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Wild Ones West Cook adopted these updated Bylaws on April 12, 2023. We rely on them to help us with governing the chapter. Read them here.

Identifications for Targeted Invasive Plants for Trade-in Program

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West Cook Wild Ones Invasive Species Trade-In Program Identification Page This page will help you in identifying the invasive plants we are accepting for the trade-in.  These invasive species are of particular concern because they spread aggressively and degrade native habitats in various ways: they can crowd out native plants, inhibit understory growth, change soil chemistry, […]

Winter Sowing Resources from West Cook Wild Ones

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Winter Sowing Resources from West Cook Wild Ones Linda Walker and Stephanie Walquist It’s cold and snowy out, but you can still do some gardening and prepare for spring! Plant some seeds now, set them outside, and in the spring, you will have many new plants, either for free or for the cost of a […]

2022 Photo Contest Results

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We love to celebrate the beauty of native plants even in winter when most of us keep them standing for biodiversity and beauty. We’re sharing the winners of the contest in this post. Members, be on the lookout for our holiday card that features the winning photo.  In the meantime, enjoy these beautiful snapshots. As […]

Garden for Nature Grantee Experience

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West Cook Wild Ones Native Garden Grant By Barbara Rose Reprinted with permission from Conservation@Home 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 […]

Join West Cook Wild Ones and Win

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Joining Wild Ones West Cook chapter turns your concerns of biodiversity and sustainable environmentalism into local action. In 2020 alone, our plant sale brought native plants to 366 gardens, despite the pandemic. Our monthly programs and conferences spread awareness of native plants’ benefits and offer expert insights for experienced gardeners and nature-lovers. Through our grant […]

2019 Garden Tour

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Birds, Bees, and Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour Saturday, August 10, 2019 1:00–4:00 PM Are you curious about native plant gardening? Join us on Saturday, August 10, to see gardens brimming with life and beauty and talk with the gardeners who created them. Birds, Bees and Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour, sponsored by West Cook […]