Santa visits Reed-Turner Nature Center on December 8th, so bring the family.

Take photos with Santa  ❅  Refreshments  ❅  Crafts for the kids

 

Santa with young boy and momOnce again Santa has agreed to squeeze in a visit at the Reed-Turner Nature Center during his busy December.  He will stop by on Sunday, December 8, from 1:00 to 3:00.  We’ll have the Nature Center decorated for the season to make him feel at home and to help all of our visitors get into the holiday spirit.

Everyone is welcome to come and visit with Santa.  He encourages families to bring three things:

  • 1. Your Christmas wish list (typically younger visitors bring a list but we have seen Grandma and Grandpa sneak in with their own).
  • 2. A new unwrapped toy to help some needy children have a happy Christmas morning.
  • 3. Your camera to capture the moments with Santa and your family.

girld-checking-out-santaSome children are a bit nervous about Santa – as is the one in the photo, who is checking out Santa from a safe vantage point.  The afternoon includes a craft corner with holiday themed projects for the younger set, which gives some of the nervous ones a chance to relax before having a chat with Santa.  There are also snacks for kids, mom, dad and grandparents.  This annual event is a family tradition with many of our guests.  Come and make the event and the pictures you take one of your favorite memories of the Christmas season.

There is no charge for the event, courtesy of the Long Grove Park District.

Santa will be at the Reed-Turner Nature Center, 3849 Old McHenry Rd. in Long Grove.  We hope to see you there.  No reservations are necessary.  Contact the Long Grove Park District at 847-438-4743 if you have any questions.


 

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.

Fall 2019 Programs for Children,Teens and Adults

Looking for some stimulating activities for your children or yourself this fall? Check out the sports and other activities available through the Long Grove Park District.

See our extensive list of activities and programs for children, teens, and adults; Nature programs for kids and adults, sports programs, after school chess, yoga and Engineering for Kids (STEM), horseback riding 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


 

Teasel – Learn about it. Control it.

Young seed head of teasel

Save Long Grove from the Teasel Invasion!

Teasel is a highly invasive plant that is taking over our roadsides.  A single Teasel plant drops over 2,000 seeds, smothering and pushing out native plants that feed and protect our wildlife and beautify our Village.  The result is an ever-spreading single-crop field of Teasel, which upsets our environment, our wildlife and our visual landscape.
Early Spring is a critical time to attack it.   Teasel rosettes are not dormant in Winter, and can be treated as soon as temperatures are above freezing.  They’re easy to spot as other plants have not leafed out yet.
This is what YOU can do to help:
  1. Spray teasel rosettes with a broadleaf herbicide i.e. 2,4-D from your local home center, hardware store or garden center.  This will kill the roots.  Young rosettes can also be dug and pulled out when the soil is moist with the aid of a long dandelion wrench, but it’s important to get the entire long root out of the ground and bagged securely for disposal.
  2. Cut existing teasel stalks at ground level and bag securely for disposal since they can have seeds.  Spray the remaining stalk stump with a broadleaf herbicide, otherwise it will just re-grow.
  3. Plant native grasses or flowers after killing and removing teasel.  This will keep out the return of teasel.

Teasel Rosettes                      Teasel Stalks                             Native Grasses

  

Come to one of our Teasel Workshops.  We will post Teasel Workshops as they become scheduled.  The Long Grove Park District is also offering custom Teasel Workshops to neighborhoods and businesses, upon request.

For more comprehensive information on Teasel…..

…click on the teasel flower (left image) for a 1 page quick guide to teasel control.

….click on the rosette (right image) for a very comprehensive slide show on Teasel.

____________________________________________________________________________________________

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.


 

Garden Club Holds their Annual May Plant Sale

Unique Shopping Opportunity for Plants, Botanical Art and Garden Décor

Now that spring is finally here (thank goodness), it’s time to start thinking about our gardens and landscapes.  So, mark your calendar for the Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club’s annual plant sale, held at Reed Turner Nature Center.   Dates are Saturday, May 18th from 9am to 4pm and Sunday, May 19th from 10am to 2:30pm.  

Unlike retailer plant sales, this is unique in that there are hundreds of perennial plants for sale that were actually grown in the Garden Club members’ gardens.  These are tried-and-true performers for our local soil and climate.  Plants include grasses, flowers and vegetables. 

Varieties of heirloom tomato plants are always a big hit at this sale. There will also be varieties of milkweed plants.  Milkweed is the only plant that the endangered monarch butterfly will lay their eggs on.  You can help stop the decline of these beautiful creatures by planting milkweed in your garden.

The award-winning Reed-Turner Botanic Artists will be selling their botanical artwork, including originals, prints and cards.   These works of art will brighten your home all year round.

Every garden needs more than just plants.  Garden décor, whether to place in the garden or to display on walls of garden sheds or patios, brings further interest to your outdoor space.  It can also serve to set apart different garden beds or borders. The Club will have a variety of outdoor decorative items, offered at very affordable prices.

We invite you to come out and see for yourself.  The Reed-Turner Nature Center is at 3849 Old McHenry Road in Long Grove.  For additional information, email Kathy at kathymichas33@gmail.com

2 Serious buyers picking their favorites