Wild Ones to host program on growing your own native plants

Staff Report

Wild Ones — Rock River Valley Chapter, will host a program titled “From Seed to Flower: Growing Your Own Native Plants” at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 21, at Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., Rockford.

Speaker will be Connie Ranthum, a natural landscaping consultant who, since 1983, has owned Kettle Moraine Natural Landscaping. This company specializes in local eco-type seed mixes for southern Wisconsin. She is also the education coordinator for The Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum at UW-Fond du Lac, Wis.

Because of her passion for native plant communities, she has a deep concern about ecological impacts from invasive exotic species. She has provided consulting for the establishment of native prairies and wildflower gardens for the past 25 years. On a summer day, you may find her pulling knapweed from a prairie remnant, or educating people about exotics. She invites you to learn about growing native plants, including seed collection, cleaning and propagation. Examples will be shown of how seedlings are grown in greenhouses, cold frames and garden settings.

Come at 6:30 p.m. to socialize before the 7 p.m. meeting, browse the merchandise tables, or check out the library and Wild Ones information booths.

This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Terry Mohaupt at (815) 399-8432 or e-mail mohaupt@comcast.net.

From the June 20-26, 2012, issue

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