Wild Ones–Rock River Valley Chapter hosts Second Annual Woodland ‘Open Yard’ tours
From press release
Wild Ones—Rock River Valley Chapter will host its Second Annual Woodland ‘Open Yard’ tours from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, May 8. Wondering how to make a beautiful garden of your shady yard? Take your time and stroll through two landscapes created using native woodland plants. See how you can take a typical wooded yard (or the deep shade under a tree or two) and create an oasis of your own. Two yards will be open to the public, and the homeowners will be on hand to answer questions and share their experiences.
3708 Highcrest Road (61107): The Watson yard is a great example of what one can do to transition a traditional lawn and garden to one more natural while maintaining beauty and order. Each year, the homeowners replace sections of labor-intensive lawn with a diversity of native plants and find the area improved on multiple levels. Even in areas of deep shade where grass never grew well (or at all), they now have lush plantings that provide visual interest and structure throughout the year. The yard has many large, mature trees as well as shrubs and a wide variety of plantings for both sun and shade and a small but effective rain garden. The owner describes her urban oasis as a “catharsis,” a place she goes to “collect [her] thoughts.”
3007 Vinton Ave. (61101): The Risley landscape fills a large lot that has seen much change in its 80-year history. Situated under a towering canopy of established maple and box elder trees, you will find a landscape that is evolving as the homeowners do. It includes many trees that were planted following the devastating wind storm some years ago and a wide variety of plants. A winding path will lead you into a cool shade filled with native plants and flowering/fruiting shrubs of all types. You might even spy some of the resident wildlife that is also drawn to this beautiful place or see what in a month will be bowls full of black raspberries planted by the original owners some 75 years ago. All things change, nature among them, but here the homeowners have helped it along.
Woodland Plant Sale: If you are inspired by what you see in these two yards, and you want to add some native woodland plants to your own landscape, you might find just what you are looking for at the sale table at 3007 Vinton Ave. A wide variety of native woodland plants will be available for purchase here.
This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lenae Weichel at (815) 962-2725.
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