This year marks the second straight year Midwest Groundcovers, a wholesale nursery headquartered in St. Charles, Ill., celebrated Earth Day by partnering with local foundations that support positive environmental initiatives. Midwest’s partnerships include the state’s Adopt-A-Highway program, an Earth Day benefit dinner and silent auction and the grand opening of Hickory Knolls Discovery Center.
Midwest’s third year of participation in Illinois’ Adopt-a-Highway program began on April 7, when a group of employee volunteers collected refuse along a designated two-mile section of Route 25. Midwest’s highway beautification efforts will continue throughout the year. For more information about the Adopt-a-Highway program, visit http://www.dot.state.il.us/aah/default.html.
YouthBuild Lake County
YouthBuild Lake County (YBLC), an agency that trains low-income youth to build homes, is hosting an April 25 Earth Day event that will showcase an energy-efficient home built by trainees enrolled in YBLC’s North Chicago job-training program. Midwest Groundcovers is donating 19 shrubs and 74 perennials to the construction project. More information about YBLC can be found at their website, www.youthbuildlakecounty.org.
The Conservation Foundation Earth Day Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction
Midwest Groundcovers is donating two plant collections to The Conservation Foundation’s April 28 Earth Day Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction. Midwest contributions will be The Sun/Butterfly Lover’s Native Plant Collection, which will include one sun-loving native shrub and 12 American Beauty Native Plants, and the Shade Lover’s Native Plant Collection, which will include one shade-thriving native shrub and 12 American Beauty Native Plants.
For more information about Midwest’s American Beauty Native Plants, visit www.abnativeplants.com. The Conservation Foundation is a not-for-profit land and watershed protection organization headquartered in Naperville, Ill. Visit its website at http://www.theconservationfoundation.org.
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, Grand Opening
Midwest Groundcovers is donating its Sun/Butterfly Lover’s Native Plant and Shade Lover’s Native Plant Collections to an April 28 raffle supporting the Hickory Knolls Discovery Center in St. Charles, Ill. Midwest will also host an informational display at The Hickory Knolls Discovery Center Grand Opening Celebration on April 30. The display will provide information about American Beauty native plants, which are a diverse collection of garden-friendly perennial plants indigenous to the Midwest region.
Visit Midwest Groundcovers online at www.midwestgroundcovers.com.