January Program: Wintersowing
Plant last year's seeds. Grow this year's plants.
Come and put winter temperatures to good use as you learn how to sow seeds now for spring seedlings. Linda Walker will offer a hands-on workshop in wintersowing native seeds that need cold moist stratification to break their dormancy. Please bring washed plastic containers that have a top (e.g. salad clamshells, strawberry packages, deli containers, etc). We will have some soil and seeds to share, or bring your own. Be ready to get your hands dirty!
Wintersowing is an effective way to grow a lot of plants either for free or at low cost. We know that planting in drifts is best for aesthetic and for ecological purposes, and sowing many plants on your own is a great and fulfilling way to get your gardens "filled-in" and to have plenty of forage and cover for the beneficial animals that will find your yard.
Linda Walker is a long-time Wild Ones of DuPage Member. Her extensive native gardens are often featured in yard tours; she is an Illinois Certified Perennial Specialist and now focuses on native plants. Her certified nursery, Linda's Loves, is a wonderful resource for those who miss the spring sales of native plants. The proceeds all benefit non-profit work for youth social service projects in Myanmar.
Free and open to the public; no RSVP required. Children welcome (they always are).
When: January 18, 2015 2:30-4:30 pm
Where: Room 259, The Priory, Dominican University, 7200 W. Division (corner of Division and Harlem, right next to Priory Park, NOT on the main campus), River Forest, IL
Wild Things Conference
January 31, 2015 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, University of Illinois at Chicago--Student Center East
Wild Things is for volunteers, professionals and
anyone interested in local nature.
This day-long conference brings together the region’s best experts, professionals, dedicated volunteers, and all those who care about nature. Presentations and workshops will explore the latest in natural areas conservation and advocacy, wildlife protection and monitoring. The conference is for everyone from newcomers to experts. It showcases Chicago area places from backyards to refuges. There is special focus on empowering citizen scientists, stewards, and advocates with information, networking, and good ideas. Click to go to the website to view the schedule and to register: http://www.habitatproject.org/WildThings2015/
Pam Todd of West Cook Wild Ones and Ana Garcia Doyle of One Earth Film Festival will be co-presenting about our urban version of a wildlife corridor.