Boost Next Year’s Biodiversity: Eco-Sensitive Clean-up

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Date(s) - 10/18/2015
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The Priory, Room 259, Dominican University


Program description:

If you’ve been doing the trendiest type of gardening–wildlife habitat, pollinator gardens, butterfly gardens–you may have heard about different approaches to conventional garden clean-up which destroys all of the overwintering beneficial insects and removes all of the organic matter from your garden.  This presentation will pull together the life cycles of our most common and beneficial insects, birds, as well as a discussion of some soil biology.

We will discuss why we should alter our fall and spring clean-up practices, address misconceptions, hesitations, and strategies for eco-sensitive maintenance.

Stephanie Walquist wears many different wings for West Cook Wild Ones and has been butterfly gardening for 12+ years (well-received butterfly gardening presentation available).   The many species of butterflies she has raised have been some of her greatest teachers.


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