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2014-2015 Events
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Bagpipes & Bonfire
Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve
Sunday, September 27, 2015
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
RAIN OR SHINE!
 
Join us for our 28th annual Bagpipes & Bonfire on Sunday, September 27, 2015. Bring the whole family for an evening of games, fun, Scottish entertainment, picnic feast, wine, beer & spirits at the beautiful Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve. The evening culminates with the landing of kilted sky divers, a dramatic bagpipes procession and the lighting of the bonfire. For questions about the event please email or call 847.234.3880 x17. For event, entertainment and other underwriting opportunities click here.

Reservations for Bagpipes & Bonfire are held at the gate under your last name. No hard copy tickets will be issued:

Members: $100/adult, $35/child (ages 4-20), 3 and under are free
Non-Members: $175/adult, $50/child (ages 4-20), 3 and under are free
 
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Please join us at one of the following sponsorship levels for Bagpipes & Bonfire and enjoy some of the benefits below. 

$750 Patron benefits:   PURCHASE NOW

  • Four tickets to the event;
  • Patron listing in the Bagpipes & Bonfire invitation;
  • One valet parking pass ON SITE (all general admission guest must take a shuttle from an off-site location) with special entrance and patron bar;                   
  • Family photo taken at the event.

$1,650 Order of the Tartan benefits:   PURCHASE NOW

  • All of the above plus;
  • Order of the Tartan listing in the Bagpipes & Bonfire invitation;
  • Two additional tickets to the event for a total of 6 tickets;
  • Special Order of the Tartan Hospitality Tent, (relocated closer to parade ground) including special Tartan buffet and full bar.

$7,500 Grand Tartan:

§        Email for waitlist or sponsorship opportunities.

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    NEW DATE!
    Swinging Bridge 8K Trail Run
    Derwen Mawr and Skokie River Nature Preserve
    Starting line behind Deerpath Middle School
    Sunday, October 4, 2015
    8:00 a.m. - noon
    REGISTER NOW

    Enjoy a scenic run sponsored by the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Running Club in partnership with Lake Forest Open Lands. This will be a green race managed to minimize its environmental impact. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome! Parking behind Deerpath Middle School, 95 West Deerpath, Lake Forest.

    A portion of all proceeds will benefit Lake Forest Open Lands’ Center for Conservation Leadership.
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    OAK-tober Family Hike
    Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve
    Saturday, October 17, 2015
    9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
    Join Elle Lucadamo, Environmental Education Fellow, to celebrate the magnificent Oak Tree this October (OAK-tober)! We will journey through Middlefork Savanna and explore the many ways in which plants and animals rely on this majestic tree. Meet at the entrance with the kiosk on Middlefork Drive across from McGlinnin Ct.
     
    Suggested for families. Parents free!
    Members: $10/child
    Non-members: $15/child  



    Native Tree Sale
    Mellody Farm Nature Preserve
    Saturday, October 17, 2015
    8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Lake Forest Open Lands Association and the City of Lake Forest are partnering to offer a Native Tree Sale. 10-12 native tree varieties will be offered. All trees will be sold at discounted prices and a portion of the proceeds will go to plant trees and re-green our community’s open spaces.  

    Wright Landscaping will provide delivery and/or installation according to the provided links. For questions, please contact them by email or by calling 847.980.3250. 
    Click here to view the full shopping cart. There are 3 pages of items, 25 items in total. 

    LARGE TREES AND SHRUBS: Large, balled-and-burlapped trees from $150 to $300 per tree. Limited availability day of sale. Delivery and planting highly recommended.


    Hackberry
    Celtis occidentalis
    Size: 3” caliper
    Price: $300
    Click here to purchase
    Height x Spread: 40'-60' x 40'-60'
    Bloom Time: April to May
    Bloom Description: Green
    Sun: Full Sun to part shade


    Kentucky Coffee
    Gymnocladus dioica
    Size: 
    3” caliper
    Price: 
    $300
    Click here to purchase

    Height x Spread: 60'-80'' x 40'-55'
    Bloom Time: May to June
    Bloom Description: Greenish-white
    Sun: Full sun


    White Oak   
    Quercus alba
    Size: Hard to find, 11’-12’height
    Price: $150

    Height x Spread: 50'-80'' x 50'-80
    Bloom Time: May
    Bloom Description: Yellowish-green
    Sun: Full sun
    *Illinois state tree.


    Witch Hazel
    Hamamelis vernalis
    Size: 
    5’-6’ height
    Price: 
    $150
    Click here to purchase

    Height x Spread: 6'-10' x 8'-15'
    Bloom Time: January to April
    Bloom Description: Yellow with red inner calyx
    Sun: Full Sun to part shade
    *Good shade tolerant, native shrub


    TREES:
    10-15 Gallon trees at $75 per tree.


    American Linden
    Tilia American
    Size: 15 gallon
    Price: $75
    Click here to purchase 

    Height x Spread: 50'-80' x 30'-50' Bloom Time: June
    Bloom Description:
    Pale yellow
    Sun:
    Full sun to part shade


    Bald Cypress
    Taxodium distichum Size: 15 gallon
    Price: $75
    Click here to purchase 

    Height x Spread: 8'-20' x 5'-8'
    Bloom Time: Non-flowering
    Bloom Description: Non-flowering
    Sun: Full sun
    *Great for wet areas.


    Black Walnut 
    Juglans nigra
    Size: 15 gallon
    Price: $75
    Click here to purchase

    Height x Spread: 75'-100' x 75'-100' 
    Bloom Time: May to June 
    Bloom Description: Yellowish-green 
    Sun: Full sun


    Bur Oak
    Quercus macrocarpa
    Size: 10 gallon
    Price: $75
    Click here to purchase

    Height x Spread: 60'-80' x 60'-80'
    Bloom Time: April 
    Bloom Description: Yellow 
    Sun: Full sun


    Catalpa
    Catalpa speciosa
    Size: 15 gallon
    Price: $75
    Click here to purchase

    Height x Spread: 30'-60'' x 20'-40'
    Bloom Time: May to June
    Bloom Description: White with purple and yellow markings
    Sun: Full sun to part shade


    Chinquapin Oak
    Quercus muhlenbergii
    Size: 15 gallon
    Price: $75
    Click here to purchase

    Height x Spread: 50' x 50' 
    Bloom Time: April 
    Bloom Description: Yellow to Orange Brown 
    Sun: Full sun


    Kentucky Coffee
    Gymnocladus dioica
    Size: 
    15 gallon
    Price: 
    $75
    Click here to purchase

    Height x Spread: 60'-80'' x 40'-55'
    Bloom Time: May to June
    Bloom Description: Greenish-white
    Sun: Full sun


    Pin Oak
    Quercus palustris
    Size: 
    15 gallon
    Price: 
    $75
    Click here to purchase

    Height x Spread: 50'-70' x 40'-60'
    Bloom Time: April
    Bloom Description: Yellowish-green
    Sun: Full sun
    *Great for wet areas.


    Shingle Oak
    Quercus imbricaria
    Size: 
    15 gallon
    Price: 
    $75
    Click here to purchase

    Height x Spread: 40'-60' x 40'-60' 
    Bloom Time: 
    April 
    Bloom Description: 
    Yellowish-green 
    Sun: 
    Full sun


    Swamp White Oak Quercus bicolor
    Size: 
    15 gallon
    Price: 
    $75
    Click here to purchase

    Height x Spread: 50'-60' x 50'-60' 
    Bloom Time: 
    April 
    Bloom Description: 
    Yellowish-green 
    Sun: 
    Full sun


    Sycamore
    Platanus occidentalis
    Size: 
    10 gallon
    Price: 
    $75
    Click here to purchase

    Height x Spread: 40'-60' x 40'-60' 
    Bloom Time: 
    May 
    Bloom Description: 
    Green 
    Sun: Fu
    ll sun to part shade


    SMALLER TREES:
    5 Gallon trees at $25 per tree.


    Eastern White Pine
    Pinus strobus
    Size: 5 gallon
    Price: $25
    Click here to purchase

    Height x Spread: 50'-80' x 20'-40' 
    Bloom Time: Non-Flowering
    Bloom Description: Non-Flowering 
    Sun: Full sun to part shade


    Paper Birch
    Betula papyrifera
    Size: 5 gallon
    Price: $25
    Click here to purchase

    Height x Spread: 50'-70' x 25'-50'
    Bloom Time: March to April
    Bloom Description: Yellowish brown (male) and green (female)
    Sun: Part shade


    Quaking Aspen
    Populus tremuloides
    Size: 5 gallon
    Price: $25
    Click here to purchase

    Height x Spread: 20'-50' x 10'-30' 
    Bloom Time: April 
    Sun: Full sun
    *Great white bark and leaves that tremble in the wind.


    LARGE SHRUB:
    5’-6’ height at $150 per shrub


    Blackhaw Viburnum
    Viburnum prunifolium
    Size: 5’-6’ height
    Price: $150
    Click here to purchase

    Height x Spread: 12'-15' x 6'-12'
    Bloom Time: May to June
    Bloom Description: White
    Sun: Full sun to part shade


    SMALL  SHRUBS AND VINES:
    5 gallon shrubs at $25 per shrub


    American Bittersweet
    (vine)
    Celastrus scandens
    Size: 5 gallon
    Price: $25
    Click here to purchase

    Height: 15'-20'
    Bloom Time: May to June
    Bloom Description: Greenish-white to yellow
    Sun: Full Sun


    Black Chokeberry
    Aronia melanocarpa
    Size: 5 gallon
    Price: $25
    Click here to purchase

    Height x Spread: 3'-6' x 3'-6'
    Bloom Time: May
    Bloom Description: White
    Sun: Full sun to part shade


    Carolina Rose      
    Rosa caroliniana
    Size: 5 gallon
    Price: $25
    Click here to purchase

    Height: 1'-3'
    Bloom Time: Summer flowers and fruit in fall
    Bloom Description: Pink flowers and hip turns from dark green to bright red
    Sun: Full Sun to part shade


    Bush Honeysuckle  
    Diervilla lonicera
    Size: 5 gallon
    Price: $25
    Click here to purchase

    Height: 2'-3'
    Bloom Time: June to July
    Bloom Description: yellow
    Sun: Full Sun to part shade
    *Local seed source from Fort Sheridan. Used at Forest Park;


    Juniper
    Juniperis communis
    Size: 5 gallon
    Price: $25
    Click here to purchase

    Height x Spread: 8'-10' x 8'-10'
    Bloom Time: Non-flowering
    Bloom Description: non-flowering, needled evergreen
    Sun: Full Sun
    *Good for privacy.


    Staghorn Sumac          
    Rhus typhina
    Size: 5 gallon
    Price: $25
    Click here to purchase

    Height x Spread: 15'-25' x 20'-30'
    Bloom Time: June to July
    Bloom Description: Greenish-yellow
    Sun: Full Sun to part shade

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    Story Time With Santa
    Mellody Farm Nature Preserve
    Sunday, December 6, 2015
    noon - 2:00 p.m.

    Enjoy an afternoon of holiday cheer at this family fun event! Ride a horse-drawn wagon through the preserve with jolly old St. Nick, listen to a seasonal story and craft a winter wildlife ornament. indulge in delicious treats and join us for this wonderful winter tradition!  
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