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From the Village website:

“Bring your unwanted digital cameras with other unwanted electronics to be recycled behind the Public Works Building on Village Hall grounds. Vision-IT will help unload your unwanted electronics–literally! Pack your car, your trunk, your trailer…however you bring it over and Zack and his team will help!

Worried about hard drive security? Upon your preference, HDs are either physically SHREDDED with a report and Certificate of Destruction provided or ERASED securely through a NIST-800 or Document of Destruction standard with reporting provided.”

Electronic items being accepted include:

Digital Cameras, TVs ($10 fee; cash only), Printers ($10 fee; cash only), Desktop PC/Tower, Servers, Cell Phones, Tablets, VOIP Phones, Gaming Systems, Household Batteries, Audio/Video Equipment, Cable Boxes, LCD Monitors, Circuit Boards, Cabling, Networking Switches/Hubs/Modems/Routers and Batteries for Cars, Lawn Mowers or Motorcycles

Note: Lightbulbs are not accepted

Drop-off location is illustrated above at 112 Algonquin Road.

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Deere

The new growing season is underway! John Hughes is pictured with his granddaughter during the 2021 growing season. | Courtesy of Two Rivers-Barrington Growing Project

Barrington United Methodist Church, in partnership with Two Rivers-Barrington Growing Project, is working to help third-world farmers escape poverty for life.

Through this unique Growing Project model, U.S. farmers work with their churches and surrounding communities to become part of the solution – raising money and awareness to end world hunger. This support enables people living in the world’s poorest regions to receive the tools and training they need to grow their own food and lift themselves out of poverty.

Growing Hope Globally vets every program and only selects those that meet its best practice standards, thereby ensuring that every time the Two Rivers-Barrington Growing project gives $55, another person escapes poverty for life.

For information about Barrington United Methodist Church and its missions, visit barringtonumc.com/get-involved

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Editorial note: Since it’s traditional for some to visit area garden centers on Mother’s Day to select their first spring plantings, we thought this might be of interest to them.

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Whispering Hills is adding over 8 new acres to an already 15-plus acre offering

Whispering Hills Garden and Landscape Center in Crystal Lake plans to expand its operations through the purchase of The Barn Nursery’s recently retired retail operation.

Whispering Hills said in a news release that the acquisition will add over eight acres to its existing 15 acre offering.

Along with the acreage, Whispering Hills will also inherit The Barn Nursery’s retail storefront, which includes a walkable indoor greenhouse, a larger showroom and more room outdoors for products, according to the release. The Barn’s established retail building will become Whispering Hills’ new unified retail center.

This news comes alongside a newly planted tree farm that will be growing unique and mainstay varieties of maple, crabapple, oak, cypress, birch, ginkgo, serviceberry and lilac. This tree farm will help Whispering Hills better serve its clientele with stock that is becoming harder to find due to supply chain shortage, it said.

For more information, go to www.whisperinghillsnursery.com.

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CFC

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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Arbor Day

Today is the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day, a celebration of trees. Oak tree saplings are available for pickup for free at Village Hall thanks to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

The tree supply can be found next to the Village Public Works Building (aka the pole barn seen as you enter Village Hall).

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Crabtree

Wyatt Charbonneau, 2, of Volo plays a game of Connect Four in the woods during the Cook County Forest Preserve Earth Day event Saturday at the Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington Hills. (Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer)

Giant bubbles, big climbing logs and mud painting were among the Earth Day activities during the Cook County Forest Preserve’s nature play event Saturday at the Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington Hills.

“We’ve been doing this for several years,” said Karen Holmes, the center’s assistant director. “It’s really kind of low-key that gets people outdoors to play with things that can be recycled or reused.”

Natural materials were the theme for the event. A large-scale Connect Four game used red-and-black-colored discs that were cut from buckthorn, an invasive plant species.

Clear plastic tennis ball canisters collected by a local club and given to the nature center were being reused as seed starters. With construction paper lining, a little bit of water, a bean seed was shown to be able to sprout in just a few days.

More 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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Grow Lake County

Lake County residents have a new online tool to seek out locally grown produce, farm-to-table businesses and more after the relaunch of the interactive Grow Lake County website.

The website maps 87 environmentally conscious organizations and businesses, from Adam’s Acres Organics, a Grayslake-area farm specializing in organic greens and vegetables, to Zin Gastro Pub, a Lake Zurich restaurant that locally sources 80% of its ingredients.

The relaunched map, which can be found at growlakecounty.org, coincides with the beginning of the spring growing season and farmers markets, a time when people are most interested and able to access local foods, according to the Lake County Community Foundation. The foundation funds the Grow Lake County website with two partner organizations.

The map will lead residents to 18 farmers markets, 15 farm stands, 11 community gardens and two Community Supported Agriculture Programs, or CSAs, where residents can subscribe to receive regular produce from local farms.

The website also provides information on how residents can plan their own garden or get involved in the county’s community of local food producers.

More here.

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Kids can create a nature craft at some Earth Day events in the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

It’s time to show a little love to Mother Nature.

Earth Day is Friday, April 22, and Arbor Day follows on April 29. Here are some local events to mark the occasion — and to give back.

Earth Day in Barrington: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, at Pederson Preserve, West County Line and Hart roads, Barrington. Join Barrington Area Conservation Trust to plant native warrior sedges, install a bald cypress tree, learn about stream ecology and more. Parking is available at Barrington High School, 616 W. Main St. Free. Register at bit.ly/BACTearthday.

Earth Day Nature Play: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills. Enjoy family-friendly Earth Day activities in a three-acre Nature Play area. Free. fpdcc.com/event/earth-day-nature-play.

More here.

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BACT Earth Day 22

Barrington Area Conservation Trust

Join Barrington Area Conservation Trust in a conservation event that joins the entire community in celebrating Earth Day from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 22.

Barrington residents are coming together to honor Mother Nature and restore the Barrington area’s natural beauty at BACT’s Pederson Preserve. Located at the corner of County line and Hart Roads, parking is available at Barrington High School.

Participants will plant native warrior sedges, install a bald cypress tree, learn about stream ecology and more. Children are welcome!

Register here.

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