Welcome to Wild Ones of Greater DuPage

RECENT: Nanette Kalscheur drew a good crowd on March 21.   There was obviously a lot of interest in the topic of invasive species and how to best control them in our landscapes.  Due to the large turnout, we didn’t have enough handouts for everyone, and some had to miss the talk because of the flu bug invading our human system.  Nanette provided the following links to her handouts, which you can save for future reference.

Our February 21 Roundtable Discussion was a big success!  Half a dozen residents of Windsor Park Manor attended the meeting, along with our regulars and some new visitors.  Everyone got a chance to participate by talking in turns about their favorite plant, asking questions of our more experienced members and board members about what to plant in problem areas, how to get started with natives and more.  We will try this again next winter!


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

A cage for rearing monarch butterflies attracts attention during a yard tour in Lombard

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 a look at the 2019 Hummingbird Migration.

Hear the 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:
  • Blazing stars and coneflowers help bring life to a Wild Ones’ member’s yard

    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

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 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.

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 

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