Summer Tours

Wild Ones Twin Cities has three upcoming tours of private member gardens, each one having a unique approach to native plant gardening. Here's a preview; more information will be posted soon!

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2024 *

Dave Crawford Gardens in St Paul

Limited Space | Registration Opens July 9

Do to the limited attendance on this popular event, we ask that register for only one tour. There is a waitlist in case of cancellations. Thank you.

1:00 to 2:00 pm | Guided tour for 10 people walking the Buffalo Grass pathways | REGISTER HERE

2:00 to 3:00 pm | Guided tour for 20 people along areas above and below the gardens | REGISTER HERE

Dave's LEED** home and surrounding gardens overlook Lake Como. The landscape consists of four rain gardens planted in 2020 and a large lawn-replacement garden planted in 2022. The plantings are 95% native, with a pollinator value preference, and are landscaped to retain or slow-flow precipitation run-off. Plants include a mix of dry prairie, shade-tolerant, and moisture-tolerant species. Pollinator species diversity is documented, and has shown an increase each year since installations.

Dave is a retired career Naturalist for the MN Department if Natural Resources (1975-2009). His long experience of teaching and a passion for the natural world, has made him a reservoir of native plant habitat knowledge, that he readily and skillfully shares. He currently volunteers as a Naturalist Mentor.

**Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is a green building certification program used worldwide.

SATURDAY, JULY 27, 2024 *

Cass Markovich Gardens in Northeast Minneapolis

1:00 to 3:00 pm | Open to Public | Registration Opens July 9

Cass Markovich and her husband, Chuck, moved into their corner lot home in Northeast Minneapolis in 2018. Having been a rental property for years, there were no gardens and a lot of Creeping Charlie. As a textile artist, Cass needed beauty but was not a gardener. Her first plants, mostly non-natives and cultivars, were gifts from neighbors; she also added clover to her lawn.

Shortly after she began gardening Cass learned of a native plant sale offered by Wild Ones Twin Cities, beginning the journey to learn about and create gardens for wildlife, climate resilience and beauty. Cass is a member of Elders Climate Action (ECA) and can readily relay the benefit native plants play in carbon sequestration.

The tour will encompass all of her gardens, a blend of the older gifts from neighbors and an abundance of established and newly added native plants. As a recent recipient of Lawns to Legumes grant, Cass has yet another native plant garden being added this summer.


Holley Wlodarczyk Gardens in East Bloomington

Noon to 3:00 pm | Wild Ones members only | Registration Opens July 9

Holley and her husband, Andrew, moved into their mid-century home in East Bloomington in 2002. In 2013 Holley discovered and joined Wild Ones, taking on various leadership roles, including organizing our Native Plant Sale for several years.

Her curiosity and intention to learn about native plants is evident in her gardens. While she says they are nothing special, simply a lot of gardens planted over times, they are a perfect example of the journey we each take as we learn about adding native plants to existing landscapes.

Holley's gardens include small rain gardens, shady and sunny plantings, bird baths and lots of pink flamingo whimsy. The meandering trails in the large yard, reveal surprising “plant rooms” around every turn. These are not formal gardens; most of them have been artful experiments to see what would grow and thrive, while providing habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.

*In the event of adverse weather conditions, tours will be rescheduled for the following day.

Native Plant Sales

Twin Cities Metro Native Plants Sales hosted or co-hosted by Wild Ones Chapters

Friday, May 31, 2024 | Edina

Wild Ones Prairie Edge Chapter’s annual plant sale has grown bigger this year:

Plants are coming from SIX growers. You’ll find annuals, perennials, shrubs.

Four of the nursery owners will be on hand to advise and answer your questions.

Available to purchase:  Our new metal lawn signs “It’s Easy Being Green" listing the benefits of native plants.

Pick up our FREE BOOKLETS:  Climate Resilient Landscapes; Attracting Birds and Butterflies to Your Garden with Native Plants


  • Blazing Star Gardens; meet owner Dustin Demmer
  • Glacial Ridge
  • Natrual Shore
  • Northern Holler Gardens; meet owner Preston Drum
  • Shelterwood Gardens; meet owner Frank Meuschke
  • Uffda Seeds; meet owner Eli Gindeles

Visit our website if you’d like more info on native plants and the Wild Ones organization:

The event is Friday, May 31, 3:00-7:00pm, in the parking lot of the Meetinghouse Church, 6200 Colonial Way, Edina 55436.

Saturday, June 1, 2024 | Lake Elmo

Wild Ones St Croix Oak Savanna is a co-host of 2024 Landscape Revival and Lake Elmo.

This event is organized by St Paul Audubon Society along with many partners and regional native plant growers. The farmer's market style native plant sale provides one stop shopping from several growers in a central location. It also includes education resources and experts to answer questions. For a complete list of vendors and partners visit their website.

Saturday-Sunday, June 8-9, 2024 | Arden Hills

Wild Ones Big River Big Woods annual plant sale is accepting orders through May 31. 

They will also have additional plants to select from on pick-up day. For more info visit their website.

Native Plant Resource Fair



We invite you to join us on Tuesday evening, May 21 at Wood Lake Nature Center as we welcome guest experts and partners to our 2024 Spring Resource Fair.  Our wide range of educational offerings cover everything from where to begin when designing your landscape, how to choose the right plants, what to do next with winter sown seedlings. You’ll also learn about how our native plant gardens can support wildlife, making our urban landscapes part of an oasis for wildlife.  

Event Schedule:
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | Open house resource fair, indoors and outdoors.
7:00 pm | Naturalist led walking tour of Wood Lake
All activities are free and open to public.

2024 Guests and Educational Programs


Dragons Wynd | Jessica Wyn Miller

Sharing the wonder and fascination that comes from the world of insects. If you have ever felt disgust or fear from seeing an insect? Then come to us. Using current research and interesting facts we hope to add curiosity to your reaction and an appreciation of the services these insects provide. 

Ironwood Foraging | Tim Clemens

Every time we walk in a city park, we are likely passing by something edible. Ironwood Foraging offers public and private education on a wide range of exciting topics including Wild Mushroom Identification, Edible and Medicinal Plants, Fruit, Nuts, and Berries.

Pasque Ecological Design & Consulting | Nathalie Shanstrom

In her work as a landscape architect, Nathalie draws out the beauty of regional landscapes to create functional spaces that foster healthy, invigorating and meaningful connections between people and their environment. Her landscape designs maximize sustainability and ecological function, bringing healing to scarred landscapes and its inhabitants.

ReWild Native Gardens | Andy Scott & Associates

Go wild, plant native! Gardens that utilize native plants (and wildlife-friendly practices) not only provide nectar and pollen but also act as hosts for butterflies and bees - giving them support for their entire life cycle. ReWild creates garden spaces that beautify your yard while also supporting a myriad of important native pollinators and bird species.


Altlawns of Richfield and Bloomington | Mallory Mascoli and Gwen Bennett

Altlawns is a community-based organization with a mission to create biodiverse native habitat in place of lawns by providing community education and support to local residents. At our resource fair, Mallory and Gwen will be demonstrating how to transfer winter sown seedlings into larger containers. They will also show how to make your own containers by upcycling paper. You will be able to take home your own up-potted native plant. 

Blue Thumb—Planting for Clean Water®  | Jacqueline Nguyen and Becca Krasky

The Blue Thumb Partnership is a state-wide network of clean water and native plant stewards creating change to bridge the gap between knowledge and action by offering free DIY resources and paid programs to Minnesotans; including Lawns to Legumes, Resilient Yards Workshops, and more! Blue Thumb is coordinated by Metro Blooms’, an MPLS-based non-profit. 

Minnesota Dragonfly Society | John Arthur and Ria Nielsen

Minnesota Dragonfly Society is a volunteer-run 501c3 nonprofit created to ensure the conservation of Minnesota's dragonflies and damselflies through research and education.  Learn more about dragonflies and damselflies and how they're connected to other native wildlife and habitat.

Xerces Society | Diane Hirigoyen, Ambassador

The Xerces Society is a trusted source for science-based information and advice, playing a leading role in promoting the conservation of pollinators and many other invertebrates. We collaborate with people and institutions at all levels and our work to protect bees, butterflies, freshwater mussels and other invertebrates encompasses all landscapes. 


This is a lively time at Wood Lake. Most plants, trees, and shrubs will be fully leafed out and we continue to see spring wildflowers and warblers. Tour guide, naturalist Aaron McGuire, will watch for courting and nest building and fresh blooms on the floor of the forest. We might also touch on the natural and cultural history of the land.

About Your Guide | Aaron McGuire currently works seasonally as a naturalist for Eastman Nature Center and periodically conducts programs at Wood Lake Nature Center. His interests range widely from glacial geology to restoration ecology, all the way to the interactions between nature and culture. His abiding passions include the study of plants and birds. He lives near the Mississippi River Gorge, a place he often visits to observe the native flora and fauna.


The mission of Wild Ones, Native Plants Native Landscapes, is to promote native landscapes through education, advocacy and collaborative action. Twin Cities chapter members will be available to answer questions. 

Education and Resource Table | Ask an experienced Wild Ones member

Native Plants, Soil and Climate Resilience | Ginny Halloran

Wild Ones Summer Activities | Tours and Stewardship Projects | Nokomis Naturescape 

Merchandise | Native Plant Signs for $3 each, native shrubs for $10 and a half price book sale, check or cash only.

Hands on Demonstrations

Earthworm Identification and Jumping Worm Prevention | Julia Vanatta, Wild Ones

Bareroot Plant Demonstration | Robert Hatlveig, Master Gardener


Home Grown National Park | Douglas Tallamy

Wednesday, May 15th - 6pm

Co-sponsored by Wild Ones Prairie Edge and the City of Minnetonka

Live Streamed and Viewing Party

Eden Prairie City Hall | Heritage Room (on lower level)

8080 Mitchell Road | Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Join Zoom HERE

Have your questions for Douglas ready for a Q & A after the presentation!

Moderated by Heather Holm

Local experts will be on hand following the presentation to answer any questions following the presentation.

Refreshments and handouts will be provided. 

  • Attracting Birds to Your Garden with Native Plants booklets, 
  • Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden with Native Plants booklets,
  • Climate Resilient Landscapes booklets
  • Native Plant Nurseries & Landscape Services in Minnesota & Western Wisconsin brochures, and
  • New benefits of native plants lawn signs available for sale

Our parks, preserves, and remaining wildlands – no matter how grand in scale – are too small and separated from one another to sustain the native trees, plants, insects, and animals on which our ecosystems depend. We can fix this problem by practicing conservation outside of wildlands, where we live, work, shop, farm, and ranch. Thus, the concept for Homegrown National Park: a national challenge to create diverse ecosystems in our yards, communities, farms, and surrounding lands by reducing lawn, planting native, and removing invasives. The goal of HNP is to create a national movement to restore 20 million acres with natives, an area representing ½ of what is now in lawn, as well as millions more acres in agriculture and woodlots. We are at a critical point where we are losing so many native plant and animal species that our life support systems are in jeopardy. However, if many people make small changes, we can restore healthy ecological networks and weather the changes ahead. 

Doug Tallamy is the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 112 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 43 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His books include Bringing Nature Home, The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, Nature's Best Hope, a New York Times Best Seller, The Nature of Oaks, winner of the American Horticultural Society’s 2022 book award.    In 2021 he cofounded Homegrown National Park with Michelle Alfandari ( His awards include recognition from The Garden Writer’s Association, Audubon, The National Wildlife Federation, Allegheny College, Ecoforesters, The Garden Club of America and The American Horticultural Association.