Native Garden ribbon cutting highlights partnership between Park District staff and community organization

Park District staff and Board Members joined Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition (ECCC) on Tuesday, September 6 for a ribbon cutting celebrating the new native garden located on the north side of Wilder Park Conservatory.

The native garden was completed this summer after discussions last year between Park District staff and ECCC led to a collaborative effort between the organizations. Site preparations began in early spring, followed by the planting of the garden by ECCC volunteers in June. ECCC also donated $1,500 towards plants and signs.

“It was a pleasure to work with Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition on this project,” said Director of Parks, Dan Payne. 

“The area was transformed from an underutilized space to an inviting and informative destination.”

Park visitors now see a series of native gardens, as well as signage highlighting native plants and the benefits of incorporating them into a landscape. A new art installation, with the word ‘Grow’ displayed across it emphasizes the goal of celebrating native landscapes.

Native plants are great for nature and for gardeners. They provide food for pollinators and habitat for wildlife, while also needing less water and maintenance to thrive.