Welcome to Wild Ones of Northern Kane County

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 around the country to using native plants.  

On Saturday, July 22, at 10 AM, we will be taking a tour of Noel and April Williams home in Algonquin. Meet at their home at 1250 Windy Knoll Drive, Algonquin.

When the Williams purchased their 1/2 acre corner lot in Algonquin, it came with lots of lawn with a few trees and shrubs. The yard sits on a hill with a range of water, sun and soil conditions. Now forbs, ferns, sedges and prairie grasses replace patches of lawn.

The transformation began with a few seedlings from Barb Wilson’s shady garden. Jim Cudney invited the Williams to a couple of yard tours and they were inspired to bring the beauty they saw into their property. In 2015, April joined the WPPC mentoring program. June Keibler and Suzanne Kushner helped design a prairie garden for the sunny, dry front of the house. Each year, the Williams add more native plants, replacing grass.

The Williams are beekeepers with an apiary in their yard. Their honeybees enjoy a short trip from their hives to collect nectar and pollen. Across the street, view the restored prairie which is part of the Village of Algonquin’s native corridor project inspired by Doug Tallamy’s vision.

Neighbors in the adjacent yard were inspired by the Williams native gardens and joined the WPPC mentoring program in 2017. Check out their garden and see the “before” picture with 100+ plants during their first year.

 

After visiting the Williams’ home, we will visit the Dixie Briggs Fromm Nature Preserve in Algonquin at 1375 Spring Hill Drive. This 150 acre site was purchased in 1997 from the heirs of Dixie Briggs Fromm. Dixie Fromm lived in a country home and kept a small farm. Rare and lovely native prairie remnants were discovered on the western portion after the initial purchase. “The Dixie Briggs Fromm Nature Preserve’s 66 acres were dedicated in 2003. On the Nature Preserve site you will find fens, sedge meadows and dry prairies. This rare ecosystem is populated by an Illinois State endangered Hills Thistle in addition to many native     flowers and grasses.

 

July 22, Saturday 10:00 Tour April M. Williams gardens, Algonquin

Additional gardens to be added

August 26, Saturday 10:00 Tour Lurie Gardens in Chicago with 

Laura Ekasetya and Scott Stewart, Directors

September 23, Saturday Tour, Northwind Perennial Farm

Burlington, Wisconsin

September 30, Saturday National Public Lands Day

Volunteer at your favorite public land

October 26, Thursday, CTL 7:00 Oaks, Shady Solace

presented by Valerie Blaine

December 7, Thursday, CTL 7:00 Holiday Potluck

CTL:  Christ the Lord Lutheran Church

           12N462 Tina Trail, Elgin

HH:  Hawthorne Hill Nature Center

28 Brookside Drive, Elgin