Summer 2019 Programs for Children,Teens and Adults

Looking for some stimulating activities for your children or yourself this summer?  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; Tot Rock/Kid Rock, Young Rembrandt’s Art Workshops, sports programs for kids, Nature Presentations for adults and many 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 summer.

Click the icon below to Download the Program Brochure

 


 

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

 

 

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.


 

Come and Sketch with the Reed-Turner Botanical Artists

Join us for The Reed-Turner Botanical Artists third annual Outdoor Sketching event.  Spend a morning inspired by nature in the beautiful Reed-Turner Woodland while learning about botanical art.

Our member artists will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate techniques.  Just bring your sketchbook and preferred drawing materials.

All skill levels welcome.  NO previous art making experience necessary.   It is open to all ages– so adults can come and sketch with their children.  There is no fee for this event.  In the case of inclement weather we meet inside the center.

When: Sunday, June 9, 10:30 – 12:30

Where: Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve, 3849 Old McHenry rd, Long Grove 60047

Questions: email reedturnerbotanicalartists@gmail.com


 

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.

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Lee Bassett – A Loss to the Park District and the Community

Lee Bassett, past President of the 
Long Grove Park District with
current president, Jane Wittig.

Lee Bassett passed away July 17th at age 88, after a short illness. Lee was a tireless public servant and dedicated much of his time and energy to the betterment of our village. Serving as President of the Long Grove Park District for many years, Lee made many contributions as a local environmentalist. In addition, Lee served on the Historical Society Board for many years and touched the lives of countless local students as a docent at the Ruth Barn.

 Lee was a friend to all, a kind voice of reason, a tireless worker, and a mentor to many.  He made the lives of everyone he touched better.  The Park District, the Historical Society and the entire Long Grove community have lost a beloved friend, a respected community leader and volunteer. 

 At the family’s request, the Park District and Historical Society are hosting an informal gathering of Lee’s friends to share fond remembrances. The open house is at Reed-Turner Nature Center, Wednesday, July 25th from 1 – 4 p.m.

 Lee will certainly be missed by all those that he touched during his years in Long Grove, and our sincere sympathies to his wife, Takako and family.