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Irises, orchids, lilies of southern Illinois

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There will be a free public educational program on Wednesday, August 24, at 7 p.m. called “Irises, Orchids and Lilies of Southern Illinois.”

Illinois is home to some spectacular native wildflowers. Enjoy photos and learn about their habits and habitats.

Presenter John Schwegman is the author of The Natural Heritage of Illinois, a new book from SIU Press. John established the Natural Areas Program at IDNR.

He led the founding of the Natural Areas Association and served as its first President. Currently, he serves as a consultant to the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission.

John will sign copies of his new book after Wednesday's program.

The book which was published earlier this month is an engaging collection of 93 essays on the lands, waters, plants, and animals found in Illinois. Written in lively, accessible prose, the book discusses how wind, water, glaciers, earthquakes, fire, and people have shaped Illinois’ landforms, natural habitats, rivers and streams.

The 256-page book lists for $24.50.

The Bookworm bookstore in Carbondale's Eastgate shopping will have books available at the store and at the event for a 10 percent discount.

For more information about the cook, you can contact the Bookworm at 618-457-2665.

The program is free and open to the public. It will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24 at 216 East Monroe (green door off the alley) in Carbondale, Illinois, across from Rockhill Baptist Church.

The event is sponsored by Tupelo Chapter of Wild Ones Native Landscapers.

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