Our yard featured in Chicago Tribune article about monarch butterflies and Field Museum research

Our garden is featured in yesterday’s Chicago Tribune—both online and in print:

On a suburban street with smooth lawns and trimmed bushes, Martha Chiplis’ yard stands out. It’s not just the wildflowers: purple wild petunia, golden lanceleaf coreopsis, hot-pink Bush’s poppy mallow. It’s the lemon-yellow goldfinches that snack on the seeds, the fluffy bees that feed on the blooms.

Chiplis, a graphic designer, and her husband, John Dunlevy, have set up a cafe table and chairs in their small but scenic backyard — a symphony of native plants that includes ironweed, milkweed and gray-headed coneflower.

The story starts on the front page in print with a photo of a monarch in the Field Museum’s Rice Native Gardens, and was on the web homepage at least most of yesterday with the lead image of Martha in our parkway native plantings.

Back on Thursday, August 10, writer Nara Schoenberg got to see a monarch in our yard, as related in the story, but the butterfly made itself scarce before photographer Antonio Perez arrived. There were plenty of black and tiger swallowtails around, but the monarchs made themselves scarce for the rest of the time we had guests. Fun visit, we enjoy sharing, and it’s pretty cool to see our garden made Tribune-famous as a little picture detail example of trying to do our part to address some big picture habitat problems.

Updated August 27, 2023: Chicago Tribune n0n-subscribers unable to read the story on chicagotribune.com because of the paywall, can now read the story for free in syndication on Yahoo! News.