Green Community Connections and West Cook Wild Ones will present the first-ever “Birds, Bees & Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour” on Sunday, September 7, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:30pm. The tour concludes with a Native Garden Fair, from 4:00 to 5:30pm at the Forest Preserve District of Cook County located at the northwest corner of Lake and Harlem in River Forest.
The Birds, Bees & Butterflies garden tour will feature 11 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 will be 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. A donation of $7 per adult is suggested to help cover costs. Children are free.
Tour organizers want to encourage and support the rapidly growing interest in native plants and their important role in our ecosystem. Here are 5 reasons to join the tour: