October 2013 Edition


October 2013 Edition


A note from our Chapter President

What a great time we had touring Cheney Mansion’s gardens with our host, Charlie Ruedebusch.  The 30 plus people who attended this event and the bike tour of native gardens afterward came away inspired by Charlie’s wide-ranging knowledge of the joys and benefits of native plants and his dedication to tending this beautiful landmark. Read on and find out how you can keep the inspiration going.



Some photos from the Green Living Tour



REMINDER – October Wild Ones chapter meeting

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Neafsey from Save the Praire Society in Westchester, IL will present to us at our next meeting on October 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm in Room 259 in the Priory on Dominican University’s campus (7900 W Division St, River Forest, IL).  There will be signs to direct us to correct building.

E.J. Neafsey was born and raised in Chicago (a northsider).  Recently retired from Loyola University, he taught Neuroscience to the medical students, was director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program, and did research on a variety of topics for 33 years.  He and his wife Shonagh have been volunteering at Wolf Road Prairie for 7-8 years and enjoy nature, including gardening, hiking, birding, and photography.

Dr. Neafsey will speak about the history of Wolf Road Prairie, its restoration, its plant and wildlife communities.  We are sure to be inspired to “bring nature home” after hearing about this important preserve.

If you were not able to make our meeting at the Green Community Connection’s event and would like to participate in a seed swap, please feel free to bring some seeds for exchange (bring pens and suitable material to hold seeds). For more information contact Pam Todd at 708-420-0170 or e-mail: [email protected].


Photo by Fidencio Marbella

Save the date : November 10, 2:30 – 4:30

Why Native Wildflowers? – An Introduction
Presented by Tim Lewis, President of Wild Ones national organization

Tim has been growing native plants in his yard since 1991. His yard contains over 100 species of native plants in prairie plots, rain gardens, and savanna and shade gardens.