Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 19, 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.

PROBLEM-SOLVING 
WITH NATIVE PLANTS, 
a Site-Specific Solution

Bonnie L. Harper-Lore

21st century problems include diminished pollinator habitat, degraded water supplies, climate change, increasing invasive species and more.

Some nonnative plants are used to solve these issues.  However, in the big picture, native plants have fewer unintended consequences while protecting the natural environment at the same time.  I now call for the sciences of horticulture and applied ecology, that have been at odds for decades, to combine strengths.  The well-being of the human environment and protection of land health hang in the balance.  Let’s examine environmental problems, examples of site-specific plantings and lessons learned to assure successful use.


My journey began with a native wildflower garden at age 14.  I intuitively knew how to match plant needs with planting site constraints.  
I thought everyone knew that.  However, working with residential landscape projects for ten years, landscape architect students for nine years and highway corridor restorations for 17 years, I quickly learned I assumed too much.  Now, I explain what works and what does not in the use of native plants - some of them wildflowers.

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Wild Ones Minnesota Presents the 
2019 DESIGN WITH NATURE CONFERENCE

Saturday, February 16, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM CST

University of St. Thomas
James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall, Anderson Student Center
2115 Summit Ave (at Cretin), St. Paul, Minnesota 55105

featuring
Robin Wall Kimmerer, Ph.D  
Michael Lynch 
Larry WeanerASLA
and a
SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATION by
Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

THE CONFERENCE IS NOW SOLD OUT!

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
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Wild Ones Minnesota Presents the 
2019 DESIGN WITH NATURE CONFERENCE

Saturday, February 16, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM CST

University of St. Thomas
James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall, Anderson Student Center
2115 Summit Ave (at Cretin), St. Paul, Minnesota 55105

featuring
Robin Wall Kimmerer, Ph.D  
Michael Lynch 
Larry WeanerASLA
and a
SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATION by
Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION CLOSES on JANUARY 19th!

Conference Registration closes February 2nd.



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!