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This Month:

Thursday, November 20, 2014 6:00 p.m.:

Bringing the Beauty of the Prairie Indoors and Member Potluck and Seed Exchange

DamerowLoris Damerow, President of the Wild Ones of Fox Valley Area Chapter (Wisconsin) will lead you through the creation of a dried arrangement for your home using native forbs and grasses. Seedpods, stalks, vines and branches, are combined for great effect in any container you choose. Exploring the shapes and textures of our native plants can reveal their unique beauty. Bring a vase, jar, antique box, coalscuttle, basket, whatever you have available. See how many native seedpods you can identify in their autumnal state. Yes, there may be a mix-and-match quiz for fun. Dried material will be provided, with additional gatherings from your yard welcomed! Please bring scissors or pruning shears.

Loris now lives in Appleton, Wisconsin, but she previously lived in rural South Beloit for 25 years. An extremely creative soul, she is a landscape designer and avid native plant gardener, and is also an art therapist.

Bring your own eating utensils and a dish to pass. Vegetarian Lasagna and drinks will be provided. Bring seeds to add for the exchange: please put in envelopes or baggies with label: common name, scientific name if you know it, and place of origin- eg. Winnebago County, WO plant sales, or other source, and your name, in case anyone has questions like ‘how the plant grows.’ For “newbies” – we always have lots of seeds – if you are new to this, you are welcome to go home with some seeds! We want to share - the better chances of more and more native plants growing all over the place.

If you are not a member yet – this is a great time to join and participate in one of our fun member benefits.

We are meeting at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford, 4848 Turner Street, Rockford, IL 61107.