Our conservation undertakings cover a century. From our earliest days, our members have been interested in conserving the world around them...


Happy Earth Month
Adopt a Beach! 

There are Adopt-a-Beach events scheduled at beaches near you for Earth Month. It's easy, plus you get to make a difference with your community at your local beach. 

You can sign up for an Adopt-a-Beach cleanup today. Spring Kickoff events take place from April 1 through Memorial Day. So, all you have to do is find an event near you that fits your calendar and sign up. Bring the children or grandchildren, or get a group and have some fun while doing good.

Jamie Cross of the Great Lakes Alliance is happy to help you with any questions you may have. Just email Jamie Cross at jcross@greatlakes.org or call her at (616) 850-0726 .


Join Kenilworth Garden Club and the Garden Club of America's Pollinator Project

Please plant plants that attract and support pollinators!

Click here for the names of these pollinators and their plants!

Click here for the names of these pollinators and their plants!


Photo credit: Monarch Watch www.monarchwatch.org

Photo credit: Monarch Watch www.monarchwatch.org

Save the Monarchs!

In the last fifteen years our once ubiquitous monarch butterfly population declined by eighty percent.  Monarchs feed on only one plant -- milkweed (Asclepias).

Photo credit: Monarch Watch www.monarchwatch.org

Photo credit: Monarch Watch www.monarchwatch.org

Milkweed is the only host plant for the Monarch's reproduction. Milkweed was once commonly found in meadows, farmland, roadsides and pastures. Now, due to urban sprawl, commercial farming, spraying of herbicides, and mowing, entire habitats of milkweed have disappeared. Vast monoculture crops like corn and soybeans are being bred for herbicide tolerance. The widespread use of Glyphosate, a weed killer, has resulted in the emergence of a dozen herbicide-tolerant super weeds. (None of them are milkweed).  As a result, farmers now spray five times more weed killer on their crops than they did ten years ago.  Farmlands have suffered a 58% decline in milkweeds – and an 81% decline in monarchs from 1999 to 2012.

Photo credit: Monarch Watch www.monarchwatch.org

Photo credit: Monarch Watch www.monarchwatch.org

“Saving monarchs is about more than monarchs,” says Chip Taylor, the executive director of Monarch Watch, based at the University of Kansas.  “It’s saving all the species with whom they share the same habitats, especially the pollinators whose service provides the food for other species.” 

Kenilworth Garden Club is joining the campaign to Save The Monarchs. Won't you join the campaign, too? Are you wondering what you can do? It's easy! 

Plant milkweed! 

Photo credit: Monarch Watch www.monarchwatch.org

Photo credit: Monarch Watch www.monarchwatch.org

Monarchs love milkweed as much as we love chocolate and ice cream! Not so long ago, milkweed was everywhere on the North Shore. Milkweed has been disappearing as more and more land is developed and lawns and gardens established. 

To find milkweed plants for your garden, check our local nurseries. Be sure to ask them to stock it if they say that they don't carry it. Also visit native plant nurseries. Milkweed will be for sale at the Kenilworth Beautification Plant Sale. Schools and non-profits can get milkweed plants for free by visiting Monarch Watch.

Monarch Watch has a database of nurseries that supply milkweed plants and seeds. Click here for the link. Check your local garden center, too, or the Chicago Botanic Garden for seeds, plants and sources.

For more information, visit www.monarchwatch.org The site is jammed packed with information and resources.

Photo credit: Monarch Watch www.monarchwatch.org

Photo credit: Monarch Watch www.monarchwatch.org

We hope you'll join us in Saving The Monarchs. Please contact us if you have any questions or ideas.


Our Education Efforts

Currently, we spend considerable time educating our members on important topics impacting our lives on a daily basis, such as safe disposal of prescription drugs, paint, oil, gasoline, computers, cell phones and environmentally hazardous waste, water conservation, invasive species and green gardening practices.


Our Club Programs

Our Club programming often touches upon conservation, and we regularly produce conservation programs. Some of our past conservation programs include:

The Echoes of Their Wings: The Live and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon”, presented by acclaimed author Joel Greenberg. Visit passengerpigeon.org for more information or contact us.

Urban Farming, presented by Growing Power, a non-profit national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. Visit www.growingpower.org for more information or contact us.

Compost improved soil. KGC members compost and practice "green" gardening.

Compost improved soil. KGC members compost and practice "green" gardening.

Growing Healthier Plants, presented by Jack Chamber, President and Founder of TerraVesco, where we learned about large scale and home based organic farming and using compost made from worm castings.  TerraVesco's Soil Learning Center is a great resource with links to videos, books and other information. Visit them at http://terravesco.com or contact us for more information.

Organic Gardening, presented by Jeannie Nolan, founder of The Organic Gardener and at the forefront of creating organic gardens at home. Visittheorganicgardener.net or contact us for more information.

We have presented many more conservation programs. Contact us if you would like to get information about past speakers.


Conservation Resources

Garden Club of America Resources

The Garden Club of America is very active in conservation as well. The GCA’s website is an excellent resource.
Visit http://gcamerica.org/what-we-do-NAL-Conservation 

Conservation Watch, the GCA’s conservation publication is another great resource available on its website.

Click here to read the GCA Position Papers on conservation issues.

The New American Lawn, a pamphlet produced by Garden Club of America that you might find useful. Click here to access it.

The New American Golf Course, a GCA pamphlet can be accessed here.

The Drinking Water Safety pamphlet can be accessed here.

The Good Gardening pamphlet can be here.

We Live on Lake Michigan--Water Conservation Resources

The Asian carp invasion has been an issue since the dawn of the new millenium. Click here for a recent editorial.

The Alliance for the Great Lakes website is full of information. Click here to access their website.

Recycling Resources

Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County

http://www.swancc.org/

Solid Waste Agency of Lake County

http://swalco.org/

Random Acts of Flowers

http://chicago.randomactsofflowers.org/donate-vases/

Green Tips

Visit these sites for more information about going green:

http://www.earthshare.org/green-tips.html

http://www.globalstewards.org/ecotips.htm

http://content.sierraclub.org/green-tips

Books of interest

The History of Conservation in the Garden Club of America

Legislation Concerns

The Garden Club of America follows legislation, and so do we. Currently we are evaluating:

H.R.861 - To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency

H.R.458 - Preserve Our Lakes and Keep Our Environment Safe Act

Local Initiatives and Organizations

http://www.gogreenwilmette.org/

Natural Awakenings - http://www.nachicago.com/CHI/

North Shore Green Women - https://www.facebook.com/North-Shore-Green-Women-425107940917260/

If you have a conservation idea that you would like to share with us, or would like more information about Kenilworth Garden Club’s conservation programming and projects, please click here