Sunday's Program on Trees & Shrubs; Field Museum in the 'Burbs; Garden Tour News
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Landscaping with Native Small Trees and Shrubs
Presented by Connor Shaw, Possibility Place

August 20, 2017, 2:30-4:30 PM
Maze Library, 845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park, IL

Your opportunity to get expert advice on trees and shrubs to fit the smaller yards of urban landscapes. Founder of Possibility Place Connor Shaw will discuss height, width, flower, seed, positive insects, fall color and winter structure, as well as cultural practices for planting Northeastern Illinois natives. Note new location. Learn more. 

Photo from Possibility Place: Blue Beech in fall finery

Save the Date!  September 30th Fall Native Tree and Shrub Sale

We're still working out the details about pre-ordering.  Once we have the specifics, we will send an e-mail. Let us know if there is anything you would like to see offered, and we'll see if we can add it.

Garden Tour Photos
Our native garden tour was a success! Thank you to all who attended and those who helped spread the word. Check out the photos members are sharing. Do you have photos from the tour? Share them! You can also see more pics at One Earth Film Fest's Facebook Page.
Gardening for the Community

Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory is looking for volunteers to help with plant care.

Lindberg Park Prairie Work Day
Tend to the natural planting areas at Lindberg Park, 1151 N. Marion Street on Friday, August 18, from 9-11:30am

Lindberg Sign-up

Taylor Fen Planting Work Day
Plant native plugs to the new fen addition on Friday, September 15, from 9am until 12pm at the Taylor Fen, 400 Division Street. 

Taylor Fen Sign-up
Also of Interest:
  • Join Field Museum scientists as they discuss how we can support nature in our own yards and communities: Field in the 'Burbs event
  • We now have our own Facebook group.  Ask questions/share information about native plant gardening and get information from our community.  WCWO Facebook Group
  • We just learned that the Village of Oak Park has a Monarch Page about its efforts to assist in the conservation of Monarchs.
  • Young Filmmakers Contest--let's get more young people involved in communicating the need to create and maintain biodiversity and environmental resilience through the use of native plants
  • The I Can Fly Leadership Youth Program was a huge bright spot this summer.  You can see an album on Green Community Connections Facebook page: GCC Album.  These young people prepared gardens and planted 10 Monarch Kits.  They also learned about the importance of growing food from Sugar Beet Schoolhouse.  The program also had a speaker series component, from which the youth learned so many other essential life and career skills. 
Join West Cook Wild Ones! 
Your membership supports speakers on a monthly basis, educational materials, and advocacy for public gardens. You get a 10% discount on plants. All memberships or donations are fully tax-deductible.  

Click here to join/renew:  Wild Ones Membership
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