Smart Living Weekly – March 23, 2016

  Conservatory Welcomes Butterflies Right in Our Region: Rockford’s top destination for tropical flora comes to new life this season with the return of “Simply Spring: The Butterfly Exhibit.” The…
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Lee & Ogle Counties: When We Were the West

Sure you know about the Wild West of the Gold Rush, but long before that, settlers found plenty of adventure here, in Illinois. Janine Pumilia explores how our area developed…
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How to Plant With Wildlife in Mind

Our neatly manicured lawns may be a source of pride, but at what cost to our wildlife? Jamie Johannsen explains why it’s time for a new mindset in residential landscaping.

Trustworthy Trees

The drought’s taking a toll on our landscape, but what about those native plants that love this weather? Here are some hearty varieties of reliable trees that love our wild Midwestern weather.