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Laurie Otto, Prairie Queen

Lorrie Otto, Prairie Queen At our last Northern Kane County Wild Ones meeting last month, Bret Rappaport presented a program on Lorrie Otto. Who is Lorrie Otto? She’s the inspiration for Wild Ones, widely acknowledged as the heart and soul of the natural  landscaping movement. by Carol Chew, Mandy Ploch, and Bret Rappapport After graduating […]

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Farewell, Indian Summer

Farewell Indian Summer   SONGWRITERS WILLIAMS, HARRY/HICKMAN, A Does anyone remember that song? Here’s the rendition by Glenn Miller; there is also one by Frank Sinatra. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aa_faILW6MQ Obviously dating me. In this song, Indian Summer was a metaphor for a romance that had begun in June and had faded by Indian Summer. What really is […]

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PAWPAW, SPIKENARD, SPICEBUSH, and WITCH HAZEL, OH MY

PAWPAW, SPIKENARD, SPICEBUSH, and WITCH HAZEL October Golden-leaved Plant Community  A group of unusual plants  grows along the south end of the  savanna in Potawatomi Park that is located between the  parkbuilding and the Fox River.  Shaded by a gigantic Linden or Basswood (Tilia americana) tree, the low ground never completely dries out. Paw Paw […]

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Our Only World

Our Only World

I went to Book Club last Friday night. So–”why should we care? “ you say. It is an Environmental Book Club and I encourage all of you to begin or join one. Invite like-minded friends to create one in your area–there is no end of books to read concerning the environment. Ours  takes place on […]

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Environmental Book Club

I went to Book Club last Friday night. So–”why should we care? “ you say. It is an Environmental Book Club and I encourage all of you to begin or join one. Invite like-minded friends to create one in your area–there is no end of books to read concerning the environment. Ours  takes place on […]

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Why Plant Native Plants?

WHY PLANT NATIVE PLANTS?   Native Midwestern plants are sustainable.  They are well-suited to the climate and soil conditions of the area where they are found naturally–they are grown successfully with little effort.  They are adapted to extreme temperatures, blustery winds, and intense sunlight.   They are drought-resistant–once established, after 2-3 years, they need no […]

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The First Thanksgiving

  Come, ye thankful people, come, Raise the song of Harvest-home; All is safely gathered in, Ere the winter storms begin.  Henry Alfred  1810-187  The First Thanksgiving What is now called the First Thanksgiving was actually a Harvest Festival, popular in England, and, indeed, all over the world, including the New World. The Pilgrims and […]

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This Week in my Garden

This week in my garden Asters are still the stars in the autumn garden–this is New England Aster-formerly known as Aster novae-angliae and is now Symphyotrichum novae-angliae.  The most colorful and best known of the species asters, its intense purple flowers bloom from early September until the end of October.  Growing 3-4’ tall, in the […]

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