Find out about our latest events, ongoing projects, and how you can get involved with the Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee!

Upcoming WPPC Events

What's going and what's not this summer and fall.

Walk on the Wild Side:  The August 8th garden walk at the home of Dorothy and Joe Robin will take place as scheduled!  This fantastic property includes a pond and a variety of plants native to our local woodlands, wetlands and prairies.  We will observe social distancing guidelines and masks will be required to participate.

Virtual Garden Walk: Since we were not able to have our early summer garden walk we’ve done the next best thing which is to video the walk so you could still enjoy it. Thanks to Debbie Groat for allowing us to tour her wonderful property and give us a tour of the many great wildflowers, shrubs and trees to be found there. Enjoy!

Natural Garden in Your Yard:  We will conduct our native plant garden mentoring program this year.  If you would like some help planning a garden to be planted in the spring of 2021, please send in a Mentoring Application.  We will contact you toward the end of the summer with details.  Check out the Mentoring Page for information on the program.

LATEST NEWS

Common Evening Primrose

Oenothera biennis

Evening Primrose is a biennial Illinois native plant that can be up to 7 feet tall but is usually around 4 feet. there is usually a central stem with alternate leaves but sometimes can have multiple stems having a bush-like appearance.  The light or olive green leaves are up to 8″ long and 2″ wide. The flowers can be about 4″ wide and open in early evening and last until the next morning usually done before noon. On cloudy day they can last longer. Flowers have a lemony scent and bloom from mid-summer into fall.

The plant prefers full sun, average moisture and sandy soil but will tolerate other growing conditions often found in disturbed areas. The plant forms a stubby rosette during the first year, but becomes tall during the second year when it flowers, sets seeds and then dies.

Source: illinoiswildflowers.info

Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants will be the next Chicago Living

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The McHenry County Department of Health has published a Tick Awareness Flyer

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The next webinar for Chicago Living Corridors is scheduled for July 22 at 7:00

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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