Working to restore and care for natural habitat along the North Shore Channel

Planning

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 […]

What goes and what stays?

What goes and what stays?

The overlook deck at Harbert Park has been cleaned and repaired, and we’re ready to start preparing the site around it for planting this fall. What will we do when volunteers arrive tomorrow morning? In a setting like this, some things are obvious. We’ll have […]

Finding inspiration in the Civic Center Demonstration Garden

Finding inspiration in the Civic Center Demonstration Garden

Home gardeners and landscapers looking for inspiration will find plenty in the garden that is now coming into its own in front of the Morton Civic Center. The garden demonstrates landscaping principles that take into account the timing of migratory birds’ needs for food and […]

Getting ready to order trees and shrubs

Getting ready to order trees and shrubs

We’ve begun sourcing trees and shrubs for fall planting in the Ladd Arboretum as well as areas of Twiggs and Harbert Parks. The order list is based on planning by arboretum stewards, working together with bird conservation expert Judy Pollock  and a master plant list […]

What are those plants in front of the Civic Center?

What are those plants in front of the Civic Center?

The new garden in front of the Civic Center demonstrates principles of bird-friendly landscape design. Plantings are layered—including tall trees, understory trees and shrubs, and wildflowers—and plant selection takes into account the timing of migratory birds’ needs for food and shelter.  The garden incorporates some […]

Selecting new plants for the arboretum

Selecting new plants for the arboretum

Even as we continue clearing invasives in the Ladd Arboretum, it’s time to order the plants that will go in this fall.  The stewards who have been working on the site are bringing to the task their collective knowledge of native plants, restoration work, and […]

Turf grass removed to make way for native garden

Turf grass removed to make way for native garden

City crews have prepared for installation of a demonstration garden in front of the Civic Center near the corner of Ridge and Leonard Place. A layered selection of native trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers has been designed to support birds, butterflies, and other pollinators. The […]

Getting to know the site

Getting to know the site

Heidi Natura of Living Habitats, architectural consultant for the North Shore Channel Habitat Project, took a closer look at soil along the channel banks today, with Matt Basile, forestry supervisor for the city. The channel is an artificial waterway that was completed a hundred years […]

Ecological character and planning principles

Ecological character and planning principles

The North Shore Channel banks are important to birds and wildlife, yet the vegetation and soils are degraded, with little or no original habitat. Our challenge will be to create an aesthetically pleasing yet low-maintenance habitat using native plants that will be used by birds, […]

Laying the groundwork

Laying the groundwork

The City’s North Shore Channel Habitat Project moved forward this week with team visits to several work sites. Living Habitats, a Chicago-based landscape architecture firm, is providing overall design direction—starting by taking stock of current conditions in the Ladd Arboretum and across the channel in […]