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Upcoming WPPC Events

2022's Next Walk on the Wild Side is Saturday, July 23 with Guided Walks at 10:00am and 11:45am

Walk on the Wild Side:  The WPPC’s July Walk on the Wild Side event will be hosted by Sarah and Scott Michehl on Saturday, July 23, 2022.   You’ll be able to explore a 1.25-acre yard in a residential neighborhood that has been converted from traditional non-native landscaping to majority native species. Sarah and Scott have lived at the property for 10 years with their two children and dog and have been removing invasive species and adding native trees, shrubs, and plants ever since. Formal front yard sun and shade gardens (HOA-friendly), foundation plantings, privacy hedgerows, lawn-to-prairie conversion, newly-planted ground cover gardens, and a 1/2-acre oak savanna restoration with a tiny creek will be visited.  Sarah has received much inspiration from our community and has a passion for blending the beauty of native plants in a formal setting with ecological function. Come hear the lessons learned (ugh bindweed is the worst), and see the projects-in-progress!   For more details and directions, see the event listingThe guided walks will begin at 10am and 11:45am.  Information on all of this year’s other walks can be found by clicking on the button below.  All walks are free of charge and no pre-registration is required.  They are all guided walks with the tours beginning at the posted times.  3117 Larkspur Dr, Crystal Lake.

Natural Garden in Your Yard:  If you’d like to plant a garden full of plants native to northern Illinois but aren’t sure where to start, we can help!  Our mentoring program is now taking applications for next year’s program.  Planning and plant selection will take place this fall so that gardens can be planted next spring.  The program will match you with an experienced native plant gardener who will help you design your garden.  There is no charge for the program other than the cost of the plants.  If this appeals to you, simply download the application and mail it in.  For more information on the program, check out the garden mentoring page.

Donations:    If you would like to make a donation, our mailing address is:

The WPPC c/o The Land Conservancy,  P.O. Box 352,  Woodstock, IL  60098

Please make the check out to the Land Conservancy and annotate in the memo that it’s for the WPPC.

 

Evening Zoom Seminar

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 NGYY@thewppc.org

The WPPC is proud to have been listed as a resource with the Homegrown National

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Walk on the Wild Side, The Property of Sarah & Scott Michehl, Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 10am

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Walk on the Wild Side, Christ the King Parish Natural Area, August 6, 2022, 10AM

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Walk on the Wild Side, Saturday, August 6, 2022, The Property of John & Caryn Shiel, 11:15am

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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
Engaging in and otherwise promoting the scientific study of and educating the public regarding local natural resources