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Collect Rainwater at Home – Garden Refresh

Meet the newest addition to our Garden Refresh project at the McDonald Farm: a rain barrel!   For those of you who are just joining our journey, we’re giving our disheveled native garden beds a makeover. Early this year, we planned and designed the garden, giving careful thought to which native plants would thrive in the conditions around our building. Then, after waiting through the long, cold winter, we were able to get our hands in the dirt! We expanded the beds, prepped the soil…

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Planning a Day on the Water? Be River Responsible!

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and it seems like the perfect opportunity to get off land and into the water. You pack up your boat, a few snacks, and drive out to a nearby river. But wait! Before you get into your boat, there are a few things to keep in mind. Keep our rivers safe and enjoyable for everyone by following these tips! Float In, Float Out Whatever you take with you in your canoe, kayak…

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Garden Refresh: It Starts With a Plan

Now that spring is here, the plans for the Garden Refresh project are coming along for re-designing and re-planting the native garden beds on two sides of the Clow House at The Conservation Foundation (TCF) McDonald Farm. Since it has been a number of years since the garden beds were planted, it’s time for an update!  The process began on a winter day when staff measured the garden areas and drew it out on paper. Jan Roehll, a landscape architect by training, took the lead on the project. Once she had the area mapped out, noting…

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Introducing Garden Refresh: Update Your Landscaping with Native Plants

In the midst of winter, many of you look forward to getting seed and bulb catalogs, eagerly thumbing through them, dreaming of springtime and warmer weather. The Conservation Foundation looks forward to re-doing the garden beds on the east and south sides of the Clow House office space at McDonald Farm in Naperville. In those beds, staff will plant native flowers and grasses to create a garden that is both environmentally friendly and attractive.  It’s been quite a few years since these beds were planted. Some plants prospered and grew too big for the space while…

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Create a Rain Garden to Reduce Flooding and Water Pollution

Standing water can cause big problems on your property: dead grass, leaky foundations, and a potential mosquito paradise if rain water fails to soak into the ground. Fortunately, there’s a way to help that water infiltrate instead of leaving it to pool atop your lawn.   A rain garden can help solve flooding problems on your property, and at the same time, add attractive landscaping to your yard and provide habitat for birds and butterflies! You can create a rain garden by digging a shallow basin in your yard and planting it with native plants that…

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2021 Meeting Dates

March 25
May 27
July 22
September 23
November TBD

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Naperville, IL 60565

Phone: 630-428-4500
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