Greater DuPage Chapter Events


June Yard Tours

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Saturday, June 17th, 2023
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Public Welcome Free Event Home Garden Tour

YARD ONE: (10 a.m. to noon)

Jill acquired her nearly-an-acre property almost 4 years ago. Its many berms and borders were full of dead & dying trees and many invasives like buckthorn, honeysuckle, and garlic mustard. She has been removing all of that (along with dreaded landscape fabric!) and planting natives to attract the bees, butterflies, and birds. It is still a work in progress and a big learning curve, but the property has come a long way to being a haven for wildlife.

Come see what has already been done and make suggestions for other improvements. You can also see/ask about the progress of their rain garden, raising Monarchs, raising native solitary bees, composting, vermiculture, and biochar!
LUNCH BREAK (noon to 2 p.m.)
Mather Woods, 25032 West Renwick Road, Plainfield

Let's meet at West Picnic Shelter.  It is in close proximity to the parking lot. There are many places to buy food along Route 59 if you don't have a sack lunch. We have picnic shelter reserved until 2 p.m.  After lunch, all are welcome to take a short walk in the woods to see the bridge over Spring Hole Creek, a tributary to the DuPage River.  There are toilets with running water available at this location.

YARD TWO (2 p.m. to 3 p.m.)

Dawn’s yard was originally a corn field. The first year of the gardens began with a base of wood chips and some native plants. The next year, she begged a neighbor for leaves. Then, subsequent years of plentiful spring rains, more leaves and winter snow has resulted in her native gardens with a few “others” mixed in. She is constantly adding new plants and looks forward to getting input on what to do and improve.

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