Don’t Miss the Spring Wildflowers at Reed-Turner Woodland

The annual cycle of beautiful spring wildflowers is underway.

The number and diversity of wildflowers at Reed-Turner is very unusual for the size of the preserve (49 acres).  This great abundance is due to a fortunate confluence of unusual topography and two generations of landowners with a love of nature (Guy & Florence Reed and their daughter Barbara Turner).  The diverse topography at Reed-Turner includes wetlands, prairie, savanna, ravines, streams, and woodlands.  Each of these habitats supports different species of flora.

Most of the wildflowers you will see during spring are “ephemerals”.  They emerge, grow quickly, flower, and then die back. They are mostly low growing with small but brightly colored flowers.  In many cases they take advantage of the sun’s rays before being shaded out by the emergence of leaves on the trees and shrubs.  Each plant is individually beautiful. Some of the species are highly abundant and form large patches of color that light up the ground.

The majority of the wildflowers you will see at Reed-Turner are native to the region.  There are a few that come from other places – some of these are tolerated, as they “behave”, fitting into the ecosystem.  Others, like garlic mustard, dame’s rocket, and multiflora rose, are “bullies” – they crowd out the natives and in general are undesirable.  Volunteers and our summer interns spend weeks pulling out and trying to control these invasives.

During the spring season we will post periodic updates on what is in bloom.  Take a walk through the Preserve and see if you can spot them all – and enjoy the peaceful beauty of the season.

Click on the image for a list of our most prominent wildflowers and the expected time of bloom.


 

Spring 2021 Programs for children and adults.

Looking for activities for your children or yourself this spring? Check out the virtual programs and in-person activities available through the Long Grove Park District.  More programs will be added as restrictions are lifted. 

See our list of virtual and in-person programs for children, teens, and adults; nature and history programs, horseback riding, indoor and outdoor sports programs, senior programs and more.

All programs are open to individuals from any area town.  Fees are the same for Long Grove residents and non-residents.

The goal of each of the offerings is to combine self-improvement and fun – a winning mix you and your children will enjoy and learn from.  These programs will keep participants engaged and active throughout the school year.

Click the icon below to Download the Program Brochure


New Pollinator Garden at Buffalo Creek Park in downtown Long Grove

Create your own pollinator garden using the combination of plants shown in these photos. And, be sure to visit the garden to see what’s in bloom.

If you enter the park at the arbor on Old McHenry Road and follow the path to the right, you will find this beautiful new garden. It’s on a sunny and scenic high point, overlooking trees, grassy fields and a creek.

This garden will provide food and habitat for our pollinators. Plants here will encourage birds, bees and butterflies to visit. We have chosen plants so that something is in bloom from spring to fall.