Date: Monday, October 14th, 2019 Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Location: Mennonite Church of Normal (map and directions)
In this Roundtable program you will be able to participate in different mini-session presentations on three native plant-related topics. These topics will provide suggestions for end of the year activities to help you expand your knowledge of native plants and making your home landscape even more wildlife friendly. The following topics will be presented: Winter Tree Identification, Environmentally Friendly Landscaping Tips for Fall and Winter, and Starting Native Plants From Seed.
- Debbie Fluegel will help us learn how to identify trees in winter. It is easy to identify a tree lush with leaves or loaded with blooms but identifying a tree in winter presents a challenge. We will learn to look beyond the leaves and study tree structure and bark texture to help us identify a tree in winter. Debbie manages Trees Forever’s Illinois Buffer Partnership and it Pollinator Habitat Conservation programs for both Iowa and Illinois. Debbie is a member of the Environmental Education Association of Illinois, the Illinois Forestry Association, the Soil & Water Conservation Society and the Association for Temperate Agroforestry.
- Janet Rasmussen will discuss several fall and winter activities we can carry out to make our yards more environmentally friendly and help support all kinds of wildlife. Janet has been an active member of the Illinois Prairie chapter of Wild Ones since its founding in 2010 and has served in several capacities on the chapter’s Board. She has enjoyed seeing first-hand how both adding native plants to the home landscape and being a messy gardener are beneficial to the environment.
- Sherrie Snyder will take the take the mystery out of starting native plants from seed. She will discuss equipment needed, how to prepare the seeds, stratification requirements, and timing. This session is just in time for the members’ seed exchange at the November annual meeting. Sherrie is a founding member of the Illinois Prairie chapter of Wild Ones. She has 8 years experience growing native plants at home for personal use and for selling at the chapter’s plant sale. She is also the chapter’s Plant Sale chair.