Today, corn and soybean crops cover huge swaths of central Illinois. But it was not always that way. The next stop in our occasional series, "Unknown Illinois" is a tiny corner of Ford County, where special correspondent Judy Valente explores one man's effort to return a patch of land into a sea of wild flowers, native plants and tall grasses, like those that once flourished on the central Illinois prairie.
Don Gardner frequently leads tours of his prairie restoration.
See photos from Don Gardner's restored prairie
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