Purple Prairie Favorites

Agastache scrophulariaefoliarevPurple, the color of royalty, graces our prairies throughout the season. There are many purple-flowering plants native to the Chicago area that can add richness to your landscape or natural area. We’ve chosen to highlight a mix of the common and unusual for your sunny spot. All of these species attract and support pollinators.

Agastache scrophulariifolia or Purple Giant Hyssop

Purple Giant Hyssop is a large clumping perennial in the mint family with square stems and pale lavender flower spikes from July until fall. Reaching about six feet high, this hyssop prefers prairie and savanna situations with moist soils, although it will readily adapt to average and dry areas. Its long-blooming flowers are extremely popular with bees and butterflies. Read More…

Weeds Not Wildflowers

Garlic Mustard
Garlic Mustard

Have you seen these weeds? These aggressive invaders are blooming along roadsides, in forest preserves, and in your own backyard. They are not native wildflowers and can smother our desirable species. Don’t let them get a toehold on your property. We can help! Share this so we can spread the word about invasive species.   Read More…

Burn Season: Fall 2016

kishwaukeearcher4In the midst of the growing season, you might not think of autumn and the timing of controlled burns. However, now is the perfect time to plan for your fall controlled burn project. With permitting taking up to 90 days, it’s a good idea to get a jump on the process.

Why a controlled burn?

  • Control weedy tree and shrub saplings, some invasive plants, and clean up the site for ease of control later in the season.
  • Stimulate the growth of native plants by getting sunlight to the soil, thus encouraging greater diversity of plants, insects, and animals.
  • Kills ticks.

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Featured Project: “Our Piece of the Planet”

Wild Blue Phlox, Wild Geranium, Great White Trillium
Wild Blue Phlox, Wild Geranium, Great White Trillium

In 2015 a family approached us about their newly purchased vacation property in Michigan. They had acquired 35 acres of old fields and remnant forest. They planned to build a home as well as enjoy the natural areas. They hired Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. to site the buildings and the driveway as well as craft an ecological restoration plan.  Read More…