Volunteers Needed for Plant Sale Pick-Up, June's Program, Spring Festival and more...



Plant Sale Pick-Up is Approaching: May 14th, 11-3 PM 

Euclid Methodist Church’s parking lot,
405 S Euclid Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302.

Enter from  Washington one block east of Oak Park Ave.
Click here for map

Please bring boxes,trays, or bags to carry your plants home.

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.  

If you buy more plants than you pre-ordered on the day of the sale, you can pay with check, cash, or credit card.  



Here is the chance you have been waiting for to help West Cook Wild Ones grow and be able to offer more  programs. Choose your shift and what you want to do and a thank you gift.  Just CLICK HERE for our easy to use form.


June 12 Program:  

Rare Plants and Unique Natural Areas of Illinois, Presented by Christopher David Benda

Yellow Trout Lily - Erythronium americanum Sunday June 12, 2016  2:30-4:30 pm. Room 259, Dominican Priory,7200 W. Division St., River Forest, IL 

Program description:  Illinois has a landscape that has mostly been converted to agriculture and urban areas.  Yet within this matrix of development lie pristine natural areas, refuges for rare biota.  Join Illinois Native Plant Society President Chris Benda as he presents the many rare plant species known from the numerous and unique natural areas of Illinois.

Christopher David Benda earned his B.S. in Biology from Winona State University in 2002 and an M.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign in 2007.  Currently, he is a plant ecologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey.  He also teaches local flora at Southern Illinois University and is president of the Illinois Native Plant Society.  Chris leads many nature hikes and teaches several botany courses.  He can be found online under the moniker “Illinois Botanizer.”

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.  


Highlights of our April Lecture:  
Native Orchids of Illinois, Kathleen Garness

Even though the weather was beautiful, people left their gardening to hear Kathleen  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.

Did You Know:
--Native orchids are one of two of the largest families of plants in the world
--They were discovered on earth from 85 to 100 million years ago
--There are over 50 species of native orchids in IL
--There are 42 of these species in the Chicago area              
--25% are listed as endangered species
--Native orchids are threatened by invasive plants
--Native orchids are sensitive to nitrogen, one reason many are disappearing as nitrogen fertilizer blows in the wind
--Native orchids are completely dependent on mycorrhizal fungi

Kathleen's Recommendations for more Information:                                        Photo: Kathleen Garness
North American Orchid Conservation Center
Orchids of Indiana by Michael A. Homoya
Orchids of the Western Great Lakes Regions by Frederick W.  Case Jr.

Where to Buy:
Great Lakes Orchids
Vermont Ladyslipper Company


 Highlights of our March Lecture:  Focus on Bats  

Sara Rose, Naturalist from the Cook County Forest Preserve District Trailside Museum, gave a most interesting talk on our "Flying Mammal" pollinators and stalkers of the night.  Here are some of the main points of her lecture.
  1. Only mammals that can fly and use echolocation to hunt insects
  2. 1200 species worldwide, 35 found in the US, 12 found In IL
  3. Bats account for 20% of the worlds mammals
  4. 70% are insectivores, 30% eat fruit
  5. Eat insects at night, one every 2 seconds
  6. Can consume 3,000 insects per night--PREFER MOSQUITOES
Bat Conservation International
Live Science Facts About Bats

National Wildlife Federation

Relevant Reading 

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16 Invasive Plants NOT to Buy at the Garden Center
Relearning to Garden (or Unlearning Conventional Gardening Practices)

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