Club purchased swamp milkweed seeds from the Garden Clubs of Illinois to distribute at membership committee events and other community events to promote the Milkweed for Monarchs project.
Through a collaboration between the City of Naperville, the Conservation Foundation and our Club, a Pollination Station was established at the Naperville Municipal Center. The pollinator garden is filled with flowering native plants that support butterflies and other pollinators. The area will be used to promote awareness about native plants and to inspire residents and businesses to use them in their landscapes.
Members of the DuPage Monarch Project have requested our Club’s support for a Naperville proposal. The DuPage Monarch Project is a group of local organizations who ask communities to formally resolve to make their towns more monarch friendly. They are preparing a proposal to present to the Naperville Park District and City of Naperville that asks them to pass a resolution to improve available habitat for monarch butterflies and other native pollinators through specific actions and to install signage by the plantings to increase public awareness and education.
For the 2015 Cup of Cheer™, the Club decorated the Martin Mitchell Mansion at the Naper Settlement for the holidays. It was so well received; Naper Settlement asked us back this year to decorate the Mansion again. It will not be included in the 2016 Cup of Cheer™, but Naper Settlement will have tours of the Mansion this holiday season so visitors can see it beautifully decorated in the Edwardian style of the 1910s. It will be adorned in holiday splendor by the House Committee from the 2015 Cup of Cheer™.