Explore the Magical World of Native Plants


Have you ever walked by a beautiful garden brimming with blooms and butterflies and thought, I wonder how they did this? The upcoming Birds, Bees & Butterflies Native Garden Tour in Oak Park and River Forest will give you a chance to satisfy your curiosity and talk to the people behind their own gardens. Passionate native plant enthusiasts, master gardeners, professional designers and experienced naturalists will guide you through 12 enchanting gardens that creatively incorporate native plants.

“Whatever your experience level, you will enjoy opportunities to learn from the gardeners themselves, who are all passionate about native plants and are eager to share their knowledge, tips and tricks,” says Pam Todd, co-founder of West Cook Wild Ones, which is hosting the tour. “Whether you are just getting started from scratch or want to expand an established garden, you can get your questions answered.”

On the tour, you can discover ways to fall in love with your yard, create a healthier home for children and wildlife, fight climate change and hack your water and energy bills. Gardens featured on the tour incorporate a range of approaches, themes and styles, including:

  • butterfly & pollinator gardens
  • shade gardens & shrubs
  • rain gardens & bioswales
  • parkway gardens
  • bird & wildlife habitat
  • mixing edibles and natives
  • transitioning a traditional garden

The tour is 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, in Oak Park and River Forest. Ticket prices start at $7 and are free for kids ages 18 and younger. Click here for tickets.

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