2021 Native Plant Sale a Huge Success!

By: Jeanette Jaskula, President, Friends of the Sands Thank you to everyone who supported our Native Plant Sale this year. We raised $3,706 to support conservation work in Newton County! This was the best sale we have ever had! This sale is one of my favorite FOS events. I enjoy handing people their boxes fullContinue reading “2021 Native Plant Sale a Huge Success!”

Chatty Little Grasshopper Sparrows

By: Alyssa Nyberg, The Nature Conservancy Nature isn’t always what it seems – a chatty little grasshopper sparrow taught me that. For the first ten or so years that I worked at the Kankakee Sands Nursery, I was always looking down, either at the native plants that I was planting into the soil, or atContinue reading “Chatty Little Grasshopper Sparrows”

Growing Fancy Plants

By: Alyssa Nyberg, The Nature Conservancy Trudging through the cold north winds on an early March morning, icy rains slashing my face, I make my way from the parking lot to the Kankakee Sands greenhouse. Clomp-clomp, clomp-clomp. I slide open the greenhouse door and am instantly transported to a state of bliss – the warmth,Continue reading “Growing Fancy Plants”

Our 16th Native Plant Sale

By: Gus Nyberg, Treasurer, Friends of the Sands Friends of the Sands will be hosting our annual Native Plant Sale on May 29, 2021, our 16th annual! These native plants, lovingly grown from seed by Friends of the Sands volunteers, are appropriate for use in all soil and moisture conditions in Newton County and nearbyContinue reading “Our 16th Native Plant Sale”