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The Citizens For Conservation graphic above is your road map for plant pre-order pickup, and/or plant purchases starting tomorrow.  For complete information, click here.

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Healthy Plants

When shopping for plants at your local garden center, assessing the roots is key. Healthy roots are white to cream in color and well distributed in a plant’s root mass. (Beth Botts/The Morton Arboretum)

When you’re shopping in the garden center, how do you know you’re getting a healthy plant?

“Don’t just judge by the green part you can see,” said Stephanie Adams, a pathologist in plant health care at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle. “Look at the roots, which are just as important.”

Here are some tips from Adams for choosing good plants:

Read the label. “The first step is to make sure you’re buying the right kind of plant for the place where you’re going to put it,” she said. Consider the amount of sunlight the plant requires, and be sure it is hardy in USDA winter hardiness zone 5, which applies to most of the Chicago area. If the plant is a tree or shrub, find out how tall and wide it will ultimately grow so you know if it will fit in the space you have available. Make sure the plant is a good match for the soil conditions in your garden.

Judge the color. Most plants should be a uniform medium green. If a plant’s leaves are not uniformly green, make sure the white splotches or the purple tinge is the appropriate color for that cultivated variety and doesn’t represent a problem. Some cultivated varieties are bred to have differently colored leaves. For example, a plant with yellowish leaves might have been bred that way, or it might be a naturally green plant that is losing chlorophyll because of a disease. The label should make it clear what the plant is intended to look like.

Look for symmetry. Among perennials and shrubs, choose plants with evenly distributed leaves and stems all the way around.

Read more here.

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Wild Onion

“Not sure how to volunteer to help nature? Learn about the many ways to volunteer with CFC at Wednesday’s Raise-a-Pint event.

Volunteers consistently say their ‘experiences are rewarding’ and ‘they get back far more than they contribute.’ Your hobby, special interest, experience, time, or talents can be matched to volunteer opportunities helping nature. CFC volunteers come from all walks of life with the common bond of caring about nature in our region.

Join in the fun and support CFC activities, meet and talk with volunteers, learn how you can volunteer, enjoy raffle prizes, and the Wild Onion Brewery will donate $1 for each pint sold.

Wednesday 3/30 | 5pm-8pm | Wild Onion Brewery, 22221 N Pepper Rd, Lake Barrington.”

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A special Mother’s Day garden package, which includes an assortment of flowers that will attract butterflies and bees and provide blooms from spring through fall, is available to order during Citizens for Conservation’s 26th annual Native Plant, Shrub and Tree Sale. For information, visit springsale.citizensforconservation.org.

“Online ordering for Citizens for Conservation’s 26th annual Native Plant, Shrub and Tree Sale is available through April 17 on CFC’s website, springsale.citizensforconservation.org.

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID precautions, the in-person sale is back and will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8, in the Good Shepherd Hospital barn area, 450 W. Hwy. 22 in Lake Barrington. COVID health and safety protocols will be in place.

CFC’s sale is one of the largest in the area, offering more than 350 varieties of forbs, ferns, and grasses. This year’s sale will also feature a special Mother’s Day garden package, which includes an assortment of flowers that will attract butterflies and bees and provide blooms from spring through fall.

Native plants provide many advantages for both gardeners and the environment, and buyers can choose from a huge selection of robust, hardy native plants such as perennials, ferns, sedges, grasses, shrubs and trees. As part of CFC’s Milkweed for Monarchs campaign to encourage monarch populations, six species of native milkweed will be available at discounted prices.

But other native plants are essential as well; monarch and other pollinators need flowering native plants as food all season long.

All plants sold are free of neonicotinoid pesticides. To help customers better plan their purchases, CFC’s online catalog includes information on plants’ color, bloom period, water and sun requirements and size.

Orders are filled on a first-come-first-filled basis, so order early. Pickup date for preorders is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 6. CFC members will also be able to shop the sale May 6, and members get a 10% discount all days.

To help with plant selection, native plant experts from CFC’s Habitat Corridors Program are available for a brief online or phone consultation. Email a request by April 1 to info@habitatcorridors.org with your name and contact information, and a native plant expert will be in touch to set up an appointment. Please include “Native Plant Sale” in the subject line.

For information, contact CFC at cfc@citizensforconservation.org.”

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Citizens for Conservation is taking on-line orders beginning today:

“We are excited to return to an in-person sale again in 2022!

  • Online ordering begins March 1st
  • Click here to access the plant sale!
  • Orders are due by April 17th.
  • Pick-up dates for on-line orders will be May 6 and 7 at the barns area of Good Shepherd Hospital
  • The in-person sale runs from May 6 – 8 at the barns area of Good Shepherd Hospital

This year’s sale features a special Mother’s Day Garden along with more than 350 varieties of native plants, shrubs and trees. Click here for further details on this year’s sale.”

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Kids can paint pumpkins and decorate scarecrows at Barrington’s 20th annual Scarecrow Festival.

Those old clothes you’ve been meaning to donate can get new life at Barrington’s 20th annual Scarecrow Festival.

The free, family-friendly festival will take place from 11 AM to 2 PM Saturday, Oct. 16th, at Memorial Park, Hough and Lincoln avenues in Barrington.

The popular event is emceed by Bob the DJ and features free pumpkin and scarecrow decorating. Pumpkins and painting supplies are provided, but bring your own old clothes to outfit your scarecrow.

Also on tap are pony rides, face painting, and other family activities.

Barrington Youth & Family Services has invited many local organizations and businesses to provide fun crafts and games including BStrong Together, The Barrington Area Library, Barrington Area Conservation Trust, CrossFit Barrington, and Kaleidoscope School of Fine Art.

The event is sponsored by Village of Barrington, Barrington Youth & Family Services, Heinen’s and Bob the DJ.

For information, visit www.barrington-il.gov.

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CFC 50Help celebrate CFC’s 50th anniversary at this family-friendly fest this weekend. Live music, food and beverage trucks, fun nature activities, wildlife demonstrations, games, prizes, crafts, and more.

The event will take place this Saturday at a big top tent at the Smith Building, 27401 W. Rt. 22, Lake Barrington, from 2 – 6 PM.  For tickets, visit the 50 FEST webpage here.

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(Note: It’s not too late to pre-order shrubs and trees from Citizens for Conservation during their Fall sale running through Tuesday. Click here for details.)


When you plant a tree, make sure the root flare — the place where the stem or trunk flares out into the root — sits at or slightly above the level of the soil. That way, you’ll bury the roots, but not the stem.

Planting or transplanting a tree, shrub or perennial is all about giving its roots a good home in the soil.

“It’s the only time we see the roots and can focus on what they need,” said Sharon Yiesla, plant knowledge specialist in the Plant Clinic of The Morton Arboretum in Lisle. “The rest of the time, we tend to forget them.” But a plant can only grow the parts we enjoy — the leaves and flowers and branches — if it has a healthy root system to supply water and nutrients.

Once a tree or shrub is planted, it will be very hard to tell if something has gone wrong with the roots, and it will be difficult, often impossible, to correct root problems that can stunt or even kill a plant.

“Taking care when planting is an investment toward avoiding problems,” she said.

Early fall is an excellent time to plant or transplant trees and shrubs, Yiesla said: “If you get the plant in the ground by early October and you keep it watered, it will have several weeks or more to get its roots established before the soil freezes.”

Most often, homeowners purchase trees and shrubs in large pots. Here are suggestions from Yiesla and the Plant Clinic for giving container-grown plants’ roots a good start.

Read more here or visit the Morton Arboretum website here.

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CFC Fall 2021Plant native trees and shrubs to help create bird, pollinator, and wildlife habitat. CFC’s 24th annual Fall Native Tree & Shrub Sale is here! Online ordering is available through 8/31 at fallsale.citizensforconservation.org.

Pick up is Sept 11th 9am – 3pm at Frier Farm, 23585 N. Kelsey Rd, Lake Barrington (only 2 miles from CFC). All sales are preorder online only; no additional plants will be available on pickup day. CFC members will receive a 10% discount on all orders.

For more information, call CFC at (847) 382-7283.

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CFC“Today is CFC’s 50th ANNIVERSARY. Thank you to everyone for your dedicated support over the decades.

Together this community of concerned citizens have invested in the future, inspired us to take action to improve the environment we live in, and create habitats for all living things. Today CFC protects and manages almost 500 acres of natural land. Example: this soybean field restored to pristine prairie and wetland. We are excited about working together to accomplish even greater things in the next 50 years. Thank you.”

Via CFC Facebook page

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