The Terpstra’s yard is highlighted in JOURNAL article

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Margy on her back porch, overlooking the trees full of birds

Margy and Dan Terpstra created and maintain one of the exceptional native-plant yards in the Saint Louis area. In the May/June/July 2016 edition of the Wild Ones JOURNAL, Barbara A. Schmitz, JOURNAL editor, wrote a two-page article on the Terpstra’s yard under the MEMBER YARDS column on page 14 of the electronic Flipbook version. The JOURNAL comes in two versions: Flipbook and PDF.

The article includes photographs and information on how they got started, water features, and wildlife. Also, the Terpstra’s have their own website where they document their experiences.

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May 2016 monthly gathering highlights

Marsha speaking to the attendees at the May Gathering in Dawn Weber's front yard

Marsha speaking to the attendees at the May gathering in Dawn Weber’s front yard

May 4 and 14, 2016
Dawn Weber hosted two yard-tour gatherings in May. Twenty-nine members and five guests enjoyed Dawn’s landscape on May 4. On May 14, attendance was 12.

In 2013 Dawn attended her first native-plant landscaping workshop, had a Bring Conservation Home yard assessment, and was chosen the winner of the Landscape Challenge. The Landscape Challenge designer Jeanne Cablish offered three design options. Dawn chose elements of each, and the results are exquisite for the full-sun front yard. Because the long yard is on a hill, a rain garden was planted as part of the Landscape Challenge planting. It drains within a day of a heavy rain.

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Inspiring Native Plant Yards: Dawn Weber Part I

By Marcia Myers
Blog Editor, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

Wild Ones - St. Louis Chapter's May Gathering

Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter’s May Gathering

“OMG, Why didn’t you tell us?” was the reaction by Marsha Gebhardt, President, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter and Fran Glass, Secretary who expressed their delight after seeing Dawn Weber’s meticulously-landscaped, native-plant-filled yard, which was showcased during our May 4 and May 14 gatherings.

Marsha and Fran were not the only ones who could be heard saying, “ooh” and “aah” as they sauntered around and among 300 species of native plants. Recently, Dawn purchased an additional 65 native plants at the Spring Shaw Wildflower Market to add to her 1/4 acre. Yes, she admits she is a collector.

Dawn’s plants follow the usual landscaping rules of variety, and she has plants for sun, for shade, that climb, and that grow in a rain garden. These plants have various sizes, colors, and blooming times. The beds are defined with space-creating leaf mulch. But Dawn’s garden is distinctive for other reasons.

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Where did you get that cool Wild Ones shirt?

monarch-tshirtHave you been at a Wild Ones event and wondered, “Where did everyone get those cool Wild Ones shirts?”

Wonder no more! T-shirts can be ordered from the National Wild Ones website.

Apparel includes:

  • Bucket hats
  • Eco-conscious caps
  • Denim shirts
  • Logo, ladies, and roots t-shirts
  • Sweatshirts
  • Yesterday’s Lawn Tomorrow’s Habitat clothing
  • Specialty apparel

In addition, you can purchase books, notecards, a yard sign, and other miscellaneous items.

The apparel prices include shipping and handling, Other items may have a shipping charge.

EcoHatsYou may wonder why our local chapter does not do a bulk order of items or have items on hand to sell at meetings.  The reason is a matter of inventory; there are so many great items, not to mention many colors and sizes available, that it is not feasible for us to have the specific item that a person would want to purchase.

Ordering directly from National means that you will receive exactly what you want.

So what are you waiting for? Order some Wild Ones gear here!

*Important Update* on SWIL Chapter monthly meeting at Tylka’s May 21

Exclamation-PointThis is an essential update for anyone planning to attend the yard tour at Dave Tylka’s this Saturday (May 21): Hosted by the SW Illinois Chapter of Wild Ones.

Parking at the Tylka’s is exceptionally limited, due to the recent rainfall.  A maximum of 8 vehicles can be accommodated at the home.  Therefore, the only way to attend the tour is to meet at the carpool location by 9:15 Saturday morning.

Carpool location: Seckman Middle School, 2840 Seckman Rd, Imperial, MO 63052

The News from Native Plant School newsletter – May 2016

Native Plant School logoThe May edition of The News from Native Plant School contains topics on:

    • St. Louis Native Plant Garden Tour by Marsha Gebhardt
    • Native Plant Focus on Purple Coneflower by Scott Woodbury
    • Garden Tours
    • We are Looking for a few Great Volunteers
    • Native Bees
    • Gardening Tips
    • Eco-regional Planting Guides
    • Native Landscaping for Pollinators
    • Before and after photo request – especially after bush honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera) removal
    • Blister Beetles and Native Bees
    • Upcoming Class:
      • Flower Arranging with Native Plants, June 9
    • Garden Tours:
      • The Sustainable Backyard Garden Tour, Sunday, June 12
      • The St. Louis Native Plant Garden Tour, Saturday, June 18

Download the PDF.

To sign up for the newsletter, e-mail Besa Schweitzer (

Upcoming 2016 May and June events

Many opportunities exist for you to attend upcoming May and June events in the native plant, pollinator, and habitat building community.  If you’re looking for information, want to see our mission in action, or would like to connect with other like-minded folks, this list is for you!

See the sponsoring organizations’ links for more information.

May 20, 2016
9:00 a.m. to noon
If you haven’t gotten your fill from an abundance of sales, The Nature Institute in Godfrey, IL is hosting a native-plant sale (plant list available on the site after clicking the link). All proceeds go toward the The Nature Institute’s mission of preservation, restoration, and education.

May 21, 2016
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Join the members of local-plant societies and garden clubs at the Sugar Creek Gardens Cross Pollinator Party (listed near the bottom after clicking on the link). Take advantage of the opportunity to learn about and join these organizations while enjoying free wine, punch, and snacks. You will receive 10% off total purchase during the party.  Our Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter will have a table there so be sure to stop by and say hello.

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Photography tip #4 – Blowin’ in the Wind & photo contest deadline June 20

By Dawn Weber
Board Member-at-Large
Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter


Cardboard used as a wind break

The most recent photography tip was about keeping the photographer and camera still while shooting, which is very important, but what if it’s the subject that is moving?

Mother Nature blesses me with lots of good things in the garden, but sometimes the weather, particularly wind, is not my friend.  A moving subject at the time of the snap, unless intentionally planned, does not usually make for a good photo.

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2016 Spring Wildflower Market update

By Marilyn Chryst
Board Member-at-Large
Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

Thirty-two fantastic Wild Ones volunteers helped in our booth at this year’s Shaw Nature Reserve Spring Wildflower Market.  From May 4 through May 7, they gave their time, energy, and knowledge to make it another successful year.

The volunteer efforts included:

  • Setting up sawhorses
  • Unloading plants
  • Helping customers locate and select plants
  • Manning cash boxes
  • Managing entry and exit traffic
  • Breaking down sawhorses
  • Loading up the remaining plants at the end of the sale

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Volunteers needed to install native plants in Forest Park May 13, 17, 20

Forest_Park_Forever_logoBy Anne Grossmann

Volunteer, Visitor Services and Community Relations Manager
Forest Park Forever

With three major ongoing habitat restoration projects, the Nature Reserve Team will be busy planting 19,000 native plugs on May 13, 17, and 20.

Due to the sheer number of plants, these three extra days have been opened up to amazing people like Wild Ones to help with the planting.

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