Archives of Community

Peter Glaser, organizer of the Civic Center garden neighborhood crew

Neighbors adopt Civic Center garden

A group of neighbors has come together to care for the demonstration garden in front of the Morton Civic Center. The garden was planted in June as part of the City’s North Shore Channel Habitat Project. More than 50 varieties of native wildflow...
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Looking over the channel from Twiggs Park

National Night Out at Twiggs Park

With initial clearing finished around the Twiggs Park overlook, the channel has once again come into view. During National Night Out yesterday evening, neighbors joined bird conservation expert Judy Pollock to see if they could spot one of the great ...
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Planting lizard's tail with Friends of the Chicago River

More habitat for water-dwellers

Friends of the Chicago River planted water willow and lizard's tail along the North Shore Channel banks in mid-July, to provide habitat for aquatic life and reduce impacts of flooding and erosion....
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Choosing trees and shrubs

Getting ready to order trees and shrubs

Site stewards have begun sourcing trees and shrubs for fall planting in the Ladd Arboretum and Twiggs and Harbert Parks, working with bird conservation expert Judy Pollock and a master plant list for the channel-side sites developed by Living Habita...
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Vince with Twiggs Park clearing volunteers

Community work day in Twiggs Park

On Saturday, the City of Evanston’s North Shore Channel Habitat Project brought together city staff and community volunteers to begin work in Twiggs Park. Volunteers from of the YMCA Camp Echo Alumni network, Twiggs Park Neighbors for Peace Blo...
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Rescuing plants from Schaumberg garden


Neighbors near and far have been generous not only with their time, but also with their plants. Last week, the latest contributions came from Dennis Paige, who had worked to assemble more than 175 species of native woodland, mesic, and wet prairie pl...
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Arboretum volunteers

Repurposing Norway maples

Volunteers started clearing invasive Norway maples in the Ladd Arboretum this week and, with the help of a city crew, put them to use as edging for a section of the gravel path. Norway maples are tough trees that were once widely planted along stree...
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Planting by canoe with Friends of the Chicago River

Working from the water

Friends of the Chicago River were out today planting water willow and lizard’s tail along a stretch of the North Shore Channel as it passes through the Ladd Arboretum. Water willow (Justicia americana) and lizard’s tail (Saurus cernuus) a...
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Volunteers help mulch shrubs at the Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary

At work in the Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary

The Northwestern University athletic department staff came out  yesterday to help mulch young trees and shrubs in the city’s new lakefront bird sanctuary. Steward Julie Dorfman demonstrates on a young blackhaw viburnum. The sanctuary was offic...
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Planting saplings in the arboretum

Celebrating May Day in the Ladd Arboretum

Dozens of community members came to the Ladd Arboretum on May 1st to help plant saplings of native trees and shrubs—a gift from the National Wildlife Federation's Trees for Wildlife program. ...
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