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 preservebiodiversity 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 save the date for two tours of beautiful private gardens in St. Charles on Saturday, July 27, beginning at 9:45 AM. We will meet at Davis Richmond School (1125 S. 7th, St Charles, IL) and from there visit the Prucher garden and Duerr garden. Attendees from northern Kane County are encouraged to meet at 9:00 at Christ the Lord Church (12N462 Tina Trail) at 9 AM to carpool.
The Prucher garden started about 20 years ago with a few flats of native plants and has been expanding every since. Be prepared to see prairie dock, compass plant, iron weed, cardinal flower, great blue lobelia and a host of others.
The Duerr garden was built in the 1950’s and the original owner was greatly influenced by Morton Arboretum to utilize plants of horticultural interest. Now the Duerr’s have included many native plants and consider it a dynamic entity that changes every day.