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Stanley Smith

Oak Street Design
40 E. Oak Street
Chicago
oakstreetdesign.net

Event:
Arbor Day Pop-Up
Friday, April 24
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wrigley Square
Millennium Park
Chicago

Sponsored by:
The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle
(630) 968-0074
mortonarb.org

Stanley's Tips:

Picnics
City Dwellers might consider a picnic as a way to celebrate Earth Day this year. Paper or plastic -- the rule of thumb is to consider usage. If you are going to use dinnerware items more than 4 .5 times , consider plastic as a way to save paper, in this case plastic could be seen as more green.    However if the plastic dinner set is not going to see that much use paper would be better option. Most important, do not leave your caps or any plastic tabs out in the environment. Many plastic dinnerware sets are made from recycled plastics.

Garden
Consider plants that are more resilient to weather and do not require as much water as other types, i.e. corn and sunflowers, as compared to the yield they produce

Trees
The Ash Borer Disease has taught us that we need to plant a variety of trees in a region. Morton Arboretum is an excellent local resource, they have identified 150 varieties that do well in this area.  Selections should be made based on the location and environment the tree will be growing in. Some trees actually tolerate salt from roads and low light levels
Choosing the right tree can actually effect your area property value, crime level and economic prosperity. Call the Morton Arboretum Help line at (630) 719 2424 or plantclinic@mortonarb.org.

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