Wild Ones Rock River Valley Chapter recipient of the 2014 Seth B. Atwood Award for Parks and Conservation in the Organzational category by the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District!
Our Next Event:
Thursday, February 19, 2015 7:00 p.m.:
Ephemerals- Harbingers of Spring
Blooming spring ephemerals are Nature’s reward to Midwestern gardeners for making it through the cold and bleak months of winter. In actuality, these often woodland plants have short life cycles, taking advantage of sunlight and other resources before trees and other woody plants leaf out. After reproducing, the aboveground flowers and foliage usually die back, allowing later blooming plants their chance to thrive. In the upper Midwest, spring ephemerals include a wide variety of wildflowers including several Dicentra spp., Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginiana), Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), Trillium spp., and many more. Come and learn technical facts as well as fascinating plant lore about these garden workhorses whose arrival we so crave each spring.
We meet at Rock Valley College, 3301 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61114, in the Woodward Technology Center (WTC). Look for the signs. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. Come at 6:30 p.m. to socialize before the 7:00 meeting, browse the merchandise tables, check out the lending library and Wild Ones information booth. This program is free and open to the public.