Two More Weeks for Tree & Shrub Sale/ Prepping for Fall Presentation/Sept 10 Help Me/Conference 2017 News
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Preparing for Fall: Clean-up, Seed Collecting, Expanding Beds

September 18, 2016 2:30-4:30 PM

Room 259, The Priory, 7200 W. Division St., River Forest, IL


Presentation Description:  Make next year more filled with life and beauty in your gardens.  What you do in the fall will have a huge impact on the biodiversity in your yard next year.  

In this program presented by Stephanie Walquist (butterfly gardener and WCWO Vice-president), we will discuss the preparations that we can do in the fall to make next year even more beautiful and filled with life.

You will learn why and how to:

  • do an ecologically thoughtful (science-based) fall preparation for your gardens
  • collect seeds, clean them, and store them with a quick review about wintersowing
  • expand/create garden beds with minimal effort and yield maximum results next year.
Free and open to the public.

What's Better than Native Plants?

September Shrub and Tree Sale, Hosted by Green Community Connections

Green Community Connections, one of our partner organizations, is having a fall shrub and tree sale. Fall is the best time to plant these large woody species because they will focus on establishing their roots systems. 

It will be by pre-order only, opening August 5, 2016. Pre-orders end September 17, 2016. Pick up is September 24, 2016. Ordering will take place here (same place as our Native Plant Sale):

Photo: Spicebush has lovely glossy leaves in the summer and with its yellow flowers is a great substitute for Forsythia.  If there are male and female shrubs nearby, you will get berries in the fall which birds appreciate.  Host to the Spicebush Swallowtail (which we hope will finally find our shrubs!) and a couple of large beautiful moths.  

September 10, 2016 2:00 PM
Help Me at a New Member's Home

Come help and show what Wild Ones is all about:  people helping people and sharing knowledge and experience to create a better environment for all of us. Jessica is new to Oak Park and is looking to create a yard that is more hospitable to wildlife and more enjoyable for humans.  She would love to get information about what to plant where.  She is looking to reduce her lawns in order to plant native gardens, fruit trees, and an edible garden. RSVP here:

You will receive the address when you RSVP.   RSVP here:  Limit of 10 participants.

Would you like to have a Show Me-Help Me at your yard or institution's garden?  Send Stephanie an e-mail here to sign your yard up:

Add Your Yard to Our Wildlife Corridor

There are so many great gardens out there!  If you haven't added your yard yet and you have native plants, please consider completing the form. If your garden is already on our map, you can view it.  If you'd like to add a description,  you can also do so on the form.  Please enter your address, and the complete the other fields.  We can then update the info.  For example, you can look at 211 Randolph St and see the plants in that garden. Wildlife Corridor form:

Check out our Wildlife Corridor (AKA Habitat Corridor):  West Cook Wild Ones Corridor Map

Conference 2017 News

Save the Date: February 11,2017

We're in the planning stages of the conference featuring Rick Darke (co-author of The Living Landscape with Doug Tallamy) and Heather Holm (Pollinators of Native Plants).  Doug Tallamy told us WHY we should plant native plants; Rick Darke will tell us HOW we can use them in our landscapes.  Heather Holm brings a deep understanding to native bees and their needs and an equally deep knowledge of the plants they depend upon. 

Upcoming Events:

September 11, 2016 (Noon to 3 pm): We will be at Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest, IL for their Monarch Migration Celebration.  Come see us!

October 16, 2016 (2:30-4:30 PM):  The Power of Observation: Making and Keeping a Nature Journal/Sketchbook by Sallie Wolf


In Case You Missed It
A couple of interesting posts from social media (don't forget to follow us if you haven't):

Thanks for your time and for your support of Wild Ones. You are receiving this e-mail because you signed up at a meeting, event, or a table, or accepted marketing through the plant sale website.

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