Archives of Native plants

Weeding the Civic Center garden

Messiness is beautiful

Habitat gardens may look messy, but hidden among the browning vegetation are seeds and berries and bugs that are part of a complex web of life....
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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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Oaktober logo from Chicago Region Trees Initiative

A time to plant: Oaktober at the Ladd Arboretum

Oak Awareness Month each October is a statewide effort to raise awareness of the value of the region's native oak ecosystems. Oak trees are not only beautiful and long-lived—they also are the most important tree for birds and butterflies....
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Western sunflower (Helianthus occidentalis) in the Civic Center Bird Garden

Take a tour of the Civic Center bird garden

We created the bird habitat garden in Spring 2017 as the North Shore Channel Habitat Project kicked off as a vivid demonstration of the attractions of gardening with plants native to this region—and of the City of Evanston's commitment to expanding...
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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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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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Flats of plants for Civic Center garden

What are those plants in front of the Civic Center?

The new garden in front of the Civic Center demonstrates principles of bird-friendly landscape design. Plantings are layered—including tall trees, understory trees and shrubs, and wildflowers—and plant selection takes into account the timing of m...
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Concept plan for fall planting in the Ladd Arboretum

Selecting new plants for the arboretum

Even as we continue clearing invasives in the Ladd Arboretum, it’s time to order the plants that will go in this fall.  The stewards who have been working on the site are bringing to the task their collective knowledge of native plants, restor...
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