Join our group to learn about gardening with native plants of northern Illinois. We are inviting songbirds, gorgeous butterflies, honeybees and other beneficial wildlife into our yards by planting beautiful, easy to grow native plants with names like compass plant, wild indigo, little bluestem, rattlesnake master and more! Enjoy our lively, FREE monthly programs that feature expert speakers on native ecosystems, wildlife and gardening techniques. We also share advice and seeds as we build a wildlife corridor in west suburban Cook County. Plus, don't miss our annual native plant sale and annual conference featuring top names in native gardening. It's a joyful journey of learning and friendship. Please join us! Beginners and experts alike are welcome.
Triton College, Robert M Collins Performing Arts Center R Building
Learn practical strategies to get the garden of your dreams while saving the planet.
Learn from visionary landscape architect Claudia West, author of Planting in a Post-Wild World, and award-winning garden designer Ben Vogt, author of A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future.
West and Vogt will lead a half-day conference on how to design stunning home landscapes that inspire human happiness, provide critical habitat for wildlife and fight climate change.
Please plan to eat before you come to the conference. We will serve light refreshments during a break, but the cafeteria at Triton is not available, and there are very limited dining options nearby.
Free parking in Lot 10, steps away from the Robert M Collins Performing Arts Center at Triton College
If you select the ticket option with a membership, please let us know your address, so you will receive materials from National Wild Ones.
Ticket price day-of conference will increase to $30 for members and $45 for non-members.
Check-in begins at 12 PM. Claudia West will begin speaking at 12:30 PM.
More about the conference...
First, Claudia West, a leading voice in the field of ecological design, will show you how to transform a smaller garden space into the native plant oasis of your dreams. She’ll explain, step by step, the art of arranging native plants – which are aesthetically and functionally very different from typical garden plants -- using design principles learned from wild plant communities and archetypal landscapes.
Next, Benjamin Vogt, an award-winning garden columnist for Houzz, will delve into philosophy, science, and psychology to make a case for re-imagining urban landscapes into a network of wildlife refuges. These wild-inspired spaces then become democratic spaces, in the tradition of Olmsted, where all species intermingle while creating awareness and activism for ecological health and social justice.
West and Vogt will have a selection of their books for sale, and will be available to sign them.
Funding is partially provided by PlanItGreen, Oak Park and River Forest’s Sustainability Plan, which is supported by CommunityWorks and the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation.