Learn about sedge gardens at Wild Ones tour June 22

  • The Northern Kane County Chapter of Wild Ones will take a tour of the sedge garden at Midwest Natural Gardens in St. Charles on Saturday, June 22.

    The Northern Kane County Chapter of Wild Ones will take a tour of the sedge garden at Midwest Natural Gardens in St. Charles on Saturday, June 22. Courtesy of Wild Ones

  • Sedges and natives grasses can  make up a large portion of a rain garden as their deep roots cause the soil to become more sponge like to absorb rain water.

    Sedges and natives grasses can make up a large portion of a rain garden as their deep roots cause the soil to become more sponge like to absorb rain water. Daily Herald File Photo

 
Submitted by Northern Kane County Wild Ones

On Saturday, June 22, join the Northern Kane County Chapter of Wild Ones for a tour of the sedge garden at 10 a.m. at Midwest Natural Gardens, 38W443 Route 64 in St. Charles. Founding member Trish Beckjord will lead a tour of the garden and she will stress the importance of these plants and how to use them as a staple in your native garden.

The garden was the brainstorm of chairman and president of Midwest Groundcovers Christa Orum-Keller and Beckjord. It was planted in 2016 and features 35 to 40 different sedges. This is the perfect time to observe the sedges because their seed heads are in full view-one of the best ways to identify the different types.

After the tour, Beckjord recommends that participants drive over to Pottawatomie Park, along the east edge of the Fox River, located four blocks north of Route 64 and 3 blocks west of Route 25 to see sedges in action. Their Native Plant Demonstration Garden at 8 North Ave. in St. Charles exemplifies how sedges enhance other species and are beautiful in their own right.

Go to the event page at www.facebook.com/NKWildOnes/.

On Saturday, July 27, members will be touring Prucher's city garden and John Duerr's garden. On Saturday, Aug. 24, learn about weeds and invasives with Mary Zaander

The Northern Kane County Illinois Chapter of Wild Ones was founded in 2009 as a chapter of Wild Ones. They are committed to promoting the use of native plants in landscaping, gardening, naturescaping and land restoration. Wild Ones is a nonprofit environmental education and advocacy organization.

The mission of Wild Ones is to promote native plants, natural landscapes, and environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Wild Ones continues to lead the natural landscaping movement as we explore, teach, and change the practice of gardening in our communities and around the country to using native plants.

For information, visit northernkanecounty.wildones.org.

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