We've Moved the Meeting Location!

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

Native Prairie Plant Sale Pick Up

The pick up dates are Friday, May 13, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 14, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. If you did not place an order, you can still buy plants from the extras tables at the pick up site. Knowledgable people will be on hand to help you select the right plant for your landscape.

All plants are picked up in Calendonia, IL just off East Riverside Blvd. and I-90 on the east side of Rockford, IL. Please note that the pick up location may not show up on your map or GPS because the road leading to it is too new. Refer to the following map and notice that Paladin Parkway, going North from East Riverside Blvd., becomes Paulson Rd.

Map to 4601 Paulson Rd.

Next Meeting

Thursday, May 19, Prairie Plants Close-Up: The Hidden World of Flowers and Fruits

Presented by Ken Robertson who is a retired botanist from the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois. He received B.A. and M.S. degrees from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. from Washington University and the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. He came to Illinois after spending six years with the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

"Everyone has many associations with a flower, the idea of flowers. You put out your hand to touch the flower, lean forward to smell it, maybe touch it with your lips almost without thinking, or give it to someone to please them...." — Georgia O'Keeffe, 1939.

Photo of Ken Robertson surrounded by Rattlesnake Master.Flowers are indeed special to humans, yet why do plants make flowers in the first place and why the tremendous variation in size, shape, color, and fragrance? Basically, to reproduce. Flowers are pollinated and become fruits. Inside the fruits are seeds, which ensures future generations. Much of the diversity of flowers and fruits is the result of adaptations to pollination or dispersal, usually to attract some kind of animal to visit the flowers to either carry out pollination or to carry away the seeds.

In this presentation, Dr. Robertson will use close-up and detailed macro photographs of flowers and fruits of prairie plants, showing their beauty and structure. These are then used as examples of how flowers are pollinated and how fruits are dispersed. This basic knowledge will help prairie enthusiasts understand some of the complexities of the prairie ecosystem. Dr. Robertson will concentrate on species found at Harlem Hills Nature Preserve and other prairies in northern Illinois, especially in the spring and early summer. The program is free and open to the public. For additional 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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