Reminder: Landscape Revival Native Plant Expo & Market is Saturday, June 4th!
9 am - 3 pm
Community Pavilion at the Roseville Cub Foods
1201 Larpenteur Ave W
Roseville, MN 55113

Thanks to members who donated plants for our annual Wild Ones native plant sale on May 22nd! 

Film Screening: 
Hometown Habitat - 
Stories of Bringing Nature Home

Monday, June 13, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Nine Mile Creek Watershed District
12800 Gerard Dr.
Eden Prairie, MN 55346

Join us for a free screening of Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home, a 90-minute environmental education documentary by Catherine Zimmerman and featuring Douglas Tallamy. The film focuses on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems.
This event is brought to you by Wild Ones Twin Cities, Wild Ones Prairie Edge, and Nine Mile Creek Watershed District.
Space is limited, so please pre-register here. Thank you.

Get Ready for... 

Wild Ones Twin Cities Summer Tours:

Saturday, June 11 | Southwest Area Garden Tours

Tour 1 : Jeremy & Amy Mayberg’s Garden
10 am to 11:30 | 4501 Lakeview Dr, Edina MN 
Architect-designed as a series of circles, the well-established back
yard is 85% native and provides amazing displays in the home’s
natural landscape. Each year is recorded in a unique calendar. 

Tour 2 : Meleah Maynard’s Garden
12 Noon to 1:00 pm   | 4453 Washburn Ave S, Minneapolis MN 
This beautiful organic garden of a long-time Master Gardener is
half natives. Meleah co-wrote Decoding Gardening Advice with 
Jeff Gillman, and blogs at

Wednesday, June 15

Douglas Owens-Pike's of EnergyScapes Private Residence
Come learn about natives in the shade and those wonderful sedges! 
Professional designer committed to nurturing native landscapes.

Saturday, June 25  |  South Minneapolis Garden Tours

Tour 1 : Vicki Bonk, Grow Monarch Habitat Coach’s Garden
10:00 am to 11:00 am  |  5629 45th Ave, Minneapolis MN 
A Monarch Waystation in this National Wildlife Federation-certified 
Back Yard Habitat!  New: the Mandala Mirror sculpture by Richard, 
featured at the MN Arboretum and at Silverwood.

Tour 2 : Local Roots Landscapers Client Garden
11:15 am to 12:15 pm  |  3660 44th Ave S, Minneapolis MN 
Imagine a very shady yard, subject to soil erosion, transformed into 
areas of woodland and savanna, with rain gardens and over 500 
natives among clusters of Montana boulders and rock cairns. 

Tour 3 : Nokomis East Gateway Garden Project
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm |  East 50th St & Hiawatha Ave
In 2010, land from the LRT was planted with natives, indigenous to 
this very region, including a Burl Oak to represent the Oak Savanna 
found here centuries ago. Gateway Gardens provides important host, 
nectar and habitat plants for Monarchs and a wide variety of 
two-legged, four-legged and winged guests!

Wednesday, July 6   

Tour of Patty's Garden at Energy Savers Insulation
Over 15 years the business owners have planted a variety of 
natives to transform the adjoining corner lot into a haven for bees, 
birds and other wildlife.

About the Tours

Our yard tours are casual. Just join us at the allotted time, enjoy the
yard, then move on to the next. You plan your transportation. Take a risk, 
reach out and bring a person with you. Hope you enjoy the tours.

Check back soon for more summer native garden tours and field trips!

And here's a preview of Fall 2016 Wild Ones Twin Cities meetings:


A Walk through the Trespasser's Garden
Join us for an evening with award winning artist Emily Gray Koehler, who will share her work on The Trespasser's Garden, exploring the history and consequences of natural landscapes compromised by introduced invasive plants and animals!

Grow Native: Bringing Natural Beauty to Your Garden
Learn from author Lynn Steiner, whose latest book shows how to transform your yard into a beautiful landscape using native plants!

Annual Board Meeting and Potluck
Where the Wild Ones Have Gone: A Potluck Travelogue

Come tour spectacular native landscapes from the Midwest to Hawaii with Wild Ones members who will share beautiful photographs and experiences from their recent travels!
And if you, too, have visited somewhere of interest in terms of native plants or landscapes, please consider participating! To contribute your stories and images, please contact program co-chair Holley Wlodarczyk.

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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.


Wesley Nugteren
Seeking the Wild Naturalist

Have you ever wandered through the woods and wondered "can I eat that"?  Have you ever been curious which plants are native to Minnesota?  The fact is that many of our Minnesota plants are not only edible but also quite delicious.  Wesley will give a few good reasons to consider these plants in the urban and suburban landscape.  We'll discuss the ethics and laws of wild harvesting, growing native plants as a means of species conservation, and how to start growing these tasty and beautiful plants in your own backyard.

Wesley Nugteren is a professional naturalist, aspiring craftsperson, and lifelong wanderer.  He grew up on a South Dakota farm and takes pride in the soil-stained crevices of his fingertips. He believes in teaching a respect for nature that is born in love rather than fear.  This means smelling the earth, touching the plants, and mindfully stepping off trail to take a closer look.  Wesley is a naturalist at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary and recently started offering private naturalist services through Seeking the Wild.

Reminder: Tuesday May 17th is also the deadline for placing your order for the Twin Cities and Big River Big Woods Chapters 2016 Plant Sale! Download the order form here.

Also, pick up a few (or all 25 varieties!) of Native Plant Signs for your garden at our May meeting, or on Sunday May 22nd when you pick up your native plant order at the Minneapolis location!  See the bottom of the Plant Sale page for a complete list of beautiful and durable garden signs.
Photo: Roz Johnson

Special thanks to our fantastic Table Topics Hosts at the April meeting:

Paul ErdmannKaren Graham, Heather Holm, Erik Olsen
Carmen Simonet, Nathalie Shanstrom and Roxanne Stuhr!

Next Meeting: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

6:00 pm-6:30 pm | Social
6:30 pm-8:30 pm | Program  
All meetings are free and open to the public.

New Time & Location!   
Lake Harriet United Methodist Church
4901 Chowen Ave S, Minneapolis, MN  
Parking lot accessible from Chowen and Beard Avenues.
Bike racks available  |  Bus line: 46E  |  
Meeting to be held in the sanctuary, lower level accessible using elevator in the vestibule.

4th Annual Native Landscaping Table Topics & Plant Sale Kickoff

Learn from experts and/or Wild Ones members with a depth of experience. 
Topics covered include:
Selecting Native Trees and Shrubs 
Erik Olsen,  Outback Nursery & Landscaping
Landscaping with Native Plants to Attract Pollinators
Heather Holm, Holm Design & Consulting/Author  
Where to Begin: Converting Lawns to Native Plant
Nathalie Shanstrom, PLA, Senior Ecological Designer, Energy Scapes
Hows, Whats & Wheres of Site and Soil
Karen Graham
Making Room for Native Plants in an Established Garden
Sue Van Baerle, Shared Landscapes
Native Planting in Challenging Spaces 
Roxanne Stuhr,  TrueNature Design
Caring For Wild and Natural Gardens 
Carmen Simonet,  Carmen Simonet Design
Steps to Restoration: Creating Wildlife Habitat in Your Yard
Paul Erdmann, Conservation Chair, Bush Lake Chapter of Izaak Walton League  

There will only be 3 sessions, but 8 different table topics-- so plan for the ones that interest you most! Download a table topics map here.

The April meeting is also the kick off for our annual annual plant sale, attendees will receive $5 off their order. 

Plant collections for Twin Cities and Big River Big Woods Chapters 2016 Plant Sale are now posted on our website, and the order form available here.

All plants available through this sale are native to Minnesota, neonic free and pesticide free!

Deadline for placing order: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Pick-up: Sunday, May 22, 2016
Pick-up sites in both Minneapolis and Roseville.

Also available at our April meeting:

Beautiful, durable 
Native Plant Signs 
for your garden!

See the bottom of the Plant Sale page for a complete list of all 25 signs available

And thanks to everyone who contributed to the record-breaking attendance at our March meeting featuring MN DNR plant ecologist Hannah Texler and botanical artist Vera Ming Wong

In case you didn't get a copy of Hannah Texler's article, "Home Is Where the Habitat Is," in the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, a digital version with one of Vera Ming Wong's beautiful illustrations can be found here.

And here are a few of the resources Hannah shared to help determine which native plant communities belong in our own back (or front!) yards.

Vera Ming Wong (top right) presenting her original artwork for "Home Is Where the Habitat Is" at our March meeting.