Erin McDermott earned her Girl Scout Gold Bar Award in 2015 by designing and planting a butterfly garden here at Reed-Turner Woodland. While the focus was on providing food for Monarch butterflies, the garden includes numerous flowering plants that feed many species of butterflies. Erin’s design also included the construction of two benches (one adult size and one sized for the younger set) so that visitors could sit, relax, and enjoy observing what comes to the flowers.
This is the first full year of the garden and it is flourishing. The plants are healthy and well into their bloom cycle.
Among the plants is milkweed which is an essential element for a Monarch garden, as Monarch caterpillars only feed on the leaves of milkweed. Milkweed, however, plays a double role. Its flowers are a food source not only for the Monarch adults but also for hummingbirds who visit the large clusters of tiny flowers for the nectar. If you are lucky you’ll get to see some of these incredible birds, along with a variety of butterflies.
We invite you to visit the garden, sit and observe the garden and the animals it attracts. You reach the garden by following the short path which starts on the north side of the parking lot (the same side as the Nature Center entrance sign).
Click on the image below to see some of the flowers in bloom now (July 1) or which are just about to be in bloom in the upcoming weeks.
…The shingles were falling like leaves in a late fall rainstorm.
That was the situation last winter for the Long Grove Park District’s equipment garage at Reed-Turner Woodland. The District recognized that a new roof was essential to protect the structural integrity of the garage and its contents. The question was how to fund the repairs. We decided to include the garage roof as one of our “wish list” items in our annual December donation request letter to the community.
As everyone wishes, Santa actually arrived – in the form of Peter Czaja, a new resident of Long Grove.
Peter, the owner of WMRoofing and Construction in Rivergrove, called the Park District office just before Christmas and asked if we still needed a new roof. We of course said yes. He offered to donate one to the Park District. Peter says “I believe in giving back to the community and this is something that I can do.”
So, on a beautiful spring day with the wildflowers in bloom, the Woodland was filled with some unusual
sounds of hammers and staple guns as Peter’s crew removed and replaced the garage roof with new shingles selected to both blend in with the roof of the adjacent Nature Center and to last a looong time!
With the roof done by the end of the day, Long Grove Park District President Jane Wittig was very happy as she thanks Peter for the excellent work.
The Park District received a Lake County Stormwater Management Commission matching grant for 2016. Essentially, the grant deals with rain. When it rains where does the water go? Much of it runs off your yard and driveway into ditches and culverts and then into a stream such as Indian Creek. This and the other streams in the Long Grove area empty into the Des Plaines River and, after a long journey, reach the Mississippi River and eventually the Gulf of Mexico. Sometimes this journey faces obstacles such as the 21 logjams currently impeding the flow of Indian Creek across the Long Grove Park District’s 57 acre Long View Meadow wildlife habitat area at the corner of Rts. 22 and 83. Long View Meadow is a significant migrating bird site. Over 160 species of birds have been spotted there in the last year.
Read more about the effects of these logjams on the habitat.
While Santa listened to the Wish Lists of his many visitors, the visitors also brought gifts for those who might otherwise be missed on Christmas. As the families streamed in, the stack of gifts under the tree for the needy grew steadily. All of the toys have been delivered to Toys for Tots for distribution in the area.
The Park District thanks all of our guests for their generosity. While we ask for “an unwrapped toy” (singular), many of the guests brought bags of toys.
As Santa left, he said that he looks forward to his next stop at Reed-Turner in December of 2016. Check the web site as Christmas approaches for the exact date and time. We hope both our regular visitors and newcomers will join the fun.
The Winners of the Long Grove Park District’s Scarecrow Creation Contest
A bit of chaos was the norm at the Long Grove Park District’s annual Scarecrow Creation event on October 10 as more than 75 people, from toddlers to grandparents, designed and crafted scarecrows. Starting with “skeletons” and “heads” provided by the Park District, the families stuffed, drew, glued, pinned, and stapled until their creation took life in front of them. The families then took their creation home to brighten up their Halloween season decor.
- Kangail family – Colorful Fall Fashion
- Leopoldi–Nichols family – Mustache to Remember
- Kadens family – The Black Hat
- Costabile family – Lady in Blue
- Kassulat family – Hockey Anyone?
- Mower family – Remembering Grandpa
Congratulations to all of the winners – and thanks to all of the entrants for making the event a fun day for everyone.
Special thanks to Whole Foods of Kildeer, which graciously provided refreshments and prize winners’ gift bags.
Join us for opening day activities of this Girl Scout Gold Award project.
Girl Scout Erin McDermott has designed, planned, and installed a butterfly garden and sitting area at the Reed-Turner Nature Center. She worked with Reed-Turner Steward Sarah Schultz on plant selection and design and volunteer Mike Lawler on bench building.
Opening Day Program
On Saturday, August 15 starting at 1:00
- Ribbon cutting at the garden
- Presentation about the garden
- Screening of “The Incredible Journey of the Butterfly”
- Refreshments and crafts for the younger set
Bring your family to this interesting and educational event – and come back often to observe the butterflies at work.
The Long Grove Park District seeks to enhance and preserve the quality of life and the environment and to acquire and protect our natural lands for the benefit of our present and future residents.