Posts By: stephaniewalquist

Loving on our volunteers!

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What does it take to move 11,500 plants? Then organize them into 629 orders for 500 people? A lot of dedicated volunteers in a well-organized system! (Other fun facts: 580 milkweed plants of different species; 100 asters and 250 goldenrods-yay! Good news for pollinators in the fall.) There would be no West Cook Wild Ones… Read more »

Garden for Nature Grantee Experience

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West Cook Wild Ones Native Garden Grant By Barbara Rose Reprinted with permission from [email protected] Cook County’s Fall Newsletter When West Cook Wild Ones announced a new grant program in January 2020 to engage young people in native gardening, few guessed the challenges ahead.  By the time the ground had thawed, Chicago-area gardeners were sheltering… Read more »

New Year’s Resolutions West Cook Wild Ones Style

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Monarch on child's finger

New Year’s Resolutions West Cook Wild Ones Style –By Byron Lanning New Year’s resolutions don’t always need to be about self-improvement. How about some planet-improvement resolutions? For instance, readers of the New York Times sent in their ideas for resolutions to help the planet. Here are some West Cook Wild Ones’ resolutions for planet Earth…. Read more »

Announcing: Recipients of Garden for Nature Grant

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Announcing: Recipients of Garden for Nature Grant West Cook Wild Ones launches its 2020 Garden for Nature program by announcing grants totaling more than $4,500 to 14 nonprofit and public organizations in the Chicago area. About the grant and the process: Garden for Nature funds projects mainly in western Cook County that engage young people… Read more »

5 Reasons Why Edible Gardens Need Native Plants

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5 Reasons Why Edible Gardens Need Native Plants by Stephanie W We often get asked if it’s ok to grow natives with edibles, and the answer is yes, as that’s what many of us native gardeners have been implementing with great success.  In fact, on a larger scale, many farmers are beginning to experiment with… Read more »

2021 Garden for Nature Grant Program

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pollinators on flowers

Calling local non-profits and organizations! We are excited to announce our Garden for Nature Grant Program. This grant is for those who would like to improve the environment and engage the public through a native plant garden.  If you are part of a local non-profit that wishes to connect young people and nature, there is no… Read more »