MULCH MADNESS 2021: Hold onto your gardening hats, sports fans!

Last year, following the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Basketball tournament, the team started our own version: MULCH MADNESS. We’re excited to announce the return of the tournament this year! This competition involves 28 flowering native plants found in the Red Oak Rain Garden battling it out to find out who will make it toContinue reading “MULCH MADNESS 2021: Hold onto your gardening hats, sports fans!”

Winter Wildlife: Identifying Animal Tracks

By Guest blogger Peggy Doty, Energy and Environmental Stewardship Educator, Illinois Extension Winter brings a unique opportunity to view wildlife in the Red Oak Rain Garden from a different perspective. Although animals move around the garden all the time, you might not notice them. In winter, from a human perspective, everything seems frozen and inactive,Continue reading “Winter Wildlife: Identifying Animal Tracks”

Holiday Decorations from the Eye of the Landscape Designer

By Layne Knoche, RORG Landscape Designer Early each December, my mom and I take on one of our favorite tasks of the year: putting up the Christmas tree. It sounds fairly simple, but I promise you, it’s anything but. While the tree isn’t the showiest or most extravagant, it’s steeped in traditions dating back toContinue reading “Holiday Decorations from the Eye of the Landscape Designer”