Announcing our 2017 monthly gathering schedule

woman standing next to projection screen

2016’s fascinating presentation by Chris Kirmaier, Ph.D. on Earth’s Solar Energy Engine

Hello native plant enthusiasts. We are excited to announce this year’s calendar, which lists our monthly gatherings and other related events for 2017. For your convenience, the gathering schedule is listed below. However, please refer to the calendar before attending an event as it may be updated or changed.

Date: Wednesday, February 1
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Richmond Heights Community Center, 8001 Dale Ave.
Topic: Native Landscaping: Front yard Formal by Scott Woodbury, Curator of the Whitmire Wildflower Garden, Shaw Native Reserve (and founder of our Chapter)

Date: Wednesday, March 1
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Richmond Heights Community Center, 8001 Dale Ave.
Topic: Landscaping with Native Trees & Shrubs by our own resident expert and member Betty Struckhoff

Date and Time: Wednesday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m. or Saturday, April 8 at 9:30 a.m.
Yard Tour: At the home of avid gardeners Susan & Fred Burk. Members have benefited from all of the vegetable and wild flower seedlings Susan has brought to our meetings.

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Bellefontaine Cemetery’s native plant projects

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

storm water capture with large treeWith a mostly clear, sunny sky and an unusually warm 72 degree day on Saturday, January 21, about 32 attendees stood near a persimmon tree (Diospyros virginiana) listening to Kyle Cheesborough, ISA certified arborist and the horticulture supervisor for the Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum. Marsha Gebhardt, James Faupel, and Dawn Weber of the Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter’s board and members April Anderson and I carpooled to the various sites. Other Wild Ones members attended as well.

During this native plant tour, Cheesborough was explaining how the brown, leaf-strewn ground around us had been seeded and is being transformed into a meadow. They contracted with DJM Ecological Services for multiple services, which includes seeding and weed management for the first two seasons.

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From our president: 2016 year in review

By Marsha Gebhardt
President, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

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From left to right: Marsha Gebhardt, President of Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter with Penny Holtzmann, Treasurer, removing invasive bush honeysuckle

From an editorial review of The Little Hummingbird by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas on Amazon from School Library Journal:
Based on a South American indigenous story, The Little Hummingbird tells of a forest fire that causes the animals to flee for their lives. All except Little Hummingbird, that is, who begins ferrying single drops of water from a nearby stream to the forest. As she works steadfastly to douse the flames, one by one the animals cry out their reasons for running away. Finally Big Bear asks, ‘Little Hummingbird, what are you doing?’ and she replies, ‘I am doing everything I can.'”

Many St. Louis Wild Ones members and followers operate like the hummingbird – doing what we can to preserve and increase biodiversity, for the sake of the well-being of our communities, country, and planet. We provide and improve habitat in our own yards. We inform and inspire others by talking with neighbors, advocating with local community leaders, and volunteering for tabling events and other projects.

Over the years, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter has proudly developed, maintained, and increased collaborative relationships with community organizations that have compatible goals. All of these efforts are having an effect.

Listed below are reminders of the many projects we’re involved with and the organizations we collaborate with. In addition, this list serves as a reminder of participation and volunteer opportunities for 2017.

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In memoriam: Sharon Pedersen – service on Saturday Jan. 28

Woman in garden

Sharon Pedersen

After a long illness, Sharon Pedersen died peacefully on January 15, according to her daughter Liz Kampschroeder. From CaringBridge, Sharon was first diagnosed with leukemia in May of 2014. After reviewing the side effects of the treatment options, she decided not to seek treatment and wasn’t expected to live more than a year.  Despite ever-declining energy, she continued to be as active as possible in the things she loved, and stayed connected to family and friends.

Liz wrote, “…I know she wanted everyone that took the time to read her entries (CaringBridge) to know how much she cherished the friendships and support she received. She was loved by so many and so many of us loved her. And will be greatly missed.”

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Sharon’s name to:

Missouri Botanical Garden
Institutional Advancement
PO Box 299
St. Louis, MO  63166
Please be sure to note:  In memory of Sharon Pedersen, Litzsinger Road Ecology Center

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Spring 2017 native plant classes at St. Louis Community College – Meramec

View of yard with prairie and woodlands

Using native plants, Dave Tylka creates multiple beds and other distinct areas in his yard, such as the prairie on the left.

This spring, five local, native plant experts and enthusiasts will teach nine continuing-education classes at the St. Louis Community College – Meramec

March 28, 2017
Tu 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
NATR 720 | 650 | $25.00 ($12.50 for people 60+)
Monarchs and Milkweed
Dave Tylka, Biologist, photographer, native landscape and wildlife author of Native Landscaping for Wildlife and People
Note: This class is listed under the Master Naturalist series.

April 5, 2017
W 9:00 a.m.- noon
HORT: 713 | 600 | $25.00 ($12.50 for people 60+)
Go Native! An Introduction to Native Landscaping
Mitch Leachman, Executive Director of the St.Louis Audubon Society

April 7, 2017
F 9:00 a.m. – noon
HORT: 713 | 601 | $25.00 ($12.50 for people 60+)
Go Native! Identification and Ecology of Common Missouri Wildflowers
Dave Tylka, Biologist, photographer, native landscape and wildlife author of Native Landscaping for Wildlife and People

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SOLD OUT January 21 tour opportunity at Bellefontaine Cemetery

Pagoda Dogwood with heavy snow

Pagoda Dogwood in snow

Event of interest: “Bellefontaine Cemetery and the Missouri Prairie Foundation are offering a free touropen to the public, of the native plant projects underway at the beautiful, history Bellefontaine Cemetery. Bellefontaine Cemetery Horticulture Supervisor Kyle Cheesborough will be our guide for this driving and walking tour of several exciting projects at Bellefontaine, which is a Level II Accredited Arboretum. Bellefontaine is a Grow Native! Professional Member and Sponsor of Grow Native!, the native plant education and marketing program of the Missouri Prairie Foundation.”

Note: as of 7:30 PM on Thursday 12th, this event is SOLD OUT.  

Cost and times:

FREE but you must register, limited tickets available
Sat, January 21, 2017
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2017 Partners for Native Landscaping gala & workshop registration open (and required)

Mark your calendar for this year’s Partners for Native Landscaping gala reception on Friday, March 3 and workshop on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Keynote speakers Heather Holm, author of Pollinators of Native Plants and Neil Diboll, President of Prairie Nursery will give talks on Friday.

Saturday’s workshop provides opportunities to learn about gardening for wildlife, designing native gardens, and developing rainscaping features. Native plants will be available to purchase. See the flier for more information.

Advance registration and payment are required for both events. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Early registration is encouraged.

St. Louis Community College-Meramec
11333 Big Bend Blvd
Kirkwood, MO 63122

Cost and times:
Friday, March 3, 2017
5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
$20 with appetizer buffet

Saturday, March 4, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$15.00 with lunch

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