Arcadia native plant workshop Sat. Sept. 30

Blog by Linda Bennett
[In the Arcadia Valley, Linda and Bill Bennett have become local leaders in native landscape education and advocacy.]

Wild Ones members will be featured speakers in Arcadia’s second native plant workshop entitled, Native Plants & Pollinatorson Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Dave Tylka will begin the day with Native Landscaping for Songbirds and Hummingbirds.
  • Ann Earley and Bob Siemer will follow with Wild for Monarchs.
  • Betty Struckhoff will speak on Designing with Nature in Mind.
  • We will end the day with a Q&A and panel discussion with Dr. Chad Follis, horticulture professor from Mineral Area College and some speakers from the day.

As an added bonus, Missouri Wildflowers Nursery will be selling plants throughout the day. Also, there will be information available from various nature-related organizations for attendees to peruse during breaks.

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Earthworms Podcast – Talking Native Plants with Jean Ponzi

The Earthworms Podcast, hosted by Jean Ponzi, presents information, education and conversation with activists and experts on environmental issues and all things green.

This week’s topic is close to home, Native Plants: Growing a Joint Venture with Nature. Jean talks native plants with Neil Diboll, one of the keynote speakers at the upcoming Partners for Native Landscaping workshop, and the St. Louis Audubon Society’s Mitch Leachman.

Wildflowers are moving into the city – and plants with “weed” in their names are welcome even in the ‘burbs. Sure and steady as Oak trees, a Native Plant revolution is changing the ways we experience our yards, our parks, our school grounds and even our corporate campuses. 

The podcast is a great way to become acquainted with Neil and his history with native plants.

Get ready to “be a sponge” and soak up all of the native plant and wildlife habitat goodness that is about to come your way.   Get your tickets to the workshop soon, they’re going fast!

February and March 2017 local native plant events

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From left to right: Penny Holtzmann, Dawn Weber, Fran Glass, Marsha Gebhardt, and Kathy Bildner around our display board

The preseason and spring events have begun. April’s activities will be announced later, and you might have trouble choosing which programs to attend as there are so many!  For now, here’s what we are attending and/or are aware of for February and March. Grab your notepads and questions and prepare to Dig In!

When: Saturday, February 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
What: Preseason Gardening Expo
Where: Rolling Ridge Nursery, 60 N Gore Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119
About: This event will have local landscape designers, local growers, local green industry experts, a naturalist, plant societies, kids seed starting, refreshments, and prizes
Note: Our Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter will have a table at this event.

When: Saturday, February 11 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
What: The First GROW Seed Swap
Where: Outside Pavilion at the Saint Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
Cost: Free and open to the public
About: This event is NOT focused on native plants but may be a way to educate others about the benefits of landscaping with native plants and participate in the seed swap (at least giving away seeds) and other activities. “Share seeds with other gardeners or just come to learn about the age old tradition of saving and sharing seeds. The GROW seed library will be open and visitors can check out seeds. When you check out seeds, you then grow your own stock of seeds for future plantings, to return to the seed library and for sharing.”

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Announcing our 2017 monthly gathering schedule

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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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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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Event of Interest on Sept. 20: Greening Your Community

By Ed Schmidt

Event flier for Greening Your Community 20Sep2016Program title: Greening Your Community: Saving the Planet One Garden at a Time

Keynote speakers:

  • Mike Roberts, former meteorologist for KSDK News Channel 5, multiple Emmy Award winner, and adjunct instructor at Saint Louis University
  • Sylvester Brown, Jr., Executive Director of the Sweet Potato Project and former columnist for the St. Louis Post Dispatch

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What I’m Listening To: Native Plant Podcast

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

Admittedly I am not much of a podcast listener, which is surprising (even to me) given my love of the internet, but I’ve found one that may change all of that: the Native Plant Podcast.


Photos courtesy of Native Plant Podcast

Launched in January of 2016, the Native Plant Podcast is regularly hosted by (pictured left to right): Mike Berkley and John Magee, with Jesse Turner making some appearances and handling things behind the scenes.

From their webpage:

“Growing from a friendship forged at the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference many moons ago, this rock star trio has brought podcasting to a whole new level. I’m not saying that’s a high level, just a new level. :)”

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Upcoming Events – July, August, and September 2016

List compiled by Dawn Weber
Member-at-Large, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

Summer is here, and local native plant and pollinator events are in full swing! There are plenty of opportunities for learning something new, seeing something through fresh eyes, or supporting our mission within the community.

Here’s a rundown of activities that may be of interest. Be sure to see the sponsoring organizations’ links for more information including meeting location. Most of these programs are free and open to the public.

St. Louis Community College at Meramec stlcc
Watch for the fall continuing education schedule to be posted around July 25, 2016. The Nature and Gardening and Horticulture sections have classes of interest to our members.

Wildflower Walk: Hidden Creek Savanna
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Forest_Park_Forever_logoJoin Forest Park Forever staff for informal, fun, and educational plant walks that will explore the many native wildflowers found within Forest Park’s nature reserves. More than 500 native plant species occur within their nature reserves, and they are discovering more every year.

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Pollinating the World from Your Backyard – Register by Friday, July 22

Event: Pollinating the World from Your Backyard
When: Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Where: University of Missouri Extension, St. Louis County Office, 132 E. Monroe Ave. Kirkwood, MO 63122
Cost: $20.00
Registration: Please pre-register by noon on Friday, July 22, 2016 [Dawn’s note: Although the website says by Friday, they said they will continue to accept registrations until noon.]

Pollinators HeaderJoin horticulturist Lisa Williams of The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House (a butterfly zoo operated by the Missouri Botanical Garden) as she talks about the new Project Pollinator that was successfully launched at the Butterfly House in Faust Park on March 15, 2016.

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Upcoming summer 2016 Tupelo Chapter events

By Ruth Kelley
Acting President, Wild Ones – Tupelo Chapter

Map of 200 S Illinois Ave

Location of Carbondale Civic Center
Map data ©2016 Google

Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
Carbondale Civic Center
200 South Illinois Avenue
Carbondale, IL 62901

By the end of July, people should be sick of mowing their lawns and ready to explore Alternatives to Lawns: How to Get the Most from Your Yard. There will be presentations by area experts and informative displays, followed by tours of yards in the area that have been transformed to de-emphasize the lawn component. Registration is $10. Check the Keep Carbondale Beautiful website for more information or call (618) 525-5525. Map and directions

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