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Thursday, January 15, 2015 7:00 p.m.:

Converting a City Lot into a Wild Place

MathwichMary Anne and Bruce Mathwich will entertain us with their adventures converting their city lot on the Rock River in Rockton into a wonderful “Wild Place.”

How do two parsimonious, do-it-yourself people who know little about gardening convert their yard into a natural landscape? Long time Wild Ones members Mary Anne and Bruce Mathwich have done it twice, and both agree it has been one of the coolest things they’ve done.

You’ll see the experience of converting a 1950’s Rockton home landscape with the debut of a Power Point presentation. You’ll see a magnificent privacy screen of vines on the side of their yard, seed collecting tips, stump wrestling, diminutive wildlife, before and after pictures, and much more.

At last count there were 160 species of native plants in the landscape including trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, forbs, sedges and grasses. Several of the plants have been collected during “Plant Rescues” – an activity where Wild Ones members are given permission by owners to dig up plants in places that are scheduled to be developed into buildings and shopping centers. The rescue plants are planted by “group” - named for each place from which they were rescued. To see native plants that were doomed for destruction by “progress” blooming, spreading and flourishing is indeed a very satisfying sight!

We will meet at Rock Valley College, 3301 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61114, in the Woodward Technology Center (WTC), rooms 119-121. Look for signs. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. Come at 6:30 p.m. to socialize before the 7:00 meeting, browse the merchandise tables, and check out the library and Wild Ones information booths. This program is free and open to the public.