Wild Ones program: 'Landscaping with Native Trees and Shrubs'

We have worked all spring and summer planting and caring for our prairies, woodlands and gardens. We’ve weeded, strolled through, gazed at and loved every leaf and flower. Now, however, since fall is the best time to plant trees and shrubs, our landscaping thoughts turn creatively in a new direction.

Because of their ultimate size and the near impossibility of moving a full-grown tree or large shrub, it is very wise to plan ahead where you will most want your new addition to live out their lives. Wild Ones has a wonderful solution!

Molly Fifield Murray, outreach programs manager for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, will be returning by popular demand, to present her well-received program titled “Landscaping with Native Trees and Shrubs” for the August meeting of the “Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes.” Murray’s program will highlight the myriad native wood plants of our area, indicate how best to use them, and tell where to obtain them for natural landscaping purposes. Join Wild Ones from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 18, at Burpee Natural History Museum, 737 N. Main St., Rockford.

Molly Fifield-Murray has been the manager of educational programs at the UW-Madison Arboretum since 1992. Before that time, she was a naturalist and landscape architect, designing wildflower gardens.

The Wild Ones program is free, and the public is invited. Contact Virginia Watson at (815) 398-0138 for details.

“Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapers” promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization.

From the August 17-23, 2005, issue

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