The Naturally Beautiful Garden Conference

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The Naturally Beautiful Garden  Conference February 11, 2017

Award-winning landscape architect Rick Darke, co-author with Douglas Tallamy of Living Landscape: Design for Beauty and Biodiversity, and Heather Holm, author of Pollinators of Native Plants, will lead a half-day workshop on how to design home landscapes that not only look beautiful but also support the surrounding regional ecosystem. 

Scientists tell us that our regional ecosystem is under threat. Climate change and land development are stressing nature like never before in our lifetimes. Many native midwestern bee species are in decline from local habitats (http://www.xerces.org/pollinator-redlist/). Invasive buckthorn is the most common tree in metro Chicago (“Urban Trees and Forests of the Chicago Region”).

What can we do? Homeowners and other private land owners can help heal nature by choosing native plants in our landscapes. This Naturally Beautiful Garden conference provides practical advice on creating stunning home gardens using layers found in native ecosystems. These layers support life: soil organisms, insects, birds and more.

First, Darke will lead the audience in an entertaining discussion of the layers of native ecosystems (ground, forbs, grasses, shrubs, small trees, large trees), and how home gardeners can use the layers in eye-catching, beautiful ways. Next, he will give advice on easy ways to maintain a native home landscape. Then, Holm will describe the habitat and food needs of birds, bees and pollinators, and advise how to support their life cycles by planting specific native trees and shrubs.

Learn how you can surround yourself with life and beauty in your garden and landscape!

This conference is made possible thanks to West Cook Wild Ones members, our plant sale, and Oak Park River Forest Communityworks Foundation.  It is hosted by Triton College Sustainability Center

For For more information and to purchase your tickets, see the West Cook website.

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