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Prairie Walk

Prairie Walk

July 1, 2017 - July 1, 2017

Garfield Farm Museum
3N016 Garfield Rd.
ST. Charles, IL 60175
630.584.8485

9am Guided tour of the prairie. Reservations: $6 adults- $3 children. Garfield Farm Museum will conduct a prairie walk that foreshadows the summer glory of the once vast Illinois prairie. Museum biologist, Jerome Johnson will lead the walk discussing the flora and fauna as well as the historic land use impact upon the ecosystem. It is the intense color of flowers around the fourth of July that heralds a 3 month season of spectacular blooms that once dominated the Illinois landscape. In particular, the gaudy rose purple of the marsh phlox against the vibrant green vegetation that hints at the day time display of prairie “fireworks”. The real star of this burst of color is the Turk’s Cap Lily. The intense orange blossoms that can occur on five to six feet tall stems is so named as its petals curl resembling a turban. As many as two dozen blossoms can occur on a single plant provided no one browsing deer has developed a taste for the unfurled blooms.

www.garfieldfarm.org



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