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June 2024


Edibles & Natives: Incorporating Native Plants into Vegetable Gardens

Sunday, June 23rd, 2024
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Public Welcome Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Please join us on Sunday, June 23, 2024 at 2:30 pm for, "Edibles & Natives: Incorporating Native Plants into Vegetable Gardens," with Jeremy Ohmes of Wildwood Gardens.

Every garden deserves native plants, and that includes vegetable gardens. In this presentation we'll talk about why it's important to incorporate native plants into your edible garden. From attracting more pollinators and other beneficial insects to increasing water retention and improving soil, native plants are an edible garden's best friend and there's no reason not to grow them together. Natives! Edibles! Native Edibles! We'll discuss all of it!

Speaker Bio

Jeremy Ohmes is a Chicago-based gardener who believes gardens can be meaningful spaces for healing and connection. For many years, he stretched out his green thumb with vegetables and herbs and then he discovered the need for more backyard biodiversity. He planted native plants around his edibles and replaced his front lawn with a pollinator garden. He got some strange looks from his neighbors. But he also received a lot of interest from friends and curious passersby. In 2019 Jeremy started Wild World Gardens to share his love of gardening with others and to help them transform their landscapes into beautiful and beneficial ecosystems filled with food, medicine, habitat, and connections to local wildlife.

Wild World Gardens is a landscape design company focused on native plants, pollinator gardens, rain gardens, organic vegetable gardens, and therapeutic horticulture. We believe the most beautiful gardens are the most beneficial gardens—those that create habitat for wildlife, support the health of your local ecosystem, and nurture your well-being as well. We offer garden design, consultation, installation, and stewardship. We love transforming landscapes into sustainable, biodiverse sanctuaries filled with food, medicine, habitat, and connections to the creatures in your yard.

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July 2024


Birds, Bees & Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour

Saturday, July 27th, 2024
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Various Addresses in Oak Park and Berwyn, IL, Oak Park, IL Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Paid Event Home Garden Tour

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


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.

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