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The Birds, Bees & Butterflies garden tour will feature Oak Park and River Forest home and public landscapes that showcase various ways of integrating native plants, including: starter gardens, full-fledged prairie gardens, gardens designed to attract wildlife, those that harness rain water, and plants that invite children's involvement in the garden. Unique plants for shade, sun, rain gardens, clay soil and other applications will also be highlighted. A guided bike tour (for a limited number of participants) is available. Or design your own self-guided tour with family and friends on foot, by bike, or by car, rickshaw or other vehicle of your choice.

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Birds, Bees & Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour, presented by Green Community Connections and West Cook Wild Ones

Park District of Oak Park & Green Community Connections

Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Birds, Bees & Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour,...

Registration Information

Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Suggested donation for all adults: $7.00
For this event, the suggested donation is $7, with children and volunteers free. Thank you for helping to fund the tour!
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2:00pm Guided biking garden tour - only 35 registrations
Please bring your bike helmet and water bottle. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Ended Free $0.00
Self-paced 11-garden tour - 2-4:30pm Ended Free $0.00
Become a member of West Cook Wild Ones NOW   more info Ended $37.00 $3.03

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Event Details

Sunday, Sept 7, 2014

Oak Park & River Forest, IL

The Birds, Bees & Butterflies garden tour will feature Oak Park and River Forest home and public landscapes that showcase various ways of integrating native plants, including:  starter gardens, full-fledged prairie gardens, gardens designed to attract wildlife, those that harness rain water, and plants that invite children's involvement in the garden. Unique plants for shade, sun, rain gardens, clay soil and other applications will also be highlighted.

A guided bike tour (for a limited number of participants) is available.   Or design your own self-paced tour with family and friends on foot, by bike, or by car, rickshaw or other vehicle of your choice.

Tour organizers want to encourage and support the rapidly growing interest in native plants and their important role in our ecosystem. 

 The Native Garden Tour is a great opportunity to:

  • Get inspired and meet others in the community who share an interest in native plants.
  • Learn how to get started with native plants if you've never used them before and get tips on maintaining a native plant garden.
  • Learn how to integrate native plants into traditional landscaping.
  • Find out where you can purchase native plants, and meet professionals who can help you.
  • Have fun!

Event schedule:

2:00 – 4:30 pm Register and tour garden sites at your own pace

2:00 - 4:45 pm Register and participate in the guided bike tour of 7 gardens

4:00 – 5:30 pm  Native Garden Fair at the Forest Preserve of Cook County Headquarters, River Forest

 

The tour wraps up with a drop-in Native Garden Fair at the Forest Preserve District of Cook County General Headquarters at Lake and Harlem Avenues in River Forest from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Participants can enjoy refreshments, mingle with fellow native gardeners, learn more about native gardening and where to get native plants, obtain seeds to start now or in the spring, and sign up to be part of the exciting OPRF Wildlife Corridor, which will link Thatcher Woods with Columbus Park through residential native gardens.  There will also be games and children's activities.

  

Share your ideas, volunteer, participate!

Planning is underway now, and volunteers are needed for the day of the event.   Visit our  website for more information about volunteering:  http://greencommunityconnections.org/2014-native-plant-tour/

 

Contact for Questions and Additional Information

Sally Stovall at 773.315.1109 or  sally@greencommunityconnections.org

Have questions about Birds, Bees & Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour, presented by Green Community Connections and West Cook Wild Ones? Contact Park District of Oak Park & Green Community Connections

When & Where


Forest Preserve District of Cook County Headquarters
536 North Harlem Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305

Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM


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Park District of Oak Park & Green Community Connections

The Introduction to Biomimicry Interactive Workshop is brought to you by the Park District of Oak Park and Green Community Connections.

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