Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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.

Native Plant Winter Sowing and Seed Exchange



Join us for our fourth annual native plant seed exchange and winter seed sowing project. Carmen Simonet, landscape architect and native plant enthusiast will start the evening off with a presentation on growing native plants from seed. 

We'll have soil, seed and the other tools needed for this project but if you have seed harvested from your garden bring some to share - please have marked with common and Latin name. Also bring containers (clean empty large size yogurt container with lid or something similar). 


See you in January!

And special thanks to Roz Johnson, Jo Ann Musumeci and Kathleen O'Connell for sharing their travel photos and stories at our November Potluck meeting!
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Save the date!
Next year's DESIGN WITH NATURE Conference will be Saturday, February 18th at Anderson Student Center, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus.
Check the Design with Nature Conference website for updates and announcements!

If you are interested in helping plan our 2017 Conference, our next open planning meeting is:

Monday, November 21, at 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm 

  Merriam Park Library (lower level)
  1831 Marshall Ave
  St Paul, Minnesota
  651-642-0385

Note about getting their during rush hour:
Library is at corner of Fairview / Marshall Aves, midway between Cretin/  Snelling exits from I-94.
Coming from north: Avoid sitting on the freeway by taking Snelling or Lexington to Pierce Butler Route, then head west to Fairview Ave. If you miss the turn for Fairview keep going and the road will get you across the freeway via Transfer Rd / Cleveland Ave (no turns, name of road changes).
Coming from the south: Take Edgcumbe Rd off of Hwy 5 / W 7th St, which into Fairview Ave as you go north. Pretty straight shot and traffic flows.

Special favor:
As this meeting is during the dinner hour, invite you to bring light snacks (to share) that would be easy to eat during the meeting without a lot of clean up. You may be reimbursed if you provide a receipt. Bring your own bottled or contained beverage.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 15, 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.


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


Come tour spectacular native landscapes with Wild Ones members who will share beautiful photographs and experiences from their recent travels! 

In March 2016, Roz Johnson spent two weeks working at the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge on the Big Island, Hawai'i. The 38,000 acre refuge contains stands of native montane rain forest and several species of endangered birds. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff and volunteers are working hard to restore native habitat as much was lost to cattle grazing, destruction by feral pigs, and the planting of alien grasses and shrubs.

Jo Ann Musumeci visited the 161,000 acre Croatan National Forest on the coastal plain of North Carolina, southwest of the Outer Banks. It is a longleaf pine savanna forest that includes swamps (pocosins - bogs), a portion of the White Oak River, and salt marsh, creating multiple habitats for a variety of plants (including pitcher plants) and wildlife (including the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker) 

Landscape Architect Kathleen O'Connell will speak about her expedition to see muskox, autumn colors and aurora in the Nunavik Quebec, where she fell in love with the tundra plants in this subarctic area..

And bring a dish to share at our annual potluck dinner!

Next Meeting: Tuesday, October 18, 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.


Grow Native: 
Bringing Natural Beauty to Your Garden

Lynn Steiner, one of the Upper Midwest's best known garden writers and longtime editor of Northern Gardener magazine, introduces her latest book on responsible gardening, where the goal is to create a beautiful garden where we can satisfy our love of tending plants without causing further damage to the natural world. Come see inspirational photographs of environmentally friendly native-plant gardening that will be attractive to birds, butterflies, and other wildlife, and learn about special situations where native plants are great choices, such as rain gardens, boulevard gardens, and shade.
Books will be available for sale and signing. Cash and checks only, please.  


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
2015 Conference Fall Kick-Off Planning Meeting

Friday, September 30, 2016 
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hosmer Library

Get Involved! Help make decisions and take action by working together with chapter leaders to plan, promote and implement our annual conference. Contact Julia to learn more about our fall planning meeting, what's on the agenda and what additional help is needed.


Hometown Habitat: 

Stories of Bringing Nature Home

Thursday, October 27, 2016
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2180 North Hamline Ave  |  Roseville, MN

Big River Big Woods, in partnership with Wild Ones Twin Cities and Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, will screen this 90-minute film showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. This film tells the stories of 7 different communities and how they succeed in creating native landscapes.