La Salle, Ottawa Libraries, 4-H office offering packets of native wildflower seeds – Shaw Local

As part of the Pollinator Pathways community project, the La Salle Public Library, 305 Marquette St., is offering free seed packets of native wildflowers to create “trails” that will connect wild public lands, such as parks State, with residential landscapes and community gardens to support the crucial roles of bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

Each seed packet contains 21 native wildflowers, including Prairie Aster, Blazing Star, and Butterfly Weed. One seed packet will provide coverage for a 5-7 square foot planting area or two “barrel type” planters. Seed planting can be done by individuals and/or groups.

If you are interested in seeds, fill out the form by going to or drop by the library to complete a form in person. Pollinator Pathways seeds are also distributed by Reddick Public Library District, 1010 Canal Street, Ottawa, and La Salle County 4-H, 1689 N. 31st Road, Ottawa.

Bee identification cards are also distributed with seed packets, and planters are invited to participate in related Pollinator Pathways programs, including a free virtual screening for all ages of “My Garden of a Thousand Bees,” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10. , and a “BioBlitz Nature Discovery Walk at Starved Rock State Park,” from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on May 28. More details on these programs, and others, can be found at

The Pollinator Pathways project is funded by the #PlantWildflowers initiative, supported by Tangled Bank Studios at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, PBS Nature, World Wide Fund for Nature, and Air Wick fragrance oils.

For more information, contact the La Salle Public Library at 815-223-2341.

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