Native Trees and Shrubs

Date: Monday, September 9th, 2019 Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Location: Mennonite Church of Normal (map and directions)


Planting native trees and shrubs does wonders for our indigenous fauna.  In addition, adding native plants to our landscaping helps to preserve biodiversity across Illinois.  Please join University of Illinois Horticulture Educator, Ryan Pankau, for a presentation about the benefits of going native.  Ryan will cover a list of over 20 native trees and shrubs including specific planting needs, light requirements and all the details you need to add these magnificent natives to your own property.  He will also discuss the specific relationships each plant has with our native fauna, enabling you to select the most suitable plant with the greatest wildlife benefit.

Presenter Bio:

Ryan Pankau has over 20 years’ experience as an arborist and forester.  He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in forestry from Southern Illinois University.  Ryan has past work experience as a certified arborist, forest hydrologist and USDA-NRCS Area Forester in southern Illinois. After joining University of Illinois Extension in 2017, Ryan now focuses on all aspects of horticulture.  He leads volunteers in the Master Gardener and Master Naturalist program and designs and implements educational materials for extension programs and publications.



Learn about more ways you can be part of the native plant movement.