New Native Plant Seminars in March, April and May!
We are offering a series of free, informative presentations beginning in March where you can learn more about native plants and how to use them in your yard and garden. The sessions are intended to lead up to the Bringing Nature Home Native Plant Sale in May.
Conservation@Home Kick Off Event
Sunday, March 19, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Road, Beecher, IL 60401.
What a great turn out for the Conservation@Home Kick Off Event! Participants enjoyed sessions on how to create a nature-friendly yard, heard practical tips from Possibility Place Nursery, picked up helpful information and plant lists, and talked to professionals on getting started.
Conservation@Home is a new partnership between the Forest Preserve District of Will County, The Conservation Foundation and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Shrubs, Shrubs & More Shrubs!
Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sugar Creek Administration Center, 17540 W. Laraway Road, Joliet, IL 60433. This is a free program. Space is limited to 40 participants and pre-registration is required.
Join Connor Shaw, proprietor of Possibility Place Nursery, for this poignant discussion about the importance of using native shrubs to support our wildlife and forest ecosystems. Native shrubs and under-story trees are non existent in many of our woods due to overgrazing by livestock that occurred years ago, and more recently, by deer, as well as an increase in shade by the larger trees. These changes can significantly impact the health and vitality of our forest communities. Once the native woody under-story is missing from the forest composition, it doesn't come back unless we take action! There will be time for questions following the presentation. This program will be held indoors.
Behind-the-Scenes at Possibility Place Nursery!
Saturday, April 22, 2017. Possibility Place Nursery, 7548 W. Monee Manhattan Road, Monee, IL 60449. Tours are free and take place at 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Space is limited to 15/tour and pre-registration is required.
Possibility Place Nursery began in 1978 on just 5 acres of land near Monee, Illinois. The plant material was comprised of native and non-native trees and shrubs. In 1983 they began growing only native trees and shrubs and now produce native trees on 55 acres with an additional two acres of trees and shrubs in five gallon containers. Owner, Connor Shaw and his two sons, Kelsay and Tristan, have also added more than 125 species of native herbaceous plants, grasses, sedges and rushes to the catalog. With 26 years of experience testing and learning about what works and what doesn't, Possibility Place doesn't believe in the status quo. Join us for this unique behind-the-scenes tour of the nursery as their growing season gets started! Tours are approximately 30 minutes in length and take place outdoors on varied terrain. Tours will be held rain or shine.
Native Plants 101: All About Native Plants and How to Use Them with Kelsay Shaw
Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. 135th Street, Romeoville, IL 60446. This is a free program. Space is limited to 30 participants and pre-registration is required.
Now that spring is right around the corner, are you interested in learning more about using native plants in your home landscape and gardens? If so, please join us for this informative session led by Kelsay Shaw of Possibility Place Nursery in Monee. Kelsay will explore some of the more common native plants for our area and show you how you can use them in your yard to benefit wildlife. There will be time for questions following the presentation. The program will be held indoors.
Bringing Back the Monarchs
Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Sugar Creek Administration Center, 17540 W. Laraway Road, Joliet, IL 60433. This is a free program. Space is limited to 30 participants and pre-registration is required.
Join Master Naturalist and Forest Preserve Volunteer Steward, Phyllis Schulte for this informative presentation on the monarch butterfly including reasons for the current crisis of the decline of the migrating monarch population, gardening for monarchs, finding and raising monarchs, insects and diseases that prey on monarch’s, and the Monarch Watch project. Phyllis has also spent the last 16 years as a butterfly monitor for the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network. There will be time for questions following the presentation. The program will be held indoors.