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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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


Barbara Reed Turner Passed Away

April 9, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we write today to inform you that earlier this morning Barbara Reed Turner passed away peacefully at her home here in Long Grove.

Barbara has been a resident of our village since her youth and will be remembered as a cherished friend, leader, and role model in our community. She was well known to a generation of students as the librarian at Kildeer Countryside School, and was one of the founders of the Long Grove Historical Society, serving as curator and co-authoring a book about our local history. 

Most notably, Barbara will be remembered for her legacy in conservation of our open spaces in Long Grove, and the donation of the 36-acre Reed-Turner Woodland to the public as an Illinois Nature Preserve. Her stewardship of this property and her preservation efforts throughout Lake County distinguished Barbara for many honors and serve as an inspiration to us all. The Village of Long Grove, the Long Grove Historical Society and the Long Grove Park District offer our gratitude for Barbara’s lifetime of service to the community, and our heartfelt condolences to the Reed-Turner family. 

At the May 28, 2019 Village Board Meeting, President Bill Jacob and the Village Board proclaimed the month of June as Barbara Turner Month in honor of her 100th birthday and in recognition of her many contributions to the community.

A memorial gathering will be held in the months ahead. Please check the Village website http://longgroveil.gov , the Historical Society website http://LongGroveHistory.org or the Park District website http://lgparks.org where further details will be posted when arrangements have been announced.    


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.

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.