The Northern Kane County Illinois Chapter of Wild Ones was founded in 2009 as a chapter of Wild Ones. We are committed to promoting the use of native plants in landscaping, gardening, naturescaping and land restoration. Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization.
The mission of Wild Ones is to promote native plants, natural landscapes, and environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Wild Ones continues to lead the natural landscaping movement as we explore, teach, and change the practice of gardening in our communities and aound the country to using native plants.
We will have many exciting events coming up in 2016, including garden walks such as this one in member Jean Muntz’s lovingly cared for native garden surrounding her house. In July we will head to Illinois Beach State Park with naturalist Jack Shouba to look at some of our indigenous native plants. In April we will take tours of the Native Plant garden at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles as well as some of the restoration projects of Citizens for Conservation. Four of our members will have their gardens on display for tours in May, July and September.
On July 30, we were treated to a tour of the gardens of John and Lori Schultz. John and Lori began planting their native gardens in the spring of 2013. Almost all of the gardens are adapted from plans in Pat Hill’s book, Design Your Natural Midwest Garden. John and Lori can show you what the earl
y years of native gardening looked like. They also told us about their conversion from a gas furnace and electric air conditioner to a ground source heat pump.