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Upcoming WPPC Events

The next Walk on the Wildside is June 27.

Garden Walk Sunday June 27, 2pm & 4pm, The home of Lisa and Christopher Maier, 1508 Poplar Street, Holiday Hills, IL  60051:

Lisa Maier and her husband, Christopher, have been working to naturalize their quarter acre lot since they moved in eight years ago. Lisa’s passion for birds and fascination with the interconnected relationship between birds, insects, and plants has been the driving force behind her yard’s design as she aims to create a hot spot for birds, pollinators and other wildlife. In 2016, Lisa and her husband, purchased two lots totaling 1/2 acre down the street from their home that they named Twin Oaks after the two large Bur Oaks that graced the property. They have since worked to naturalize the lawn- dominated site by planting a variety of native flora, removing invasive species and practicing ecologically sustainable practices.
Both their yard and Twin Oaks are used to teach and inspire the surrounding community on how a small suburban yard can be a sanctuary for birds, insects and wildlife. The combined sites contain around 165 species of native flowers, grasses, trees and shrubs. The sites also supported 135 species of birds, eight species of bumblebees (including Rusty-patched bumblebees, for the last several years), and other native bees and a variety of moths, butterflies and other insects.  Two walk times (2pm & 4pm) will be offered.  No registration required–just show up!
Directions: Entrance to our village is Sunset Dr. located off of River Rd. (near Lily Lake Rd.) Stay on Sunset Dr. until reaching the second stop sign, Lilac St. and turn left. Turn right on first road, Poplar St. I is the first house on the right. Cars can pull over partly onto the shoulder and park down the block.

Plant Sale:  We made the difficult decision to cancel our 2021 plant sale after losing access to our venue.  We will be back with a wide variety of high-quality native plants for sale on May 1, 2022.  Look to us for natives for your wetland, woodland or prairie garden.

Mentoring Program:  Would you like some help establishing a garden full of native plants in your yard?  Since 2005 our mentors have helped nearly 300 homeowners establish native gardens.  Whether you have a sunny, shaded or moist spot, we’ll help you with both garden design and the plant order.  We are an organization of volunteers, so there is no charge for this program other than the discounted price you pay for the plants.  Applications are due August 1 for this year’s program.

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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

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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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