $5 per ticket processing fees apply (online only).

In the Garden | A break from the cold

The cold of winter is absent in the Danville Area Community College greenhouses right now, making them a wonderful oasis of green plants and horticulture in action.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 21-28, 2019

EVENTS

This weekend

DINNER, AUCTION AND ENTERTAINMENT

What: An evening of entertainment with performances by the award-winning Redcoats, Radiant Reds and Green Machine show choirs, the Red Peppers jazz band and the North Ridge orchestra, live and silent auctions, and a spaghetti dinner. All proceeds support the North Ridge Performing Arts Students.

In the Garden | Major contributions on species

Last Tuesday marked the 210th birthday of the famous botanist and naturalist Charles Darwin, who is most well-known for his groundbreaking work on the science of evolution.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 14-21, 2019

EVENTS

This weekend

SPURLOCK MUSEUM'S 17TH ANNUAL WINTER TALES CELEBRATION

What: Honoring the cultures of Indigenous Americans and the wisdom and practices they share with others. This year's events inclue a talk on powwows, an educator workshop, and a family concert of storytelling and traditional teachings.

When:4 p.m. Feb. 14; 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 16.

In the Garden | Loss of ash trees is history repeating itself

The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is an insect from Asia that has plagued native ash trees in Illinois since 2006. This pest was first introduced in 2002 around the Detroit area and has rapidly spread across Michigan and Indiana to infect most of Illinois today.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 7-14, 2019

EVENTS

This weekend

CELEBRATE THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

What: Guest speaker is Dr. James C. Harden and performance by Leadership Development Academy. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Concerned Citizens of Rantoul. Rescheduled from Jan. 19.

When: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9.

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