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

Planting

More habitat for water-dwellers

More habitat for water-dwellers

Friends of the Chicago River continued work along the North Shore Channel banks in mid-July, focusing efforts along sections of the channel that run through Evanston. Water willow and lizard’s tail, sourced from the nearby DuPage and Fox Rivers, will form colonies along the channel […]

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 […]

Generosity

Generosity

Neighbors near and far have been generous not only with their time, but also with their plants. Last week, the latest contributions came by way of Colorado. Over 20 years, Dennis Paige had worked to assemble more than 175 species of native woodland, mesic, and […]

A bird-friendly garden for the Civic Center

A bird-friendly garden for the Civic Center

With hundreds of plants now in the ground, the demonstration habitat garden at the corner of Ridge and Leonard Place is beginning to put down roots. Jenn Engelke of Living Habitats was there today to lay out the plants (here, with the help of Antonio […]

Trees and shrubs are in at the Civic Center garden

Trees and shrubs are in at the Civic Center garden

Trees and shrubs are now in the ground in a new demonstration garden that’s taking shape in front of the Civic Center. The plan incorporates some existing trees and shrubs (like forsythia), but all of the new plants are native to this part of Illinois. […]

Working from the water

Working from the water

Friends of the Chicago River were out today planting water willow and lizard’s tail along a stretch of the North Shore Channel as it passes through the Ladd Arboretum. Water willow (Justicia americana) and lizard’s tail (Saurus cernuus) are native to this area and have […]

Golden moment in the arboretum

Golden moment in the arboretum

Golden alexander is now in bloom in the Ladd Arboretum, and we’ve been fortunate to receive even more of these plants from neighbors thinning out their own native gardens. Golden alexander (Zizia aurea) grows in full to partial sun, including open woodlands like these. It’s […]

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 […]

A new black oak for Clark Street Beach

A new black oak for Clark Street Beach

Evanston city arborist Matt Basile helped volunteers plant a new black oak on one of the final work days for the season. Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary stewards have looked at some of the small remaining patches of black oak savanna for ideas about how […]

Celebrating May Day in the Ladd Arboretum

Celebrating May Day in the Ladd Arboretum

Dozens of community members came to the Ladd Arboretum on May 1st to help plant saplings of native trees and shrubs—a gift from the National Wildlife Federation’s Trees for Wildlife program. Girls Scouts and TreeKeepers were among those who worked alongside city staff to plant […]