New Meeting Location!

Beginning with the May 19 meeting, we have relocated to the Physical Education Center (PEC), at Rock Valley College. Directions to meeting location.

Thursday, October 20 Meeting, 7 p.m.

Native Plants in the Home Landscape

Jamie Ellis will discuss why home yards and gardens are important spaces. They provide us with beauty, a place to play and relax, and a sense of pride when a space is well designed and maintained. Yards and gardens are also part of larger landscape ecosystems and, as such, can and should provide a home for more than just their human inhabitants. With much of the Illinois landscape utilized for agricultural, urban, and industrial purposes, native plants and wildlife are squeezed into ever smaller patches of habitat. What if we could provide habitat in our home landscapes? Indeed, we have some control in our choices in these spaces. Why not choose native plants? We’ll explore what “native” means, some of Illinois’ major habitats, thought that goes into planning, and descriptions of a few favorite natives.

Jamie works as a botanist with the Illinois Natural History Survey, where he coordinates and carries out vegetation surveys across Illinois as part of the Critical Trends Assessment Program. He is most interested in the ecology, conservation, and restoration of the all-but-gone tallgrass prairie. Jamie also volunteers with Grand Prairie Friends, where, among other things, he serves on the board of directors, coordinates the summer internship program, and helps coordinate the annual native plant sale. He lives in Urbana with his wife and two children.

The program is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for browsing the lending library, the merchandise tables and displays. For more information, call (815) 332-3343.

Our Meetings


We meet the third Thursday of most months in the Physical Education Center at Rock Valley College, 3301 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61114. Most programs are free and open to the public. See Monthly Meetings for more information.

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