Archives of Planning

June in the Civic Center Habitat Garden

Visualize green

With landscapes drained of color and temperatures plummeting, this is an ideal time to start planning for spring....
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Climate Action & Resilience Plan

Climate action from the ground up

Evanston City Council voted unanimously to adopt an ambitious Climate Action & Resilience Plan that makes Evanston the first city in Illinois to commit to achieving carbon neutrality. ...
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Pagoda dogwood in bloom

Plant lists for armchair gardeners

Days are growing longer, but winter is far from over, and it will be a while before we see our new plants in bloom. In the meantime, if you need a dose of green, or are looking for inspiration for your own garden plans, you might find ideas in these ...
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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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Choosing trees and shrubs

Getting ready to order trees and shrubs

We’ve begun sourcing trees and shrubs for fall planting in the Ladd Arboretum as well as areas of Twiggs and Harbert Parks. The order list is based on planning by arboretum stewards, working together with bird conservation expert Judy Pollock ...
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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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Turf removed in front of Civic Center, ready for planting

Turf grass removed to make way for native garden

City crews have prepared for installation of a demonstration garden in front of the Civic Center near the corner of Ridge and Leonard Place. A layered selection of native trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers has been designed to support birds, butterf...
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Checking soil on channel bank

Getting to know the site

Heidi Natura of Living Habitats, architectural consultant for the North Shore Channel Habitat Project, took a closer look at soil along the channel banks today, with Matt Basile, forestry supervisor for the city. The channel is an artificial waterway...
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