Plant Sale Pre-order Until April 15th
Plant sale pre-ordering is about to end, and there are limited quantities of certain plants. Don't forget! Wild Ones members receive a discount of 10%; use this discount code at checkout: MEMSAVE10. Browse and shop here: https://wild-ones-west-cook.myshopify.com
Plant pick-up is May 14. Time is tentatively scheduled for 11-3 at Euclid Methodist Church’s parking lot, 405 S Euclid Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302. Please e-mail us if you need to make some arrangements for pick-up.
We will have some plants available for purchase at the pick-up date, but types and quantities will be limited because we can't return what we don't sell.
New!! You asked, and we responded. Available on our site are potential garden plans using plants from our sale. Woodland, Butterfly, Basic Native Garden, are a few suggested plans. You can use the plans as is, consult with your landscaper or garden coach, or adjust as needed. http://westcook.wildones.org/plantsale/
April 17 Program: Native Orchids of Illinois, Kathleen Garness
April 17, 2016 2:30-4:30 PM. Room 259, The Priory, 7200 W Division St., River Forest, IL
Many people are completely unaware of Illinois’s incredible biological diversity, and its national and international leadership role in conservation. Kathleen will present an overview of all of Illinois’s native orchid species with some considerations about their conservation and future as "canaries in the coal mine" of habitat and surface water quality.
Kathleen Garness has been studying and illustrating orchids - native and tropical - for decades. Her artwork has been exhibited widely and her articles published in many venues, including Chicago Wilderness Magazine, Smithsonian in Your Classroom, and Keys to Nature - Orchids on the Field Museum website. Kathleen brings both an artist’s and a natural areas steward’s perspective to native orchid conservation.
Free and open to the public. Park on the east side of The Priory and enter through the door on the east. Follow the hallway to the end, turn left, and follow that hallway. Turn right up the stairs (or go straight to the elevator), and head up to the second floor.
For the accessibility entrance, enter through the south doors. There is an elevator, which goes to the second floor. Exit the elevator and turn left for Room 259.
Photo: Kathleen Garness
Highlights of our February Lecture: All About Ants
Dr. Sean Menke gave a talk to a full house of 40 enthusiastic listeners. We found out many interesting facts about ants, and many people had questions.
Here are some of the interesting facts we learned on our way to becoming amateur myrmecologists:
- 16,000 species of ants
- 131 species known to exist in Illinois
- Ants are ecologically important as they redistribute nutrients to plants and aerate the soil
- 75% of forest plants rely on ants to move their seeds around
- Ants love to feed on sugary and fat foods, just as humans do
Dr. Menke recommended the following book if you want to learn more about ants:
Journey to the Ants by E..O. Wilson and Bert Holldobler
If you want to find an ongoing online source of information on ants, the University of Illinois Extension provides a site on Scoop-It that is updated regularly with hundreds of facts and articles about ants...
Reminder of Save the Prairie Society Event: Joel Greenburg Will Present "Contested Ground: The Changing Flora & Fauna of the Chicago Region"
Tuesday, April 12 at 7 pm.
For more information: visit http://savetheprairiesociety.org/