Forest ReLeaf offering trees for a reasonable donation and a tour on Sat. Oct. 14

Blog post and photos by Tessa Wasserman
Member, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

Plant nursery with trees and shrubs

Forest ReLeaf expanding offerings of trees and shrubs

If you haven’t been out to Forest ReLeaf of Missouri’s CommuniTree Gardens Nursery in Maryland Heights for volunteering, a tour, or to pick up free trees for a non-profit planting project then I highly recommend visiting this hidden gem.

You will have a chance to visit Forest ReLeaf this Saturday, October 14, from 9:00 a.m. to noon with the tour beginning at 10:00 a.m.. There will be a free tour and a chance to purchase native trees and shrubs for a very reasonable donation. List of Forest ReLeaf trees and shrubs still available

Directions to Forest ReLeaf

Forest ReLeaf was established as a charitable non-profit nursery in 1993. Since its incorporation, close to 200,000 trees have been given away to communities in need of more canopy or beautification. 

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How to receive grant money for your community or school native plant garden project

By Kathy Bildner
Member, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

Garden plan

Ethical Society garden plan

Wild Ones 2017 Grants
No matter what size or shape the garden project, Wild Ones of St. Louis is there to help with grant money.  We help pay for the native plants or seeds that will make the garden a wildlife haven for birds and insects. We help one garden at a time. We have been doing this since 2007. One of our recent meetings was at the Overland Historical Society grounds.  They were a grant recipient in 2007, one of our first. We have helped plant 36 gardens.

This year we have helped to fund six gardens: five schools and one community garden. We work with the students, teachers, principals, parents, and community gardeners. So far this year we have spent $1580. The fall season has just begun and we are waiting on more requests.

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Registration open for 2017 St. Louis Native Plant Garden Tour on September 16

St. Louis Native Plant Garden Tour sign and plants

Mark O’Bryan’s yard from the 2016 Tour

Once again, we are partnering with the St. Louis Audubon Society to present the third annual St. Louis Native Plant Garden Tour on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

This self-guided tour of residential gardens in St. Louis focuses on West county locations this year, highlighting fall blooming plants.
See examples of:
— Sun and shade gardening
— Wet sites and dry sites
— Bird and butterfly friendly gardens

We hope the Tour will inspire you with landscaping ideas on how to use native plants for improving your outdoor environment for the benefit of yourself, others, and the bees, birds, butterflies, and other wildlife that will be attracted to your yard.

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What’s blooming in Penny’s yard? Canada anemone

Blog and Photos By Penny Holtzmann
Board Member and Treasurer, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

White flower

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis) up close

Plant name:
Canada anemone (Anemone Canadensis)

This plant provides a nice ground cover up to 12-inches tall with interesting leaf shape and sweet little white flowers in May and June. Flowers are one to one-and-a-half inches across, with five white petal-like sepals and numerous yellow-tipped stamens. 

Why I chose this plant:
About 15 years ago my sister shared some of these plants with me and I have enjoyed them very much. It is related to Thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana), a taller plant with smaller off-white flowers which give way to a thimble-shaped seed head.

From an article on titled, Great Design Plant: Anemone Canadensis Adds Pizzazz to Water’s Edges by Heather Holm:

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See Wild Ones in action on the June 11 Sustainable Backyard Tour

By Dawn Weber
Member-at-Large, Plant Sale Chairperson, and
Chairperson, Technology Committee, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

The 7th Annual Sustainable Backyard Tour is a grassroots, all-volunteer event showcasing yards and gardens throughout St. Louis that demonstrate features of sustainability and organic gardening. The tour will take place on June 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, rain or shine. 

More than 40 hosts will welcome tour-goers this year to see the many ways to live more sustainably in our own backyards.  

Included in those hosts are five Wild Ones members:

  • Scott George
  • Chandan Mahanta 
  • Kevin King 
  • Dawn Weber 
  • Besa Schweitzer 
  • Sue Leahy 

Note: If you are hosting and we’ve missed you on the list, please let us know, and we’ll add your name and location number. 

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What’s happening in Betty’s yard?

Blog and photos by Betty Struckhoff (May 24)
Member and former Board member, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter
Master Gardener

green leaves on ground

Blood root (Sanguinaria canadensis)

Native gardens are not zero maintenance. But the time spent tending them really doesn’t count as work. There is so much to discover.

There are a few blemishes on my shady, moist, mostly-native backyard – three stands of non-native Pachysandra terminalis. Though not considered invasive, it forms a very thick carpet, with fibrous roots tangled in the top three or four inches of soil. It doesn’t spread by seed but still takes up space that can be put to better use.

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What’s blooming in Fran’s yard? Ninebark

Blog and photos by Fran Glass,
Secretary and Membership Chair, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

White flower clusters

Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) in bloom

Plant name:
(Physocarpus opulifolius)

This plant has showy clusters of white flowers in May and June.

Height is 6-9 feet.

Ninebark is a deciduous, Missouri-native shrub with arching canes and exfoliating bark which reveals layers of reddish to light-brown inner bark on mature stems. The bark provides winter interest as it peels away.

Why I chose this plant:
I chose ninebark because it can tolerate such a wide variety of conditions. It serves the purpose of a beautiful screen between my yard and that of the neighbors. Ninebark is a Missouri Botanical Garden (MOBOT) Plant of Merit.

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What’s blooming in Kathy’s yard? Wild geranium

Blog and photos by Kathy Bildner
Member, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

Light purple pink flower

Wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

Plant name: Wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

Description: This plant is a perennial spring woodland flower.

Wild geranium blooms mid-April to mid-May. It’s flowers have five pink petals rounded or slightly notched on the top. The fine veins in the flower point to where the pollinators need to go. There can be two to nine flowers in loose clusters.

The green leaves are wider than long, deeply lobed five to seven times with hairy stems one-foot tall. The flower stems stick up above the leaves. 

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LIST of PLANTS for sale at our Wild Ones booth May 12 and 13, 2017

Monarch female laying eggs on swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

Monarch female laying eggs on swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

You have your flats and possibly a small cart for transporting your native plant purchases, your cash and/or checks, and your excitement for the Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter’s booth during the Spring Wildflower Market at Shaw Nature Reserve (SNR) on both Friday, May 12 (pre-sale for Garden members) and Saturday, May 13. But which native plants will you be able to purchase at our booth?

Please keep in mind no guarantee is made regarding availability for various reasons like sold out or not available and not delivered as anticipated. Also, quantities may be limited. We accept cash or checks only like most other vendors.

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What’s blooming in Prem’s yard? Nannyberry

By Premsri Barton
Member and Program Committee Volunteer, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

Large cluster flower

Nannyberry’s (Viburnum lentago) showy flower clusters

Plant name: Nannyberry, sheepberry, sweet viburnum (Viburnum lentago)

Description: This plant is a native large shrub or small tree in Northeastern and Midwestern states. It’s also found from southern Canada to Kentucky and Virginia. It has large clusters of small flowers, which are very showy.

Why I choose this plant: It’s a very tough small tree! It grows back after I cut the whole thing down to the ground and has very profuse blooms. The beautiful shining green leaves turn copper-orange color in the fall. It will bear fruit that many birds like. It’s edible too! This is the first year it bloomed for me, and I can’t wait to try the berries.

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