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Explore the Magical World of Native Plants

Explore the Magical World of Native Plants

Have you ever walked by a beautiful garden brimming with blooms and butterflies and thought, I wonder how they did this? The upcoming Birds, Bees & Butterflies Native Garden Tour in Oak Park and River Forest will give you a chance to satisfy your curiosity and talk to the people behind their own gardens. Passionate native plant enthusiasts, master gardeners, professional designers and experienced naturalists will guide you through 12 enchanting gardens that creatively incorporate native plants.

Volunteers Needed for Monarch Habitat Construction

Volunteers Needed for Monarch Habitat Construction

Join the workday for the Student Citizen Science Monarch Ecological Engineering Project beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 28, and continuing throughout the day at the Morton Freshman Center, 1801 South 55th Ave., in Cicero. Stay for just the morning, the afternoon, or all day.

Happy News! Together We are Making a Difference for Monarchs!

Happy News! Together We are Making a Difference for Monarchs!

Oak Park resident, Gina Orlando, recently shared the happy news that she saw at least 10 monarchs at the same time on a patch of the swamp/rose milkweed at Mills Park.

“Their playfulness and beauty are a joy,” Orlando said. “It was wonderful to see!  And it's hopeful. They are coming back.”

Native Trees and Shrubs are Ecological Powerhouses

Native Trees and Shrubs are Ecological Powerhouses

Trees and shrubs provide butterflies, moths, birds, and bees many different resources. Planting trees and shrubs is also a great way to help out the environment, since they produce oxygen, sequester carbon, clean the air and water, and provide numerous other benefits. You can even forest bathe right in your own yard!

Native Garden Tour Elicits 'Oohs and Ahs'

Native Garden Tour  Elicits 'Oohs and Ahs'

“Visitors loved seeing the goldfinches on the anise hyssop and cup plants, the monarchs landing on the swamp milkweed and bumblebees everywhere. There were literally ‘oohs and ahs,’” says garden host Adrian Fisher.  With Mother Nature’s cooperation, the Interfaith Green Network, Green Community Connections and West Cook Wild Ones hosted a successful “Birds, Bees & Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour” in Oak Park and River Forest on August 6.

Native Garden Tour

Native Garden Tour

“Birds, Bees and Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour,” sponsored by West Cook Wild Ones, the Interfaith Green Network and Green Community Connections, offers you an opportunity to visit 15 private and public gardens in Oak Park and River Forest that are brimming with life and beauty. The host gardeners are excited to walk you through these treasured spaces. Each stop on the tour is unique, reflecting each gardener’s interests.

Add Green to Your Block Party

Add Green to Your Block Party

Green Events for your block party help build stronger relationships between the people and nature on your block!

Host a presentation with Q&A and Show&Tell:

  • Composting & Vermicomposting

  • Butterfly Gardening

  • Edible Gardening

  • Organic Lawn Care

Wild Ones Springtime Native Plant Sale

Wild Ones Springtime Native Plant Sale

Lure birds, bees, and butterflies to your garden by purchasing native plants through West Cook Wild Ones this spring. You may order in advance, from now until April 15. The sale takes place on May 14, at Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church parking lot, on Washington St., one block east of Oak Park Ave., in Oak Park. Please bring boxes and bags to carry home your pre-ordered plants as well as those purchased the day of the sale.