Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

6:30 pm-7:00 pm | Social
7:00 pm-8:45 pm | Program
Wood Lake Nature Center
6710 Lake Shore Dr S, Richfield, MN 55423
All meetings are free and open to the public.

MEMBER GARDEN SHOWCASE 
& SEED EXCHANGE



An Urban Oasis 

Landscape Gardening with Native Plants

Jeremy Mayberg



In 2003, Marty Rice, one of the founders of Wild Ones Twin Cities Chapter hired Eric Olson of Outback Nursery to design and assist her in the conversion of her backyard into a native garden. In December 2007 Marty and her husband Jeff sold their home to Jeremy and Amy-Ann Mayberg. Concerned the new owners might plow the garden down and replant a lawn, she and Jeff called upon the new owners the day they moved in, and over coffee and muffins she told them of Wild Ones and the garden of native plants out back.  She urged them to experience one growing season before doing anything in the garden.  Marty’s passion for native plants was infectious, Jeremy caught the bug and has been the steward of this magnificent urban oasis for the last eleven years. He now sits on the Board of Wild Ones Twin Cities and is the Program Chair of this year’s Design with Nature Conference.  The garden has been featured in Lynn Steiner’s Prairie Style Gardens, Evelyn Hadden’s Beautiful No Mow Lawns and was featured as one of the 2017 Twin Cities Best Gardens by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. A retired architect and accomplished photographer, Jeremy will present his approach to creating an urban oasis through landscaping gardening with native plants. 

and...

Rewilding in Stages: 
Converting Lawn to Native Garden 
via Sheet Mulching 

Andy Scott

When Andy and his partner purchased their home, the yard was a barren plot of struggling exotic shrubs, patchy turf grass, and not much else. Fast forward 7 years and the 1/4 acre yard in Bloomington, MN is now home to numerous species of native woodland and prairie plants. His gardens are strictly composed of only plants native to North America, including 6 species of Milkweed. Different approaches were utilized to create the new garden beds, but sheet mulching (the technique of smothering turf grass with a thick material like cardboard) worked quickly and efficiently to establish new beds and start the process of cultivating healthy soil. These new habitat gardens contain host plants for valuable insect life (including numerous Monarch larva each year), and food and cover for birds. Andy will showcase before and after images and explain the process of converting lawn-to-garden that illustrates anyone can do it.

Bring native plant seed for the 
ANNUAL SEED EXCHANGE!

Please label seeds by BOTH common AND botanical/Latin names
(example: Butterfly Milkweed - Asclepias tuberosa
Also include the source of you native seed if known. Thank you!


Wondering what to do with the native plant seed you collected
—or when? Try...

Everyone is welcome to attend
Wild Ones Twin Cities Quarterly Board Meetings!

Come take part in shaping your chapter
Wild Ones is a non-profit, volunteer organization, and there are many participation and leadership opportunities. Please consider sharing your time, expertise and enthusiasm in furthering our mission of building native plant habitat, one garden at a time!

Our next WOTC Board Meeting is on 
Monday, January 7, 2019, 
1:30-3:30 pm 
at Augsburg Park Library
7100 Nicollet Ave, Richfield, MN 55423


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

6:30 pm-7:00 pm | Social
7:00 pm-8:45 pm | Program
Wood Lake Nature Center
6710 Lake Shore Dr S, Richfield, MN 55423
All meetings are free and open to the public.

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING, 
POT LUCK DINNER 
& SEED EXCHANGE

And a presentation on...

TREE TRIMMING TIPS
on YOUNG and MATURE TREES:
What to Tackle in the Dormant Season

Jason Pruett
President and Operator 
Treehugger Tree Care, Inc.
I.S.I Certified Arborist


Young tree pruning is essential in the overall care and longevity of trees. It is an often overlooked process for both consciously planted and volunteer tree selections. It can be confusing to know what cuts to make. Yet, like a parent tenderly cares for a child, a tree needs ongoing care and guidance as it grows.  Jason will guide you through the various pruning techniques for young and veteran trees alike. Pruning topics discussed will include crown cleaning, thinning, reductions, raising, subordinations, and retrenchments. Actual young tree pruning will be demonstrated in the presentation.



Bring a dish for the POTLUCK DINNER!

Please label for allergies (nuts, gluten, etc), vegetarian or vegan - Thank you!


Bring native plant seed for the 
ANNUAL SEED EXCHANGE!

Please label seeds by BOTH common AND botanical/Latin names
(example: Butterfly Milkweed - Asclepias tuberosa
Also include the source of you native seed if known. Thank you!


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

6:30 pm-7:00 pm | Social
7:00 pm-8:45 pm | Program
Wood Lake Nature Center
6710 Lake Shore Dr S, Richfield, MN 55423
All meetings are free and open to the public.

Planting the Seeds of Sustainability: 
the practice of eduction, planning and design to improve water quality, ecological function and quality of life


Rich Harrison

Rich Harrison, a Registered Landscape Architect, is the director of Landscape Design at Metro Blooms.  Rich has been a Metro Blooms staff member for five years.  Rich will teach about natural processes, using an approach focused on how we can play a more responsible role living in the natural environment.  Rich will include his background and experience, learning and working for 25 years, designing landscapes for improved water quality.  He will also help you to assess your land to plan a more ecologically integrated landscape.  Rich's goals align closely with Wild Ones, restoring more life and diversity to our human-dominated world.  He recognizes on-site treatment of stormwater runoff is the best solution for reducing downstream pollution to save our precious water resources.  The audience will learn an abundance of tools and techniques to implement solutions to the problems with declining pollinator diversity that Scott Leddy enumerated at our September meeting.

Rich is a RLA (Registered Landscape Architect) with a MLA (Master of Landscape Architecture) degree from the U of MN.  His work focuses on sustainable design, place making and community development.  Rich has worked on water quality issues for 21 years, beginning in research at Mankato State U of MN, focusing o Transit Oriented Development and Organic Infrastructure.  Since then he has focused on how to design landscapes yielding the most effective on-site treatment of stormwater to reduce downstream problems.  Rich believes that education, facilitating understanding, will help move people to change their lives to embrace design solutions based on more diversity in our built environment.