Posts Categorized: Types of Gardens

Two Simple, Easy, and Natural Steps for Summer Habitat Garden Maintenance

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Summer is almost here, and plants are up.  You’ve been a good dooby and left some stems standing to provide habitat/nesting areas for cavity-nesting bees (such as Mason Bees and tiny Carpenter bees).  Maybe you’re also worried about pulling weeds and not sure how best to handle the situation.  Here are some quick and easy… Read more »

Local Schools Plant Habitat Gardens

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May has been an especially hopeful month this year with all of our young people getting involved in making a big difference for the environment.  In Oak Park and River Forest, local schools have been busy planning, researching, and planting their native plants to support biodiversity and learning. Dominican University recently put in a large… Read more »

Notes from Judith Pollock’s Presentation on Attracting Migratory Birds

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Native Plantings to Attract Migratory Birds After a little good-natured group tribute to Doug Tallamy, Judy Pollock told us about the real conservation work we can do.  Where?  Not in faraway places at all but simply in our own yards.  In Judy’s own yard in Evanston, IL, she has observed 125 migratory species in her… Read more »

Top 10 Native Plants for Full Sun

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Top 10 Native Plants from West Cook Wild Ones   West Cook Wild Ones has created the following list to help out anyone who is new to native plants and is unsure of where to begin their efforts.  Below is a list of plants that we have found easy to grow (as long as they… Read more »

Deer Resistant Plants

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Deer Resistant Plants We’ve been asked a few times about deer-resistant plants, and we’ve done some research and have compiled the below list sorted by sun requirements. To assemble the document we cross-referenced from different sources that report these native plants as being deer resistant.  Sources include personal experiences from prairie restorationists, Prairie Moon Nursery,… Read more »