Posts By: Stephanie

Native Pollinator Garden Basics for the Chicago Region

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Native pollinators take many forms, and all are very different from the European Honeybee, of which much has been studied and written.  Despite the many articles written about colony collapse, Honeybees will be just fine, and their issues are not ones of conservation, but instead are ones of domestic animal management. The animals we do… Read more »

Milkweed Cosmos

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Milkweed cosmos: A colony of milkweed is almost its own world.  Most of us have planted milkweed to attract and support the Monarch butterfly, but eventually the other insects that are dependent on it find our milkweed patches.   On the one hand, these bugs are just doing what they’re supposed to be doing–living off… Read more »

Citizen Science Projects

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Our June 25, 2017 program featuring Dr. Emily Minor (UIC Urban Ecologist) focused on the many citizen science projects available.  These are projects that include data/observations made by laypeople and can be used for research by scientists.     Citizen science may sound difficult, but it is really as easy as looking out your window… Read more »

Aphids: What to Do?

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  This post was written to address a question about aphids on milkweed.  Any of the steps would apply to aphids on any other type of plant, including edibles.  (Note the image at the top of the page is of a Lacewing adult, one of the beneficials that you want to attract and keep in your… Read more »

Native Plant Rescue–Schaumburg, IL

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Native Plant Rescue–Schaumburg, IL UPDATE: 6/29 Today is the last day of the rescue.   UPDATE: 6/23 The response to the rescue has been incredible and Dennis is heartened to know that his plants will find homes.  At this time, we can’t tell you exactly what plants are there and if you go, you would… Read more »

Beautifully Natural Garden Conference 2017

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Thank you to everyone who attended the conference.  We were pleased to be able to bring these two accomplished professionals to the Chicago area. Both of their messages were grounded in deep experience, were very practical, yet very inspiring.  Rick Darke’s lecture was a wonderful and rare mix of philosophy, reflection, practical how-to advice, and… Read more »