Saturday, August 15, 2015

Wild Ones Native Plant Garden Tours
South Minneapolis | 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

August is a great month to tour native plant gardens, especially those designed to attract butterflies. You'll likely be joined by Monarch butterflies as you tour three private gardens and two public gardens in Minneapolis'  Kingfield and East Harriet neighborhoods. Tour guides will be at each site during the specified time.

Tour 1 | 10:00 am to 10:30 am 
Keith Engel's Gardens
4346 Garfield Ave S

Boulevard is mixed native and non-native pollinator-attracting plants. Backyard shady area with shade natives, and side garden with milkweed.

Tour 2 | 10:30 am to 11:00 am
Kris Martinka's Gardens
4310 Garfield Ave S

Front yard was planted in 2014 with native prairie plants. Boulevard has established natives. Remainder of lot has smaller native areas.
Tour 3 | 11:30 am to Noon 
Clara Barton Open School
4237 Colfax Ave S

With the help of a significant Seeds for Education Grant from Wild Ones, students and parents designed and planted the garden in Spring of 2015 as a learning area and for pollinator support. This native garden is also dedicated as a memorial for a deceased teacher.

Tour 4 | 12:10 pm to 12:30 pm
Marnie Peichel's Garden
4217 Garfield Ave S

Back yard was established as a mini-prairie 10 years ago. Front yard has no grass and includes a brick walkway with a mix of native plants, edibles and an apple tree.

Tour 5 | 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Royal Grounds Coffee Shop Boulevard Garden
4161 Grand Ave S

This is an evolving native garden garden. Established a number of years ago with mainly non-native plants, it is now about 50% native.

Tour Questions?
All the above tours are free and open to the public. Tour transportation is not provided. Email Jan or Jim Coleman or call and leave a message at 612-293-3833.

August Newsletter


Summer Tours: Wrap up the summer by visiting native plant gardens in Southwest Suburbs, August 9 and South Minneapolis,  August 15.

Fall 2015 Programs:
September 15 | Communities Gone Wild: Cultivating Native Landscapes Across the Twin Cities Metro | Panel

October 20 | Dwindling Numbers of an Iconic Insect: A Conservation Biologist Ponders Moving Beyond the Documentation of Declines | Karen S. Oberhauser, PhD
November 17 | Seeds for Education, Potluck and Annual Meeting

Spring 2015 Program Meeting Notes: Miss a meeting last spring? Twin Cities Chapter August newsletter has comprehensive summaries of March through May meetings. 

  • March | Pollinator Revival: Impact of Harmful Pesticides, Managing our Landscapes to Provide Healthy Habitat for Pollinators | Marilyn D. Jones & Julia Vanatta
  • April | 3rd Annual Native Plant Table Topics | Table Hosts: Paul Erdmann, Heather Holm, Erik Olsen, Douglas Owens-Pike, Carmen Simonet & Roxanne Stuhr
  • May | Crex Meadows Visitors Center - Native Plant Management | Dr. Alan Roelfs & Kim Wheeler 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Wild Ones' Summer Tour | Three Bloomington Gardens

9:00 to 11:30 am

Meet at 5013 Overlook Circle, Bloomington, MN 

(we will continue to other two gardens afterward)

The beauty of a wildlife garden is seen not only in the plants growing there, but also in the creatures it attracts. That’s the primary goal of this garden. Enjoy the butterflies, bees and dragonflies, amphibians and birds that regularly visit. You might spot a tiger swallowtail nectaring at Joe Pye weed, or a hummingbird zipping around the monarda.

Perhaps you’ll find a monarch caterpillar munching on milkweed or see a goldfinch perched on a cup plant. Browse some before and after photos to see the journey that we’ve taken over the years, from a yard full of invasive plants, to a suburban oasis for wildlife that humans can enjoy too.