Brushwood Center's Native Plant Gardens

Amongst the unspoiled woodlands and prairies of Ryerson Woods, Brushwood Center’s native plant gardens bring a lovely, tranquil addition to this unique conservation area. With award-winning garden beds and front porch planters filled with plants native to our area, artists, photographers, writers, and gardening enthusiasts have found inspiration.

Thanks to the Brushwood Wild Bunch, we received Conserve Lake County’s 800th Conservation@Home award! According to Sarah Surroz, Executive Director of Conserve Lake County, “The garden volunteers, aka the Brushwood Wild Bunch, are to be commended for their efforts of maintaining the gardens, as well as all the partners involved in this project. Keep up your great work incorporating and caring for your natives.”

The Brushwood Wild Bunch brings more than just gardening skills to our organization. They inspire a culture of caring for and about nature. Looking to join this Wild Bunch? We welcome all levels of gardening experience and interests.