Posts By: Carolyn Cullen

Call for Native Plant Gardens

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Call for Native Plant Gardens West Cook Wild Ones needs a few good gardens like yours. We are working hard to promote the value of gardening with native plants and to educate homeowners, condos, churches, schools, and businesses on how it is done. Like you, we believe that native gardens are beautiful islands of biodiversity… Read more »

Wild About Our Volunteers

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Wild About Our Volunteers Volunteers power our organization. Whether it’s helping with outreach (AnnMarie, Anne P, Candace), running and assisting with the yearly plant sale, maintaining public gardens (Laura, Byron), creating the newsletter, running the bi-annual conference, volunteers keep things humming along, and we are incredibly grateful for them. Here’s a spotlight on some of… Read more »

Standing for Science in Your Yard

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pollinators on flowers

West Cook Wild Ones loves science– scientists explain the world to us and impact many parts of our lives. One of these areas is our own yards or landscapes in which we we work or live.  Science is telling us that even if we are in an urban area, our yards are incredibly important, providing… Read more »

What’s in a Leaf Pile, Or Why Not to Do Fall Clean-up

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What’s in a Leaf Pile? A lot of potential for life is in a leaf pile. Many beneficial (and beautiful) insects overwinter in our yards. For instance, the Katydid (important food source for birds during late summer) and Preying Mantis overwinter as eggs attached to twigs, stems, and/or leaves. Ladybugs and Lacewings also spend the… Read more »

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. Despite the many articles written about colony collapse, Honeybees are not going extinct. Their issues are not ones of conservation, but instead are ones of domestic animal management. The animals we do need to be worried about are our native pollinators…. 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 »

Rethinking Spring Clean-up

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Hold your rake!  Clearing out your garden can backfire–you are removing the building blocks of soil and harming if not destroying beneficial insects that found a safe place in your garden during the winter.  You can learn more about some of these animals in this post: What’s in a Leaf Pile.   Read the below… Read more »

Donate to Support Our Work

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pollinators on flowers

Please Donate to Support Our Work WildOnes is a 501c(3) Not for profit organization. There is no other local organization quite like us.  We do a lot of education and outreach on a small budget.  Our income is comprised of a small percentage of membership fees from the National WO, a small amount through our plant… Read more »

Quick Tips to Tidy the Habitat Garden for Winter

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Quick Tips to Tidy the Habitat Garden We understand the difficult balance there can be between having a presentable garden and being ecologically friendly.  Although we tend to keep our own gardens through the winter, we still do a little trimming and thinning here and there.  Below are some of the strategies we use: If… Read more »

Green Guides: Native Gardens

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Green Guides Native Gardens Your garden can be attractive aesthetically and ecologically when you use native plants.  You can incorporate native plants into an existing garden, or you can create a garden from scratch. Below are the 4 steps to a native garden: Understand your site and select appropriate plants.  You need to know the… Read more »