Gardeners: Adopt-A-Plot at the Nygren Preserve

Gardeners: Adopt-A-Plot at the Nygren Preserve


Cold, dreary days of northern Illinois make many gardeners and “wannabe gardeners” long for the time when they can be outdoors again in warm sunshine, digging in the soil in anticipation of growing beautiful flowers. The Natural Land Institute is offering the public a unique opportunity to put those gardening “urges” to work at the Nygren Wetland Preserve this spring!

Does the idea of nurturing pale purple coneflowers, bottle gentian, pale spiked lobelia, meadow rue, white wild indigo, and numerous other prairie plants sound intriguing and appealing? Would you like to look at “your” plot, and say, “Yes, I did that!”

Volunteers can Adopt-A-Plot at the preserve, which will give them the unique experience of being in charge of just one row approximately 8 feet by 200 feet. The main responsibility will be to weed just your plot, mulch, and in the fall to collect the seeds. The best part about this volunteer job is that you can come any time that is convenient for you, as long as your commitment is consistent. This commitment will mostly be during the summer, probably two hours per week or less often, depending on how fast the weeds grow.

The Nygren Wetland Preserve is located on Rockton Road, just west of Rockton, where the Pecatonica and Rock rivers join. The private preserve is 700+ acres of wild lands owned by the Natural Land Institute, Rockford. People interested in Adopting A Plot at the Nygren Wetland Preserve are invited to come to an Open House, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., March 4, at the Natural Land Institute, 320 S. Third St., Rockford. Phone 964-6666 for information about volunteering at the Nygren Preserve for the Natural Land Institute.

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