Garden Coordinator

Lisa Gibson, Warrenville, Illinois Community Leader
When I started learning about wildlife, I was told that if I put an orange slice at my bird feeder during a certain time of year, I could see a migrating Baltimore Oriole. I had never seen one, even though I’ve lived here most of my life, so I was pretty skeptical that I would get a visit. Not 20 minutes after I put that orange slice out there- I could not believe it, a bright orange Baltimore Oriole had landed and was feasting on the fruit! I realized then, that I simply wasn’t aware of most of the wildlife around me. I learned, that by planting the right trees and flowers, I could create habitat for wildlife and make my home beautiful at the same time. We can’t always find these plants at the garden center, unfortunately, so I am excited to share my knowledge and experience with everyone who wants to make their home a better place for wildlife. I have a special interest in rain gardens and using native wetland plants. These plants can help homeowners create a beautiful, eco-friendly garden that can help protect their home and keep pollution out of our waterways. I love how easy it is to grow native plants, and I’m encouraged by the fact that native plant gardening is really catching on. I love learning about how to use these plants, and can’t wait to start building the next garden!

Community Resources

Native Plants

Natural Communities

Possibility Place


coming soon

Native Seeds

Seeds of the Prairie

Garden Seeds

coming soon