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Giant City Lodge landscape goes native

(Source: IDNR) (Source: IDNR)
MAKANDA, IL (KFVS) -

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Giant City Lodge have recently completed the first phase of landscape upgrades,
with emphasis placed on native plants.

The native plants have been chosen to fit the dimensional requirements of the site and are more tolerant of our seasonal environmental conditions, which should translate into less maintenance.

The goal is to highlight the value of native plants, while enhancing the already attractive setting of the historic Lodge.

Mark Riffel, of Earthwork, was instrumental in the design, plant selection and installation of the project to make certain the native plantings are a success. This is the first phase of the process to replace the existing plantings, which have several invasive species.

Giant City State Park would like to encourage all landowners to consider the use of native plants in their landscapes to enhance the beauty of their property, while also providing an opportunity for pollinators and wildlife.

For more information about using native plants in your landscape, please visit the University Of Illinois Extension webpage, the NRCS website or the Illinois Native Plant Society by clicking here.

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