Welcome to Wild Ones of Greater DuPage

Becky the Butterfly Girl finds the first monarch eggs of 2018

July 28 -Yard tour in West Chicago.
August 26- Picnic and nature walk in Downers Grove.
Click the Calendar tab.
Sept. & Oct. speakers in Naperville
November Seed Exchange – Warrenville

Please join us – it’s fun and a great learning experience!!

Remic Ensweiler goes off trail to explain his plants to Wild Ones at the COD Kirt Prairie

Find Your Plant!  2018 Native Plant Sales.   Search plant lists and click the links at the bottom to go right into the growers’ inventories.  Or search the zip code locator at the bottom of this page.  Complete your shopping list here!
Need plant suggestions?  Try this one for wet areas: Rain Garden Plants.  Or go to our Resources page tab above where you can find other ideas such as: Easy to Grow Native Plants.

First Monarch butterfly eggs of 2018!

Hello MEMBERS!!   Your recent Wild Ones Journal is ready for you to view.  You get 5 great online magazines a year.  Simply log in to the Wild Ones members-only section at Wild Ones Website & select “Online Journal.”  Use your password.  If you need help logging in or you haven’t created your password simply follow the directions in this document. Hint: use your favorite plant as a password!

Cornell University tells why native plants are best for birdsNative Plants Help Birds

From our friends in Will County FPD here is  an easy look at the 2018 Hummingbird Migration.

Hear the recent Mike MacDonald and Gerould Wilhelm radio interview about the new Flora of the Chicago Region book:  WBEZ Interview with Gerould Wilhelm and Mike MacDonald   Hear Mike’s prior interview here: Mike MacDonald WBEZ Interview 

WELCOME to the Greater DuPage Wild Ones where you will be able to:
Planting a variety of wildflowers in the yard can provide food for creatures all year, and make for colorful combinations

Planting a variety of wildflowers in the yard can provide food for creatures all year, and make for colorful combinations

  • Learn about NATIVE PLANTS  enhancing your landscape as they feed nature
  • See landscaped native yards at yard tours of our members
  • See rare wildflowers on our NATURE WALKS
  • Enjoy hearing excellent speaker presentations in colder months
  • Obtain rare seeds  from Northern Illinois native plants at our Seed Exchange
  • Receive a monthly Chapter email bulletin
  • Read the NATIONAL Journal online magazine
  • Enjoy the friendship of 100+ local native plant gardeners at picnics or potluck dinners
  • Benefit wildlife and the environment
Rough Blazing Star is on the menu for this monarch butterly

Rough Blazing Star is on the menu for this monarch butterly

Your $40 membership is also tax-deductible.  We meet throughout the county, and nearby areas.  Please Join us!!  Join DuPage Wild Ones

            WORTH YOUR TIME

Doug Tallamy Garden Interview

The importance of prairie preservation: TED Talks Prairie

Landscaping: Pride, Science & Law: Joy Buslaff

Pollinators and Pesticides is an e-book that discusses neonicotinoids and their effects: Pollinators and Pesticides

An interesting website is  Bumblebeewatch

Read a  free online book about our native bees.  Well illustrated for easy learning!  Native Bee Basics

An excellent new online resource is the Hebert Small-Scale Rain Garden Guide.  It is free and specifies native plants, see pp. 48-49.  You may have met Kevin Hebert at one of our workshops.

Prairie Blazing Stars bloom Late July to early Sept.

More on Rain Gardens: Rain Gardens, How to – WI DNR Publication

An Asian worm is a new invasive species.  Learn about it here: Jumping Worm Facts

Native Plant Nurseries:  Linked on our own website: Native Plant Nurseries 

Compass Plant reaches for the sun but the Purple Coneflowers are more down to earth.

Drone film of a prairie burn:  Our own Kevin Collins participated in this cool video which was filmed from a drone at Bluff Spring Fen in Cook County: Bluff Spring Fen Burn – Drone film

Member Yard Burn on YouTube:   Ted Lowe’s Ted Lowe’s 2014 Yard Burn