2017 November monthly gathering highlights

Wednesday, November 2, 2017
Our annual potluck dinner and seed exchange attracted 40 members and five guests at The Heights community center of Richmond Heights.

A fun 10-question game of native plant trivia was enjoyed by all.

Election of Chapter Officers, Board of Directors
The current members of the chapter Board of Directors are willing to each serve another two-year term. Nominating committee members Kathy Bildner, Marcia Myers, and Ed Schmidt agreed this slate be presented to the membership for approval.

  • President – Marsha Gebhardt
  • Vice-President – James Faupel, also Landscape Challenge chairperson, also Outreach and Speakers’ Bureau chairperson
  • Secretary – Fran Glass, also Membership chairperson
  • Treasurer – Penny Holtzmann

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2017 October monthly gathering highlights

People gathered around

October gathering at the National Museum of Transportation

Saturday, October 7, 2017
Mary Ann Fink, LIFE Exhibit Curator of Pollinator Junction, was our guide at the The National Museum of Transportation  pollinator garden. Horticulturalist Rena Schmidt helped with plant identification and provided copies of the 2017 Easy Pollinator Pantry Garden Guide. Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter president Marsha Gebhardt welcomed 29 members and five guests.

Pollinator Junction’s mission is to demonstrate “Gardening for LIFE”: living creatures, interactive opportunities, food chain support, and an eco-balance for us all. The Transportation Museum Association and St. Louis County Parks coordinated on this pollinator garden which was installed in September 2016 and includes nearly 7,000 square feet. Every plant in the garden is a food source for pollinators.

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2017 September monthly gathering highlights

People standing looking at plants and checking in for meeting

September 2017 gathering at the Overland Historical Society

September 6, 2017
A tour of the Overland Historical Society (OHS) property was enjoyed by 43 Wild Ones members and six guests. We were welcomed by Eedie Cuminale and numerous volunteers who offered tours of the site’s log house, log barn, and museum.  The society was founded in 1976.

The OHS is a past recipient of a $400 grant from our chapter for a public Missouri native plant community garden. In 2007 Eedie Cuminale applied for the grant and coordinated the volunteers who prepped the site and planted the garden.

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2017 August monthly gathering highlights

Red brick building with open white door

Welcome to our August Gathering – Kevin King’s secret garden
Photo by Dawn Weber

August 2 and 5, 2017
Kevin King hosted two July yard tour gatherings. Thirty members and seven guests attended Wednesday evening August 2, and 16 members and two guests attended Saturday August 5. James Faupel made announcements on Wednesday, as did Marsha Gebhardt on Saturday.

Kevin built three town homes on Ann Avenue in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis. They are bookended by two flounder houses, which are rare mid-19th century, triangular type houses with windows on one side of the house.

Kevin is a strong supporter of urban renewal and of repurposing materials. The foundation and all the stone work from a pre-Civil War building were used on-site to build his homes’ stone columns, garage, and iron gate posts. He reused bricks from another project for his patio.

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2017 July monthly gathering highlights

People sitting in backyard

July’s Saturday Gathering at the home of Sherri DeRousse and Andy Guti
Photo by Andy Guti

July 5 and 8, 2017
Sherri DeRousse and Andy Guti hosted two July yard tour gatherings. Attendance was 22 members and five guests on Wednesday evening July 5, and 17 members and five guests on Saturday July 8. As a discussion format, Marsha Gebhardt interviewed Sherri.

Sherri and Andy became interested in native plant landscaping in 2003 while Sherri was working on a land development project within the city limits of Columbia, MO. She consulted with Steven Apfelbaum of Applied Ecological Services in Wisconsin who identified a portion of the property as being remnant prairie. A natural resource inventory of 100 native species was taken by Nels Holmberg. Additional prairie plants were added. Sherri and Andy joined Wild Ones as members of the Mid-Missouri Chapter. Years later they moved to St. Louis.

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