Save the Date: September Shrub and Tree Sale, Hosted by Green Community Connections
Green Community Connections, one of our partner organizations, is doing 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.
Why plant shrubs and trees?
If you were at our conference and have read Doug Tallmy's books (www.bringingnaturehome.net), then you know that woody species support many more types of insects than do herbaceous plants (perennials).
Why plant something that supports insects?
The linchpin question! Did you know most insects are beneficial or just benign for humans? Depending on who you read, 96-99% of insects are ones we want around. It's the other small percentage that pose a problem, and with our current landscaping practices of planting non-native plants and destructive clean-up practices (which removes overwintering insects), and indiscriminate pesticide use, the insects that survive are the pesky if not dangerous ones.
Why plant native plants in general?
This article gives a concise summary of a few salient studies along with a reference section: http://beautifulnativeplants.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-science-behind-our-commitment-to.html
Dr Tallamy's Top 10 List:
Tallamy's ecological heavyweights:
Photo: Elderberry Shrub. read about it here at IL Wildflowers
Reminder July 17 Program: Does LaBagh Matter? Ecological Restoration and Natural Communities
2:30-4:30 PM, Room 259, The Priory, 7200 W. Division St., River Forest, IL
Presented by Jeff Skrentny, one of the volunteer leaders of the restoration team, has been photo-documenting what calls LaBagh home and what is returning to LaBagh to make it home. You can read more here and get parking/accessibility information: http://westcook.wildones.org/events/labaghwoods/
Let’s explore LaBagh together, through photos, just what birds, plants, animals, and what other creatures and organisms we have discovered at LaBagh the last few years, as well as investigate the invasive plants, and other factors, that threaten them. Once you see what LaBagh is home to, you can answer the question yourself: Does a place like LaBagh matter?
A Couple Spots Left:
Show Me/Help Me's are like a micro garden tour. Come visit Stephanie Walquist's native gardens (about 120 species) which are home to many different kinds of fascinating insects, particularly butterflies and bees such as this Megachile bee, which might be Megachile campanulae campanulae, a species that specializes on plants like this American Bellfower. It is not accident that such bees are in her yard. It's a combination of native plants and eco-sensitive clean-up practices because bees like this nest and overwinter in stems.
Our First Show Me/Help Me: July 24, 2-4 PM
We will explore and see what we can find and work on identification of plants and insects. If there's interest, she can even go into how she raises the different kinds of butterflies and moths that visit her yard. Space is limited to 10 participants. Children welcome and encouraged to come. RSVP here and the address will be sent to you: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1riBkF4cC2sad1OQKHvVL2Gvpy6UCzjS6PZE3v3YYEeg/edit
We need you! Even more important, the environment needs you! We are deliberating about a Conference for 2017 but need to assemble a committee. Would you like to help? E-mail your interest to Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also looking for a couple more people to help us at Oak Park's Thursday Night Out on July 21st. Help the environment by assisting people in sorting compostables, recyclables, and landfill into the appropriate receptacles and by spreading awareness about native plants. You get free admission and a $16 booklet toward food and drink at this great event. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044ca8ae23a7fe3-thursday1
We would love someone to help table at Berwyn Farmer's Market July 24, 9 AM to I PM. E-mail: email@example.com
Summary Early July Events
July 4th Oak Park Parade
We had another great year marching (perfect weather for it) and had many eager homes for our milkweed seedballs and seedlings.
Oak Park Conservatory Special Social and Tour
We are grateful to have been able to spend some time purely socializing and talking in order to get to know some of our members and supporters better. We send a Silphium-sized thank you to Patti Staley, Director of Horticulture, of the Oak Park Conservatory. She led us on an informative tour of the three showrooms, one of which has been aligned with a Mediterranean climate to be more sustainable in its use of water and energy. Even with the plants that are in the conservatory and are not native to IL, they educate the public about the ecological roles these plants play elsewhere, which is something that seems to be missing from most conservatories.
If you haven't seen the native plantings, you should go and see the many beauties showcased there. Queen-of-the Prairie is in full bloom, happy in its spot out front. The grasses are marvelous, and the bioswales along the side street are beautiful and functional as well. Rattlesnake Master which is in the exploratory garden is blooming too. What a rare treat for the public to see these iconic prairie plants up close and personal. It's a great way to connect to our local natural history.
We also had some delicious food and drinks provided by Sugar Beet Co-op, Geppetto's Pasta and Pizza, Hemmingway's Bistro, 6978 Soul Food, Grape Leaves, Spiced and Infused, and Todd and Holland Tea Merchants. Thank you for helping us have a great time!
Photo: Kevin McCarey
August 21 Program: Sustainable Landscape Design: Presented by Denise Sandoval of Good Natured Landscapes, a member AND board member of DuPage Wild Ones. Program Details: http://westcook.wildones.org/events/sustainable-landscape-design/