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Mayapple season

Mayapple season

On Earth Day, celebrated by the City of Evanston on April 21, a group from Dewey Elementary joined TreeKeepers and other volunteers in mulching trees and planting wildflowers in the Ladd Arboretum. More than 50 pots of mayapples went into the ground along shady stretches […]

A beautiful day for buckthorn cutting

A beautiful day for buckthorn cutting

Sunshine raised spirits at the last buckthorn clearing of the season yesterday, as more than 40 volunteers pitched in to clear a large section of the Harbert Park woods. This group from Quest4Earth, a Saturday STEM program, has been learning about migratory birds and habitat […]

Spring really is here: time to mark your calendar

Spring really is here: time to mark your calendar

With the arrival of spring last week, we’re looking forward to a new season of growth.  Here are some happenings at project sites along the North Shore Channel: Saturday, April 7, 10:00 am-12:00 noon Invasive clearing in Harbert Park—Before we put away our loppers and […]

A perfect day for buckthorn  cutting

A perfect day for buckthorn cutting

Sunshine and cool weather: a perfect day for cutting buckthorn. Working together, 13 volunteers made another large dent in the wall of invasive trees on the south end of Harbert Park on Sunday afternoon, picking up trash while they were at it. Yellow ribbons mark […]

Getting ready for spring

Getting ready for spring

City crews have cut back the Civic Center garden, and Doug and Peter stopped by the other day to see how the plants had weathered the winter months. So far, it looks as if there have been few losses from frost heave or rabbits. Allison’s […]

Partnership with Quest4Earth takes flight

Partnership with Quest4Earth takes flight

Bird conservationist Judy Pollock and nature photographer Fran Morel joined a group of animated fifth-graders on Saturday for an exploration of birds in our community. The group meets every other Saturday throughout the school year. The hands-on program, called Quest4Earth, was developed by the Tiz […]

Phased out

Phased out

We opened up a new front yesterday toward the south end of Harbert Park. There’s a wooded area there that’s frequented by migratory birds. (You can look up some of the sightings on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird hot spot list.) Underneath the towering […]

Plant lists for armchair gardeners

Plant lists for armchair gardeners

Days are growing longer, but winter is far from over, and it will be a while before we see our new plants in bloom. In the meantime, if you need a dose of green, or are looking for inspiration for your own garden plans, you […]

Under the snow

Under the snow

As snow fell earlier this week, we were finishing the final step in this season’s planting: scattering a mix of seeds in bare patches along the channel banks in the Ladd Arboretum and around the Twiggs Park overlook. It was too dark to take a […]

Living with a beaver

Living with a beaver

The Ladd Arboretum’s resident beaver has been active this month. Volunteers have been active, too, installing fences to try to protect some vulnerable trees. On Saturday, a group of Northwestern physics and astronomy students worked on a big cottonwood in an attempt to save the […]