Birds, Bees, and Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour, Saturday, July 27, 2024


Celebrate the Year of the Butterfly –
Tour 9 Lively Native Gardens on July 27!

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Discover the beauty, versatility and dependability of native plants. Tour 9 colorful, life-filled gardens in Oak Park and Berwyn, Illinois, during our annual Birds, Bees & Butterflies Native Garden Tour July 27, 2024 from 1 to 5 p.m.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

Meet passionate and knowledgeable home gardeners who have been experimenting with and observing native plants for many years. They’ll guide you through their gardens and answer your specific questions about native gardening.

  • You’ll learn about sustainable landscaping and rain gardens, and how they can reduce backyard flooding.
  • You’ll get to see gardeners’ favorite native plants and hear how they change throughout the seasons.
  • You’ll explore small gardens and large gardens, manicured looks and more carefree ones, and newly planted and mature established landscapes.

Whether you’re a beginning gardener or have more soil between your toes than you care to reveal, you’ll walk away with practical, hands-on tips you can apply to your own yard.

COST: This program is $12 for Wild Ones (any chapter) current members and $15 for non-members. Kids attend for free! Purchase your tickets here: Tickets. Become a member: Join.

TOUR MAP: Ticket holders will receive a tour map two days before the event. We recommend biking or driving; the locations are spread among four nearby communities this year.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT! Habitat loss is among the primary factors driving population declines of important local and migratory species. Each new native plant garden–no matter how small–can help support vital insects, birds and other wildlife. Learn about and help nurture the plants and animals that have lived here for thousands of years. At this tour, you’ll also learn about our upcoming Fall Native Tree and Shrub sale, where you can purchase good quality native plants at affordable prices. You can also join our West Cook Wildlife Corridor: more than 800 gardeners in the near-west suburbs have pledged to grow native plants in support of it. You can, too!

VOLUNTEER WITH US: You’ll receive a free tour ticket. Native Garden Tour Volunteer Sign-up.

BENEFITS OF NATIVE GARDENING: Discover the fun and satisfaction of native gardening. It’s high-performance yet lower-maintenance. Habitat loss is among the primary factors driving population declines of important local and migratory species. Each new native plant garden–no matter how small–can help support vital insects, birds and other wildlife.

Among the many benefits:

  • Eliminates the need for pesticides or expensive commercial fertilizers.
  • Reduces home energy consumption.
  • Reduces flooding after storms.
  • Decreases the need for sprinklers and other outdoor water use.
  • Combats climate change by helping capture carbon dioxide from the air and storing it in your soil.
  • Provides essential habitat for birds, bees, butterflies and threatened pollinators.
  • Offers fun for the whole family and all ages.