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August program on trees & shrubs. Garden tour August 6. Local pollinator information.
 
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Landscaping with Native Small Trees and Shrubs   

Presenter: Connor Shaw, Possibility Place

August 20, 2017, 2:30-4:30 PM
Please Note the Location:
Maze Library, 845 Gunderson Ave. Oak Park, IL

You’ve learned in our presentations with national experts Doug Tallamy and Rick Darke how important trees and shrubs are to insects, wildlife, and the environment. You may not have space for an oak, yet many trees and shrubs fit just fine in our urban landscapes. Connor Shaw founded Possibility Place Nursery, which specializes in trees and shrubs native to Northeastern Illinois. He will discuss height, width, flower, seed, positive insects, fall color and winter structure, as well as cultural practices for successful planting. Learn more. 
Photo from Possibility Place: Blue Beech in fall finery

 

Birds, Bees, and Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour

Sunday, August 6, 2017
1:00- 4:00 PM

 
Showcasing 15 public and private gardens in Oak Park and River Forest, the tour will start at the Cook County Forest Preserves headquarters at Lake & Harlem. You’ll meet a mix of master gardeners, hobbyists, and professional landscapers. Bring along friends and show them how these native gardens brim with beauty and life. More information.
 
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Garden Tour Volunteers Needed!

We're looking for volunteers as docents, at the check-in table, and sign-ups for our growing wildlife corridor map. Volunteers get free admission to the tour. Native plant expertise is not required. Help make the native garden tour a success! 
 
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Native Pollinators: Gardening Basics

Native pollinators are simply animals that were here before European colonization. Evolved for our ecosystem, they do the bulk of the pollination work, helping farmers and gardeners alike. Unfortunately, they are in worrying decline. Stephanie Walquist’s informative post includes a plant list organized by season and tailored to the Chicago region.  Native pollinators need plants from early spring to late fall.  Each species has a different life cycle and timeline. Learn more and plant for pollinators.
Photo: Yellow-faced Bee on Golden Alexanders. 

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