Posts By: Carolyn Cullen

Invasives Presentation Recap

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The Problem The topic of invasive plants can be a prickly one.  Burning Bushes, Barberry Bushes, Callery Pears, and Asian Honeysuckles are very popular landscaping choices as are the latest plants that the horticultural industry is selling, most of which have been imported from other continents solely for decorative purposes in a yard.  Invasives do… Read more »

Quick and Easy Newsletter Sign-up

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If you’d like to subscribe to our newsletter, simply click on the link and complete the short form. When we send out information about upcoming programs/events, you’ll receive it in your mailbox: West Cook Wild Ones Sign-up    

West Cook Wild Ones Wildlife Corridor

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West Cook Wild Ones Wildlife Corridor West Cook Wild Ones Wildlife Corridor Map–Watch It Grow Our goal is to gather pledges from at least two yards/landscapes (public or private) on every block between Thatcher Woods and Columbus Park.  To pledge your yard send an e-mail to [email protected] West Cook Wild Ones has been engaging residents… Read more »

Start-up Guide for Native Gardens in West Cook County

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Native Gardening Basics There are many ways to start using native plants in your garden. You can start to incorporate native plants into your existing landscape – or – you can start completely from scratch. First, make an assessment of the environmental conditions (shady or sunny, drainage, soil types, irrigation, etc.). Also, make an inventory… Read more »

“Jens Jensen The Living Green”

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Celebrate the urban conservation movement in one of the world’s most spectacular urban settings, Thursday, June 19. Join director Carey Lundin, WTTW program host and producer Geoffrey Baer, and planting designer of Chicago’s Lurie Garden, Piet Oudolf for the free Millennium Park premiere of “Jens Jensen The Living Green”(link to on The Screen at… Read more »


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Our First Native Plant Sale was a Great Success! Thanks to your enthusiastic participation, nearly 750 additional native plants will be growing in our communities this Spring!  The money we raised will provide resources to help us bring in expert speakers and create demonstration gardens in parks and schools.  Together we’re making the West Cook… Read more »

Ginger Brown, WIldOnes Membership Chair

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My life began in 1960 on an island in the Caribbean (St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands). Some of my happiest memories were of sitting in a tree and observing nature. When I moved to Oak Park I started gardening using cultivars. In 1998 my 100 year old Elm died and suddenly my front yard had… Read more »