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Tree Body Resources

Available at the Library!
Need help with you trees? Consult the resource files at the Library. The Tree Body currently has six volumes of articles about trees and a variety of subjects related to our environment. Information contained in these volumes covers a wide range of topics including tree species, wildlife, native plants and useful descriptions with pictures of diseases and insects to help our residents. We get information from the Morton Arboretum, National Arbor Day Foundation, EPA, etc. Marifran Peckenpaugh is collecting, organizing, and updating these materials.

Morton Arboretum Plant Clinic
Weekday afternoons 1-3pm. Call 630-719-2424. You may call or take specimens to the clinic. Before you have work done on your trees, it is recommended you check with the Clinic about proper procedures. The clinic covers plant identification, diagnosis for woody plant ailments, and selection of trees and shrubs.

Chicago Botanic Gardens
847-835-8261 You may call this number and ask for assistance.  

Master Gardeners:
Volunteers trained by the University of Illinois Extension Service answer your questions about insects, sod, house plants, lawns and trees. Call 708-532-3337, weekdays 9 to 3pm. 


Reference Books for Native Plants


Book Title Author

"Forest And Shade Trees Of Iowa"

Van der Linden & Farrar
"Landscaping With Native Trees" Sternberg & Wilson
"Manual of Woody Landscape Plants" Michael Dirr
"Midwest Gardens" Wolfe & Irving
"Nature's Heartland" Boon & Groe
"Oaks Of North America" Miller
"Plants Of The Chicago Region" Swink & Wilhelm
"Plants that Merit Attention- Vol. 2 Shrubs" The Garden Club of America
"Plants That Merit Attention-Vol. 1 Trees" The Garden Club of America
"Seeds Of Woody Plants In The United States" Forest Service U.S. Dept. of Ag.
"The Natural History Of Wild Shrubs And Vines" Harper & Row
"Trees, Shrubs And Vines For Attracting Birds" Degraaf & Witman

Natural Landscapers

Gerard and Greene Native Plant Nursery and Landscape Design.
26225 S. Woodlawn Ave., Crete, IL 60417

Back to Nature Design
These consultants work in Palos Park and do restoration in the Forest Preserves. On-site consultation for creating a natural landscape using native plants and trees.

Pizzo & Associates-Landscape Architects/Contractors
708-209-1660, fax 708-652-3697
Designs landscapes using native plants and trees-ecological restoration-burns.

Trumpet Vine
John Dekoker, 12228 Harlem Avenue, Palos Heights, IL. On-site consulting.


Nurseries with Native Plants and Trees
Always specify that you want locally grown native species.

Possibility Place Nursery 
Conner Shaw will help with selection. Call and make an appointment to visit his nursery or ask him to come to your home. He does not do the planting. All his plants, trees and shrub are native to Palos Park. 7548 West Monee-Manhattan Road, Monee, IL. Ask to be placed on the catalog mailing list.

Gerard and Greene, Native Plant Nursery and Landscape Design.
Native Plant Nursery and Landscape Design,
26225 S. Woodlawn Ave., Crete, IL 60417

Prairie House Garden Center 
15151 Harlem Avenue, Orland Park, IL

The Growing Place 
25 West 471 Plank Road, Naperville, IL

Plum Creek Nursery 
225 East Bemis Road, Crete, IL

Sid's Garden Center 
10926 SW Highway, Palos Hills, IL. They will special order plants.

The Natural Garden
West 442 Route 64, Saint Charles, IL


Arborists and Tree Service
Contact all three companies on this list. Ask for a free estimate and get  the free advise from the Morton Arboretum Plant Clinic (listed above) It is wise to contact the clinic before and after you call a tree service. If there is no danger or disease, consider leaving dead or fallen trees for birds and wildlife.

The Davey Tree Expert Company
11-S-165 Madison St.,
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Care of Trees  

Homer Tree Service  
815-838-0320, fax # to 815-838-0375


Mail Order Sources

The Wildflower Source 
P.O. Box 312, Fox Lake, Il 60020

Midwest Wildflowers
Box 64, Rockton, IL

Prairie Nursery
P.O. Box 306, Westfield, WI, 53964, 608-296-3679 fax at 608-296-2741



Chicago Wilderness Magazine
P.O. Box 268, Downers Grove, IL 60515-8358. Four issues a year. Chicago Wilderness is an alliance of over 100 public and private organizations working together to study and restore, protect and manage the natural resources of the Chicago region. The magazine illustrates the stories of the people and organizations working to heal and protect local nature. Palos Park became a member in March 2000.

The Wild Ones Journal-Natural Landscapers, Ltd.
P.O. Box 1274, Appleton, WI. 54912-1274.



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8999 West 123rd Street, Palos Park, Illinois 60464
Main: 708-671-3700 
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