May 2016 events for Wild Ones – Tupelo Chapter

By Ruth Kelley
Acting President, Wild Ones – Tupelo Chapter

Carbondale, Illinois and surrounding area map

Carbondale, Illinois and map of surrounding area – Map Data ©2016 Google

Upcoming events for native plant enthusiasts:

Seventy species of native wildflowers featured on greenhouse tour
Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
Greenhouse Tour and Seedling ID
Southernwood Gardens (on Facebook)
4650 Rhine Road (map)
Alto Pass, IL 62905
(618) 833-2769

The Tupelo Chapter of Wild Ones Native Landscapers will sponsor a greenhouse and prairie tour on Sunday, May 1 at Southernwood Gardens near Alto Pass. Phone Ruth Kelley at (618) 684-2196 for more information.

Free program for gardeners and homeowners
Monday, May 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Native Landscaping for Pollinators
Presenter: Dave Tylka
Carbondale Civic Center
200 South Illinois Ave. (map)
Carbondale, Illinois 62901

Dave Tylka presenting

Dave Tylka presenting

Dave Tylka is a semi-retired Professor of Biology at St. Louis Community College, where he teaches native landscaping and Ozark ecology courses. Dave was the first St. Louis Urban Biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation. He is the author of Native Landscaping for Wildlife and People. As a widely recognized educator, biologist, nature author, and photographer, he brings together a wealth of information on native species and ideas that can inspire any gardener.

Healthy, diverse landscapes attract a wide diversity of pollinators. Dave will describe where native landscaping opportunities can be found around your home and will present practical advice on how to get started—locating areas for native plant beds, preparing the sites, selecting the right plant for the right place, and learning how to maintain your native plants.

This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Sponsored by the Sierra Club – Shawnee Group, Wild Ones – Tupelo Chapter, and Illinois Native Plant Society.

Sponsor: Sierra Club
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Human mediated plant movement: a global perspective
Presentor: Dr. Daniel Nickrent
Carbondale Township Hall
216 East Monroe Street (map)
Carbondale, IL 62901

Bush honeysuckle leaves and fruit

Bush honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)

Daniel Nickrent, professor emeritus in the Department of Plant Biology at Southern Illinois University (SIU), participated in a recently published study that includes a first-ever comprehensive analysis of global accumulation and exchange of alien-plant species between continents. The results of the study, published in the leading science journal Nature, relied upon a massive and unique global database containing information on naturalized alien-plant species in 481 mainland and 362 island regions.

To read this article in its entirety, please visit: Study’s findings important for planet’s biodiversity. “To me, controlling invasive species is the No. 1 problem worldwide in terms of natural ecosystems,” said Nickrent.

Third Annual Sierra Club Native Plant Sale!
Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Town Square Pavillion
100 North Illinois – near intersection of US 51 North and Hwy 13 West (map)
Carbondale, Illinois 62901

Large selection of plants native to southern Illinois – hardy, beautiful, pollinator friendly, and low maintenance. Plants are reasonably priced.

We will have more than 1000 plants of many species, including perennial wildflowers, grasses, trees, shrubs, and vines for shade and sun. There will also be plants for rain gardens (moist to wet soil).

Contact: Plant sale chair Ruth Kelley (618) 684-2196
Sponsored by the Sierra Club, Shawnee Group

Sponsored by Tupelo Chapter, Wild Ones Native Landscapers
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Ornamental native grasses for landscaping
Presenter: Ruth Kelley
Carbondale Township Hall
216 East Monroe Street (map)
Carbondale, IL 62901