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Annual Native Garden Walk

Birds, Bees & Butterflies: A Native Garden Walk, returns to Oak Park & River Forest from 1 to 5 p.m., July 23. Gardeners can discover the world of good they can do by growing native plants in their yards. Attendees can tour 10 color-filled gardens in Oak Park and River Forest. Homeowners will be present to answer attendees' questions about plant names, favorite plants, and other aspects. Highlights include four native plant rain gardens, including one built by two neighbors that teamed up to solve flooding on both properties.

Several gardens display creative ways to incorporate native plants with edible gardening and urban homesteading, such as chicken coops. Others have designed every square inch of their yards themselves or even hired top native garden designers.

This garden walk is $10 for West Cook Wild Ones members and $15 for non-members. Kids attend for free. Ticket holders will receive a tour map two days before the event. To encourage social distancing, most gardens will have a separate entrance and exit. Visit to register.