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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, an area behind the Ecology Center where non-native and invasive trees have been cleared to create a sunny patch where prairie plants will t...
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Black walnut shells at the Ladd Arboretum

Black walnuts

It seems to be a mast year for the black walnut tree in this area, and the squirrels have been taking advantage of the abundance. Squirrels help to spread walnuts, and several can be spotted along the channel banks where we are working....
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A 1903 pamphlet from the Illinois Equal Suffrage Association

Who was Harbert?

What does Harbert Park have to do with the right to vote?  It's named for suffragist and early Evanstonian Elizabeth Boynton Harbert (1843-1925)....
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Judy Pollock ponders a buckthorn thicket

What goes and what stays?

The overlook deck at Harbert Park has been cleaned and repaired, and we’re ready to start preparing the site around it for planting this fall. What will we do when volunteers arrive tomorrow morning? In a setting like this, some things are obvi...
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