Walk #2: McHenry County Planning & Development Administrative Center, host Scott Kuykendall, Water Specialist
In 2011, McHenry County converted areas of conventional turf grass near the entrance of the McHenry County Administrative Building to native plant species as part of xeriscaping and rain garden demonstration projects. The intention of the county is to provide an attractive landscape feature on publicly accessible property that showcases the beauty of native plants and inspires others to incorporate native plants into their own landscaping. In 2018 the Wildflower Propagation and Preservation Committee donated 300 plugs to increase the diversity. The high visibility of the native plantings at the entrance is an opportunity to educate the public on the importance of using native plants for the benefit they provide for both water retention and flood control. The gardens have become a pollinator haven!
Directions: Go north from Woodstock on Rt. 47. Pass the McHenry County Court House, Turn Right (east) onto Ware Rd. Building will be on the left.