Birds, Bees, and Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour, August 5

Birds, Bees & Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour, Sunday August 5

West Cook Wild Ones presents “Birds, Bees & Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour” in Oak Park and River Forest on Sunday, August 5, 1-4pm. 

Read the Press Release here: WCCO Native Garden Tour

Wilson's Warbler by Michael Woodruff

Wilson’s Warbler by Michael Woodruff .Many warblers are insectivores–no native plants=no insects=no warblers

Are you curious about native gardening?  Have you been longing to see some real, live examples and talk to the experienced gardeners who created them? You’ll have an opportunity to do just that on Sunday, August 5, 1-4 PM.

“Birds, Bees and Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour,” sponsored by West Cook Wild Ones offers you an opportunity to visit 15 private and public gardens in Oak Park and River Forest that are brimming with life and beauty. The host gardeners are excited to walk you through these treasured spaces. Each stop on the tour is unique, reflecting each gardener’s interests.

You’ll meet a mix of master gardeners, passionate hobbyists and professional landscapers who lovingly maintain these emerald places not only for their own enjoyment, but to contribute to the health of our local ecosystem. Bring your curiosity and your questions. Whether you are just getting started or have an established native garden of your own, new discoveries await you.

Photo collage from 2017 Native Garden Tour by Cassandra West.

You will learn more about what native plants are, how to grow them and how to include natives in your garden plans. The tour will include public and private native gardens at the peak of the season where you will see a how vital and attractive native plants are to birds, bees and butterflies. Unique plants for shade, sun, rain gardens, clay soil and other applications will be highlighted. Information will be offered for participants new to native gardening and ideas will be exchanged among experienced native plant gardeners.

To register, follow this link: Native Garden Tour Tickets Adult non-member tickets are $10; Wild Ones (any chapter, dues paid) member tickets are $7 until August 4, 2018. Kids 18 and under are free. Become a member by clicking here.

You can purchase tickets on the day of the event at the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park, IL. Prices: $12 non-members; $10 members.

Check out some pictures from last year’s tour: 2017 Garden Tour Padlet

Please contact pamtodd@me.com to learn more.

We also have volunteer opportunities: Native Garden Tour Volunteer Sign-up.

 

Feels like a prairie? Hard to believe you're in an urban yard! Yellow coneflowers, bee balm, cardinal flower create a rapturous scene!

Feels like a prairie? Hard to believe you’re in an urban yard! Yellow coneflowers, bee balm, cardinal flower create a rapturous scene. Photo: Pam Todd