Isle a la Cache is a 101-acre preserve and museum located at 501 E. Romeo Road and they have some big plans for 2019. Read on to learn about the additions in the works as well as some of the wildlife that is currently on site.
Seed Savers: The Isle is now an official retailer for Seed Savers Exchange heirloom garden seeds. This is an international initiative to preserve and distribute heirloom (pre-hybrid/GMO) seeds. Heirloom seeds are able to adapt to extreme weather conditions brought on by climate change, including cold, storms, droughts, and floods. There is a belief among many that food systems will have to go back to heirloom seeds. The program is using the past to protect the future.
Amphitheater Garden: One of the major initiatives in the Forest Preserve District this year is awareness of pollinators and Monarch butterflies. As such, the Isle will be converting their amphitheater to a large pollinator/butterfly garden this spring. It will be used as a teaching garden for topics like Monarch butterflies, native landscaping, pollinators (bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and bats), and conservation in general. They hope to have the garden done by June.