August 10th – Wild Flower Walk and Talk

Wild Flower Walk and Talk

Wild Flower Walk and Talk

Walk and Talk with “The Illinois Botanist” was presented on Saturday, August 10 with a wildflower walk and lecture with prominent naturalist, Chris Brenda.

1:00 PM, Wildflower Walk:
Chris Benda led a walk among the wildflowers on the Des Plaines River and Riverside‘s Arboretum. Chris pointed out native plants in Riverside which can be grown in your own garden. A great event for kids and other wildflower enthusiasts!

3:00 PM, Presentation:
Chris gave a colorful presentation in the Great Room of the Riverside Public Library.

The link to view the lecture on YouTube is available here:


The link to view the walk on YouTube is available here:


Chris Benda is a botanist and past president of the Illinois Native Plant Society (2015-2016). He was a regional ecologist for the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory Update in southern Illinois from 2008-2012. Chris teaches the Flora of Southern Illinois at Southern Illinois University in the summer and a variety of classes at The Morton Arboretum. He is an accomplished photographer and author of several publications about natural areas in Illinois. Read more about Chris Benda and his travels across Illinois at