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 »
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CAMPTON HILLS, IL Reservations for Garfield Farm Museums 29th annual Prairie, Woodlands, and Wetlands Management Seminar to be held on Saturday, February 22nd from 8:30 am-4:30pm are now being taken. From backyard gardeners, home owner associations to owners of natural area acreage, this seminar covers all the key methods and techniques of preserving and using… Read more »
Are you longing for Spring flowers? Turn your dreams into garden plans. We have a great line-up of workshops and presentations to recommend that will inspire you and provide you with the skills you need to be successful with native plants. Learn from the experts how you can be part of the movement to… Read more »
For those of you who want to help out the pollinators this year and always get confused when at the garden store: an app to help you know what to buy. The Bee Smart Pollinator Gardener is your comprehensive guide to selecting plants for pollinators specific to your area. Never get caught wondering what… Read more »
Stephen Packard is for the birds. And we mean that in the best possible way. The founding director of Audubon Chicago Region and one of the most highly respected nature advocates in the Midwest will appear at Dominican University on Sunday, January 19, to speak about growing native plants in your yard to enjoy more… Read more »
Wonderful interview–a complex definition of what is native; tongue in cheek discussion about why “retirement is bad for the environment” (an argument for those untended areas in your manicured gardens/yards are essential); Dr. Burrell’s “hyper-ecological aggregator” garden; pest pressures in gardens that lack diversity, etc.
It is often said of both children and gardens that to have them is to show hope for the future. Some area teachers, parents, and organizations are demonstrating this hope two-fold as they plan outdoor learning classrooms that have wildlife habitat gardens as centerpieces. Outdoor learning is gaining momentum across the nation, recently led by… Read more »
Deb’s Big Backyard goes on the road to chat with our amazing Board Member, educator and a self taught butterfly expert, Stephanie Walquist. Watch as she shows how she created her certified butterfly garden.