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Checking to see how the Civic Center garden weathered the winter

Getting ready for spring

City crews have cut back the Civic Center garden, and Doug and Peter stopped by the other day to see how the plants had weathered the winter months....
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Photographer Fran Morel shares tips for photographing birds

Partnership with Quest4Earth takes flight

Bird conservationist Judy Pollock and nature photographer Fran Morel joined a group of animated fifth-graders on Saturday for an exploration of birds in our community. The group meets every other Saturday throughout the school year. The hands-on prog...
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Buckthorn ready for chipping at Harbert Park

Phased out

We opened up a new front yesterday toward the south end of Harbert Park. There's a wooded area there that's frequented by migratory birds. ...
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View from Harbert Deck

Settling in for the winter

Volunteers took a moment to enjoy the view from the Harbert Park overlook deck today and imagine what it will look like next summer when new shrubs have settled in and put on some new growth. With buckthorn cleared and leaves down, there is a clear v...
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Ellen and Jack Donovan clearing buckthorn in the arboretum

Back to the buckthorn

As most of our native trees are losing their leaves, non-native buckthorn and bush honeysuckle stand out with their dark green foliage, making this an ideal time for identifying them—and cutting them down. This winter, we plan to continue clearing ...
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Civic Center Garden September sunflowers

For the birds

Fall migration is winding down, and our planting sites along the North Shore Channel look raw. But if all goes well, by next fall, migrating birds will find an even more welcoming stopover place here in Evanston as they pass through on their way sout...
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Y.O.U. group after Harbert planting

Planting the sun and the moon

“I love getting dirty!” Just what we like to hear when a group of young people come out to work on the channel project. Armed with trowels and abundant energy, a Y.O.U. afterschool group from Edison Elementary joined us Thursday to plant ...
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Weeding the Civic Center garden

Messiness is beautiful

Habitat gardens like the one in front of the Civic Center can look messy to those of us who grew up with trimmed hedges and bright annuals—until you get to know and appreciate the beauty behind the messiness. Stewards have been spading around the e...
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Planting at the Ladd Arboretum

A perfect day for planting

Community members came out today to  help plant wildflowers and grasses in the Ladd Arboretum’s new sun garden. The planting was part of Evanston’s local Oaktober celebration, held each year to raise awareness of the importance of oaks a...
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