Next Meeting: Tuesday April 21, 2015

Natural Landscaping Table Topics

Featuring small Question & Answer
discussion groups on a variety of topics.

Have you or are you planning to use native plants in your garden and need help on plant selection and maintenance? Attend our 3rd Annual Natural Landscaping Table Topics event featuring a variety of native plant topics and leaders. Participate in Question & Answer discussion sessions on your choice of topics. Hosts for each table are either professionals or have many years of experience. All participants receive $5 off purchase of a flat at our annual plant sale.

Topics and Leaders:

Woodland and Shoreline Gardens

Paul Erdmann, Caretaker and Conservation Chair, Bush Lake Chapter of the Izaak Walton League ofAmerica
Discussion will focus on establishing a woodland garden or woodland edge garden, however, Paul also has extensive experience in lakeshore restoration. Should be a lively discussion! 

Izaak Walton League of America is a grassroots conservation organization. Since 2010, Paul has been working to restore the Bush Lake Chapter's 4-acre property - a mix of woodlands, prairie, wetland and lakeshore - to promote and educate others on the importance of ecological restoration. When not battling invasive plants or planting native plants, Paul works his "day job" at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in the Stormwater Program.

Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden

Heather Holm, Author of Pollinators of Native Plants

Discussion will be on landscaping with native plants that attract pollinators, including native bees, butterflies and moths.

Heather is currently working on a three year study examining the pollination ecology of cultivated blueberries and determining which native bees are the primary pollinators. The study also includes developing customized forage plantings for the native bees identified. Heather is an environmental educator and writes for Houzz, a social media website, about pollinators and beneficial insects. She is a member of Wild Ones and serves on the board of the new Prairie Edge chapter.

Landscaping with Native Trees & Shrubs

Erik Olsen, Landscape Designer, Out Back Nursery & Landscaping

Focuses on selecting native trees and shrubs of Minnesota that are versatile and suitable for natural landscaping in urban or suburban settings.

Erik graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Environmental Design and a Masters in Landscape Architecture in 1995. Shortly thereafter he was introduced to native plants. Erik joined Out Back Nursery & Landscaping in 1997 and began designing and installing landscapes using primarily native plants. He brings vision into his designs that merge ecological processes with horticultural practices.

Caring For Wild and Natural Gardens
Carmen Simonet, Landscape Architect, Carmen Simonet Design, LLC
A designer of environmentally friendly landscapes, Carmen will introduce and lead discussion on managing natural landscapes. Topics will include: design decisions and their impact on maintenance, establishing a new planting, long term management, and management strategies to support pollinators and birds. 

Boulevards: Creating Thriving Eco-Gardens in Challenging Spaces

Roxanne Stuhr, Owner, True NatureDesign
Native plants can make great boulevard gardens and add curb appeal too. This session will focus on plant selection that follows municipal guidelines while adding beauty to your yard.  You will get a brief introduction into where to begin, and then we will talk about how to get there.

Roxanne founded True Nature Design and offers comprehensive landscape design, build and garden management services. Her work is inspired by individuals, rooted in Nature, and centered in ecology, and she believes ALL life deserves a garden. MNLA-CP and Master Water Steward.

Where To Begin: Converting Lawns to Native Plant Landscapes

Douglas Owens-Pike, President, EnergyScapes
Have you been thinking about reducing your lawn and providing more habitat?  Come to the Wild Ones table talk on this subject and learn from an expert who has been designing, installing and maintaining native gardens for over 25 years.  Douglas is the author of Beautifully Sustainable:Freeing Yourself to Enjoy Your Landscape which will be available for purchase from Wild Ones that evening.

Douglas founded EnergyScapes in 1989 with the goal of preserving and enhancing the diversity of native habitat around our homes. He completed his MS in plant ecology at the University of Washington after his BS in Environmental Sciences at UW - Green Bay. Douglas draws on the rich experience of decades devoted to transforming lawn into meadows of the most appropriate native plants.

Wild Ones in the Lobby

Who are we? Chapter leaders will answer questions about our organization, Monarch Joint Venture, plant sale, upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. Member library, book and merchandise store will also be open, check or cash only.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

7 pm - 8:45 pm

(socializing and setup begins at 6:30 pm)

March 17, 2015 Chapter Meeting

Pollinator Revival: Impact of Harmful Pesticides, Managing our Landscapes to Provide Healthy Habitat for Pollinators 

Bombus sp on Fireweed (Chamerion 
angustifolium) near Anchorage, Alaska.
Photo: Julia Vanatta

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

(socializing and setup begins at 6:30 pm)
Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield, MN

Marilyn Jones & Julia Vanatta
Pesticides have become the quick fix to address various farming and gardening problems. Pollinator Revival co-founders, Marilyn Jones and Julia Vanatta, will share a bit of the history of pesticides along with safer options for pest control. They will also illustrate how we, as gardeners and landscape professionals, can help populations of pollinators and other beneficial insects recover by making simple changes to how we maintain our landscapes.