July Garden Tour

Wild Ones Twin Cities Garden Tour

DATE: Sunday, July 31

TIME: 4-6 pm

Self-guided, in-person tour. Free and open to Wild Ones members and public.

WOTC Member Garden Tour: 


Master Gardener Robert Hatlevig’s garden story began when he and his wife, Helen, purchased a unique, Midcentury Modern home (originally a parsonage) atop a hill, overlooking a church, in South St. Paul.

For the past four years, Robert has enthusiastically embraced gardening with native plants on his 0.4-acre property, making great progress on the transition from “traditional” gardens to native gardens. While this landscape includes the remnants of traditional, inherited gardens (and a few invasive species to boot), Robert has an inspiring vision to guide the transition of this unique site into a rich, native landscape.

  • Tour large, sunny native plant gardens rich with pollinator favorites, including blazing stars, milkweeds, coneflowers, anise hyssops and more. 
  • Follow the story of each garden in signage around the yard, including Robert’s ideas for native plantings for the yard’s shady areas. 
  • Discover the creative, inexpensive ways Robert has supplied native plants for his gardens — including a Lawns to Legumes grant.
  • See how the gardens embrace the resident violets as a living mulch, as well as a visually beautiful “understory" companion to the inherited hostas. 
  • Find out how Robert has included his neighbor in his gardening endeavors.

Please note: This entire property and featured gardens are on a slope; only the driveway and upper yard area are fully accessible.

Map with directions will be posted on website one week prior to tour. Parking available on 3rd St N near Luther Memorial Church.

And BIG THANKS to everyone who supported Wild Ones Twin Cities by volunteering and making a purchase at our annual Native Plant Sale! 

Over 10,000 native plants were sold through both the pre-ordered and day-of sale, expanding habitat gardens throughout the Twin Cities Metro and beyond!

The event at Wood Lake Nature Center was a great success, and will help us provide free monthly programs, inspirational tours, and educational materials.


Sign up here to help Wild Ones Twin Cities at our summer tours, monthly programs, outreach events and many other chapter and committee functions. Our chapter is 100% volunteer run. Thank you!

The Nokomis Naturescape Gardeneers Summer Solstice Pizza Picnic

The Nokomis Naturescape Gardeneers Summer Solstice Pizza Picnic

Saturday, June 18th 

by Wild Ones Twin Cities

Location to meet: Nokomis Naturescape 

50th St. and Nokomis Parkway, Minneapolis MN 55417


Join us for the Nokomis Naturescape Gardeneers habitat gardening session, then enjoy gathering with fellow gardeners for a pizza picnic, conversation, activities, and a few surprises!

NOTE: we change locations for event from garden to picnic area.

Gardening Session: 10 am - 11 am at the Nokomis Naturescape. 

(Bring garden gloves and favorite gadening tool.)

Games and Social Hour: 11 am - 12 noon 

Regroup at the Lake Nokomis Park picnic area near Woodlawn Ave. and 49th St. Nokomis Park (near hilltop of Nokomis Naturescape Oak Savanna)

Pizza Picnic: 12 noon-1 pm

For more information email info@wildonestwincities.org

Photo taken around Summer Solstice time of the Nokomis Naturescape Boulevard Garden.

Plant Sale Pickup and Habitat Gardening Expo


Friday, June 3rd  | 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wood Lake Nature Center

6710 Lake Shore Dr S, Richfield, at the outdoor amphitheater

Pickup is for plants pre-ordered through our annual native plant sale.

Please observe social distancing protocol when picking up your order.  If you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive, please contact us and we'll make arrangements for delivery to your driveway.

Wild Ones Twin Cities volunteers will be present to fill orders and answer native plant gardening questions.


Click HERE to sign up. 

And be sure to pick up a few NATIVE PLANT SIGNS when you come for your plants! 

Click here for a list of signs available.  Feel free to print a copy, fill out your order and bring it with you. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.

You can also email us with any questions about our native plant signs.

Not picking up a native plant order? Come see us anyway if you're in the neighborhood!

There will be a limited number of ADDITIONAL PLANTS FOR SALE from 2-7 pm on Friday, June 3rd, including:

3 pack of XL plugs - $6 each
Agastache foeniculum - Fragrant Giant Hyssop
Aquilegia canadensis - Wild Columbine
Carex sprengelii - Long-beaked Sedge
Dalea candida - White Prairie Clover
Echinacea angustifolia - Narrow-leaved Coneflower
Eurybia macrophylla - Large-leaved Aster
Geum triflorum - Prairie Smoke
Liatris ligulistylis - Meadow Blazing Star
Liatris punctata - Dotted Blazing Star
Monarda punctata - Spotted Bee Balm
Penstemon gracilis - Slender Penstemon
Prunella vulgaris - Self-heal
Rudbeckia hirta - Black-eyed Susan
Solidago flexicaulis - Zigzag Goldenrod
Symphyotrichum laeve - Smooth Blue Aster
Symphyotrichum oolentangiense - Sky-blue Aster
Verbena stricta - Hoary Vervain

3.5” pots - $5 each
Adiantum pedatum - Maidenhair Fern
Athyrium Filix-femina - Lady Fern
Onoclea sensibilis - Sensitive Fern

3.5” pots - $4 each
Asclepias exaltata - Poke Milkweed
Asclepias speciosa - Showy Milkweed
Asclepias sullivantii - Sullivant's Milkweed
Asclepias syriaca - Common Milkweed
Asclepias tuberosa - Butterfly Weed
Asclepias verticillata - Whorled Milkweed
Geranium maculatum - Wild Geranium
Penstemon digitalis - Foxglove Beardtongue
Phlox divaricata - Wild Blue Phlox
Polemonium reptans - Jacob's Ladder
Ruellia humilis - Wild Petunia
Solidago speciosa - Showy Goldenrod
Symphyotrichum shortii - Short's Aster
Sporobolus heterolepis - Prairie Dropseed 
Carex pensylvanica - Pennsylvania Sedge
Ceanothus americanus - New Jersey Tea

4” pots - $3 each
Monarda fistulosa - Wild Bergamot

We'll also have Wild Ones Twin Cities Volunteers there with information on...

  • Gardening with NATIVE PLANTS in urban and suburban yards!
  • Creating HABITAT for Monarch and other Butterflies, Native Bees and Pollinators and more! 
  • Preventing the spread of Jumping Worms and other invasive species!
  • Becoming a MEMBER of Wild Ones and joining our community!

And to celebrate our return to live events at our Wild Ones home at Wood Lake Nature Center, we are offering 2 guided walks with a naturalist. 

Each 45 minute walk is limited to 15 attendees, and registration is required. Please sign up for only one tour so more people can attend. Thank you!

Click here to reserve your free ticket.

TOUR 1 • 3:00-3:45 pm - Forest Loop

Walk through the forest focusing on both the restored and unrestored portions of the forest.  The focus will be on woodland wildflowers, birds, and insects.  The wildflowers and shrubs of Wood Lake have for years been hit hard by white-tailed deer. This is the first winter in over 20 years that we have not observed deer so it will be interesting to see how the plants respond.

TOUR 2 • 5:00-5:45 pm - Boardwalk Loop

Walk through the east side forest looking the flowers planted and seeded in the recently restored portion of the forest by the nature play area.  We will continue onto the elevated trail that leads to the boardwalk.  This elevated section of the trail allows for nice views of water birds (herons, egrets, cormorants, several species of duck, and others) as well as painted and snapping turtles. The loop continues through forest again on the west side.


And we are proud to present a new set of informational resources developed by Wild Ones Twin Cities! Check them out, and look for even more new native plant and habitat gardening resources coming soon.

Favorite Native Plants for a Shady Boulevard Garden

Favorite Native Plants for a Sunny Boulevard Garden

Favorite Native Plants for Dry Shade

How to Create an Alternative Lawn

How to Create "Green Mulch" in Your Yard

Ideals for Edible Plants for Your Native Plant Garden

Keystone Species & Soft Landings

Native Plant Winter Seed Sowing

Native Shrubs to Plant after Buckthorn Removal

Native Trees for a Changing Climate (Twin Cities Urban & Suburban Areas)

A Selection of Regionally Native Vegetation for Birds

Raingarden 101

Miss our May Program on Living Mulch? 

Kaitlyn O'Connor - Living Mulch | Monthly Presentation May 2022

And you can see Kaitlyn's beautiful and informative slides here.