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.
Please join us on Thursday, March 22, 7 PM at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 12N462 Tina Train in Elgin for a the presentation: The World Beneath our Feet: A Guide to Life in the Soil with Jim Nardi. Dr. Nardi is a biologist at the University of Illinois and the Illinois Natural History Survey, having earned his BS at Purdue and PhD from Harvard. He will introduce the naturalists and gardeners among us to the dazzling array of creatures whose unseen labors maintain the rich fertility of the earth. And who better to get us thinking about this important topic than this renowned entomologist. His expertise includes the interconnectedness of various species, including humans and their effect on soil, as well as compost and composting.
March 22, Thursday, 7:00 PM, CTL. Jim Nardi: Life in the Soil—A Guide for Naturalists and Gardeners
April 28, Saturday, 8:00 AM Workday at HHNC, followed by a tour of Rachel Neville’s garden.
May 4, Friday, HHNC. Plant Sale Prep.
May 5, Saturday, HHNC. Annual Plant Sale
May 24, Thursday, Tim Joyce, Birdscaping.
June 23, Saturday, 10:00 AM. Tour of Lake in the Hills Fen with Susanne Masi and Dave Schwaegler.
July 28, Saturday, 10:00 AM. Tour of Patty Goldens’s garden.
July 29, Sunday—11:00 AM—Road Trip to Northwind Perennial Farm with Roy Diblik.
August 23, Saturday. Visit to the prairies of the Fine Line, Peck Farm and Hickory Knolls.
September 22: National Public Lands Day: Volunteer at the Open Space of your choice
September 29, Saturday. 10:00 AM Tour of Prairie Crossing with Nathan Aaberg and Jim O’Connor.
October 26, Thursday, 7:00 PM- CTL. Chris Crosby presents: The Tallgrass Prairie.
December 6, 6:30 PM, CTL. Annual Potluck.
CTL: Christ the Lord Lutheran Church
12N462 Tina Trail, Elgin
HH: Hawthorne Hill Nature Center
28 Brookside Drive, Elgin