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Mar 15 2018

March 2018 News from Kruse

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This month’s article was written by Kerry Perry. To see the full article with photographs, please see the March 2018 Newsletter.

Take Note…..

The Kruse House Garden is mostly dormant now, but a few bits of green are poking through the debris. There’s not much to see, but ooohhh the sounds! Just stand and listen. Spring has arrived!!

Flocks of Sandhill cranes have been flying over, their voices are a shrill rolling, chortling sound.

Redwing black birds are already beginning to declare their territories by making their loud chek and a high slurred tee-err. Their song is liquid gurgling.

American robins are here, their song is a clear caroling, short phrases, rising and falling. Robins are always a welcome sign of spring, and
often closely tied to the appearance of the first earthworms. Earthworms appear at the surface as soon as the average temperatures
of the ground reaches about 36 degrees. At the same time, the hungry robins return from the south.

Soon our crew will be out doing the annual cleanup at the Kruse House. We encourage all to join in and enjoy the camaraderie. And once things start blooming, be proud of our efforts. 


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Feb 13 2018

February 2018 Meeting

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Our speaker this month will be Cindy Anderson who will be speaking on “A Native Gardens for Four Seasons”.  She describes this program as:

Native gardens are of increasing interest to home gardeners, but often they have a reputation of being messy or weedy. However, with a little bit of self-reflection about what is important to the gardener in their garden, a natives planting can be beautiful (in the eye of the gardener) and provide a benefit for ecosystem biodiversity. In this talk, I guide participants through choosing plants for a four-season garden, some tips on sources and a primer on design principles. This presentation discusses how to think about what “native” means to the individual gardener, why using natives is important and some examples of gardens that feature native plants. The talk concludes with a collection of native plants suitable for gardens here in northern Illinois.

Please join us for our monthly meeting on February 22nd at the Faith Community Church, 910 Main Street, West Chicago.  The meeting begins at 7:00pm, but we have refreshments starting at 6:45pm.  Guests are always welcome to come check out the club at one of our meetings.

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