Ridge Rd, North of Lake Cook Rd & south of Oak Knoll Rd, Barrington
Scot and Tiffany Thomas donated 6.7 acres of the sprawling property to BACT in honor of Scot’s daughter, Katie. Katie’s Marsh is primarily a wetlands with Flint Creek running through the property. It serves an important function for the area as stormwater storage as well as filtering water through the area. As part of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative buckthorn eradication and native screening plant program, BACT removed buckthorn along Ridge Road and planted a variety of native plants.
The estate was formerly owned by Jules Montenier, who was an inventor and cosmetic chemist. Montenier received a patent on modern-day anti-perspirant and created the product Stopette, whose slogan “Poof, there goes perspiration” was featured on What’s My Line in the 1950s. His wife a botanical enthusiast who created a beautiful botanic garden on the property in the early 1960s, remnants of which can still be seen today. She also raised a herd of deer in the meadow and rare black swans on the pond.
“I really love the story of this land and how the previous owner created an oasis on it,” says Scot. “When we moved here we really appreciated the open spaces and the vista, and we thought that donating this land would be a wonderful way to honor Katie and to give back to the community.”