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Conservation@Home  Early this year, our Northern Kane County Wild Ones invited Jim Kleinwachter of The Conservation Foundation of DuPage and Kane Counties to speak  about Conservation@Home, a program that helps property owners protect and create yards that are environmentally friendly. The following criteria is used for designation: Property must have some native plant components for […]

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Astounding Asters

Astounding Asters  I have way too many asters—Smooth Blue, New England, Aromatic, and Heath in my prairie gardens and Short’s and Side-flowering in my savanna gardens—that is, until September.  Now I’m emerged in joyful aster exuberance, exultation, abundance, generosity, verdancy, lushness, luxuriating in asters, intoxicated with asters…well. look for yourselves:   I’ve been so busy […]

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Asters   Last Week in September   “Asters, like prophets, are without honor in their own country.” said Louise Wilder Beebe.  Known as “Michaelmas  Daisies” because they bloom around St. Michaelmas Day on September 29,  asters are held in high esteem by English and other European gardeners, while we in the United States distain them […]

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