What is your passion?

Save Our American Raptors

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 SOAR'S PURPOSES
~to EDUCATE the public on the importance of raptors and habitat;
~to PROMOTE the scientific study of free-living raptors;
~to TRAIN raptor handlers, and help improve conditions for all raptors in captivity;
~to help RESOLVE human/raptor conflicts.
http://www.soar-inc.org/exploresoar.html

Inspiring Gardens across the Americas.

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 Plant America supports the main reason that people say they join a garden club - to learn about gardening! 


http://gardenclub.org/projects/plant-america.aspx

For the love of Dahlias

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https://dahlia.org/

Known as our gardens natural fireworks.

The art of Ikebana

 Ikebana, one of the traditional arts of Japan, has been practiced for more than six hundred years.  


http://www.chicagoikebana.org/

Growing Orchids

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 "The orchid family includes nearly 900 genera, somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 species and over 70,000 hybrids or cultivars." The Orchid Family or orchidaceae are the largest family of angiosperms, or flowering plants in the world. Approximately twenty thousand species and nine hundred genera of orchids are known

http://www.aos.org/

Attracting Monarchs to your garden

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Everything you need to know about Monarchs in your garden.

Attracting birds to your yard.

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There is so much to learn about birds. 

  • Houses
  • Food
  • plants

They all play there part in which birds are drawn into your area.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of PRC's "neighbor to neighbor" service.

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People’s Resource Center has served our neighbors in DuPage County since 1975.

PRC meets basic needs, including food, clothing, and rent assistance, and offers skill-building resources, such as literacy classes, job assistance, computer training and art.

Sustainable backyard gardening

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There isn't anything better then walking in your backyard and being able to pick a tomatoe or any other vegitable and eat it without worrying about what chemical has been sprayed on it.

Teaching our younger generations the importance of a garden.

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Connecting Homeless Families to a Better Futuree the right tools

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Mission: The mission of Bridge Communities is to transition homeless families to self-sufficiency by working with partners to provide mentoring, housing, and supportive services.

Vision: Our vision is a community where all families are healthy, financially stable, and living in affordable housing.

Values: Each of our core values—Partnership, Empowerment, Integrity, Respect, Hope—apply to  everyone involved in Bridge Communities – clients, mentors, program partners, volunteers, donors, board members, staff and community.

Why are Pollinators important?

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  Pollinators are animals that transfer pollen to fertilize plants. Many insects and some bats are pollinators. Hummingbirds, Humans can be pollinators as well! Not all plants need pollinators, but about 85 percent of them do.   ​Pollinators are of great value to native plants and agricultural crops. In the United States, more than 150 crop plants require pollinators. Pollinators help insure that we have food to eat. 

A closer look at your natural environment

Who is that in my Garden

Butterfly found in a members backyard in Glen Ellyn Summer 2018.

 Who is that in my Garden? Presented by Janie Grillo    There are approximately 150 species of butterflies in Illinois, of these 25 - 30 are common in home landscapes. Learn tips for identifying the most common butterflies, and what to plant in order to attract particular species to your yard. 

Native Plants, what exactly are Native Plants?

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 They are usually defined as plants recorded as growing wild in an area at the time that scientific collection began in that area. Other plants are considered introduced. The scope of Wildflowers covers several Midwestern states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin). Plants included on the website are native to one or more of those states (some may also be native to states outside the scope of this website). 

Benefits of bats in the garden.

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They eat misquitos, they fertilize, they polinate!

62 edible wild plants that you didn't know you could eat

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By Colin

You’re  in the woods with some friends and realise neither of you packed enough food, what’s your first instinct? I certainly wouldn’t panic and neither should you. You are probably armed with tools in your backpack. Combine that with the Earth vast variety of natural foods; you should have little problem in getting nourishment.

Medicinal Plants

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Have you opened a n This fragrant, flowering plant has been used since Ancient Greece began using to stop excess bleeding. It is said the Greek hero Achilles used it on his wounds, hence the name. Pioneers and aboriginal people applied this on open wounds and cuts as a poultice made from the leaves to help clot the blood. They also combined fresh yarrow juice with water to help an upset stomach and for intestinal disorders. A tea made from the leaves and stems will act as an astringent. ew location, redesigned your shop, or added a new product or service? Don't keep it to yourself, let folks know.

Edible wild mushrooms in Illinois

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 Mushroom hunters discover a variety of delectable fungi throughout much of the year in Illinois. Puffballs, portobellos and morels are among the wild mushrooms growing seasonally in the state. Knowing when each edible species emerges determines when to look for them.