Greener BeeGreen TipsLooking toward spring: native plant landscaper gives gardening tips at Takiff Center talk

Even as snow can be found on the ground, some people are still looking for gardening tips.

In an hour-long program on Jan. 11, native plant landscaper Monica Buckley, the owner of Chicago’s Red Stem Native Landscapes, spoke about the types of plants that will not only thrive in shade, but are native to the region and thus beneficial to the environment.

During the program, sponsored by the Friends of the Green Bay Trail and held at the Glencoe Park District’s Takiff Center headquarters, Buckley ticked off a number of possibilities for the aspiring shade gardener such as wild geranium, merry bells or spring beauty.

“They are part of the native habitat, which means they co-evolve with bees and butterflies in the region and thus support increasingly threatened species, such as the monarch butterfly,” Buckley said.


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