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The WPPC’s Next Walk on the Wild Side is Sunday, July 21, 2024 at 11am & 2pm!

Our next walk will be at Native’s Haven Nursery on Sunday, July 21, 2024 at 11am and 2pm. Native’s Haven owners, Bill and Terrie Warzecha, describe the work that transformed their 6-1/4 acre property from a farm field to a series of native plant gardens:  We researched and studied all about native plants and networked with native plant experts (like the wonderful WPPC and TLC members).  Our vision was to create a nursery where you would be able to observe native plants available for retail purchase in a natural setting.  We also wanted to feature formal beds landscaped in a way to provide design ideas to showcase how native plants can be used even in smaller settings, such as subdivisions or urban properties with minimal garden space, where a more manicured look is desired.  In 2016, we opened the doors to Natives Haven Nursery!  Throughout the nursery, we placed signs in beds containing information on the plants’ characteristics, such as native range, sunlight and water requirements.  These signs also include fun facts on how early Native Americans used the native plants for medicine, clothing and shelter.  Several plants on the property are on the federally threatened or endangered lists.  Stroll the meandering paths surrounded by wildflower display beds. A large pond with a fountain is nestled in between. Along the way, sit at one of our many benches where you are encouraged to watch or just listen to the birds and pollinators. It is soothing to the soul! You will be astounded at the numbers of birds, butterflies and pollinators these native plants attract!

Guided tours will begin at 11am and 2pm.  The walk is free of charge and no pre-registation is required.  For more information, photos and directions, please see the event listing13809 Durkee Rd, Harvard.  Please park on Durkee Road.

Top 10 Things New Native Gardeners Need to Know

Watch an inspiring presentation that will encourage people new to native gardening or give the already convinced some new ideas. This was a zoom presentation given on March 3rd, 2022 entitled “Top 10 Things New Native Gardeners Need to Know” by Ken Williams. Enjoy!  Click here for video.

If you would like to learn how to plant a native garden in your yard, you can contact Kris Hall at

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Promoting the use of native plants in the landscape through preservation, propagation, and education
Advocating the conservation of open space, natural landscapes, wildlife habitat, scenic resources, and water in McHenry County and neighboring areas for the benefit of the general public
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