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A blog for Chicago Master Gardeners providing information on volunteer opportunities, training, workshops and resources.
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Continuing Ed: Attracting Birds and Butterflies

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Marian Thill, a Master Gardener with the Chicago Botanic Garden, says you don't need a lot of space to attract birds and butterflies to your garden. Her small Morton Grove backyard has documented 21 butterfly species and 75 different kinds of birds over the last 15 years. She'll be the Thursday, February 7 speaker for the Wild Flower Preservation Society in the auditorium of the Lincoln Park Cultural Center, 2045 North Lincoln Park West at 1 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Marian is also a certified naturalist through the Morton Arboretum, she'll be joining the group for a dutch-treat lunch across the street at the Original Pancake House, 2020 North Lincoln Park West at 11:30 a.m. The Wild Flower Preservation Society is 95 years old this year. Annual dues are $10 to cover the cost of meetings and life membership is $50. Meetings are spring and fall with an occasional field trip. More information from Jeanne Zasadil at

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