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Upcoming WPPC Events

What's going and what's not this spring.

Virtual Spring Garden Walk: Since we were not able to have our Spring Garden Walk we’ve done the next best thing and that is to video the walk so you could still enjoy it. Thanks to Randy and Nancy Schietzelt for allowing us to tour their wonderful property and give us a tour of the many great spring wildflowers to be found there. Enjoy!

 

Future Garden Walks:  This year’s walk at the Groat property on June 20th is cancelled.  Look for a virtual yard walk video near the end of June when more plants are in bloom.  We hope to conduct some walks in person this summer, but it will depend on whether and when large gatherings are permitted.  Click the button below for more information on this summer’s yard walks.

Natural Garden in Your Yard:  We will conduct our native plant garden mentoring program this year!  If you would like some help planting a garden full of native plants in the spring of 2021, please send in a Mentoring Application.  We will contact you toward the end of the summer with more 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

Cedar Waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum

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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