Next Meeting: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

6:45 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.

TABLE TOPICS:Native Plant Gardening 101

New to native plant gardening? Would you like to learn more about how to garden with native plants? Please join us for our 7th Annual Table Topics! Local experts will lead discussions focused on the 'BIG BASICS'...

How to plan, design, and select plants for a garden on your site
• with Dan Peterson, Landscape Designer at HabAdapt

What you need to know about soil preparation and installation of plants and shrubs
• with Craig Stark, Landscape Designer at Ecoscapes Sustainable Landscaping

How to care for and maintain a native garden through the seasons
• with Vicki Bonk and Marilyn Jones, Lead Gardeneers at Nokomis Naturescape

And help us kick off our annual Native Plant Sale! 

And in case you missed Marilyn Garber's fascinating March presentation, or want to learn more about the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Florilegium, click here!

And be sure not to miss the next Grow Monarch habitat Workshop! Register here!

Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 20, 2018

6:45 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.


Marilyn Garber
The Minnesota School for Botanical Art

Cypripedium parviflorum Salisb.
var. masking by Marilyn Garber
Come learn about this unique and growing visual historical record of flora found in the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary–established in 1907, it is the oldest public wildflower garden in the United States. The Minnesota School of Botanical Art is the co-sponsor of the Florilegium, which began in 2010.

Marilyn Garber is the founder of the Minnesota School of Botanical Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a Past-President of the American Society of Botanical Artists. Her work has been exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society in London, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama City, Panama, the Queen Sirikit Royal Botanical Garden in Thailand, the Dahlem Botanical Garden and Museum in Berlin, Germany, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, New York, the Bell Museum of Natural History and the Science Museum of Minnesota.


Be sure to check out...


Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 5:30-6:30 pm
Textile Center | 3000 University Ave SE, Minneapolis

Dusk on Lake Macdonald
Polymer clay artist Laura Burlis spent a month-long Artist Residency in Glacier National Park in July 2017. Come hear about her sojurn in the park, which was bookended by snowdrifts at the front end and severe wildfires at the back end. Learn about the ins and outs of being an artist-in-residence, and how the landscapes and changing climate of the park influenced her art.

This talk is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is not required, but appreciated. To get your name on the list, please call 612-436-0464 or email


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Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

6:45 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.


• Selection 
• Planting 
• Maintenance

Join us for an informative program and discussion on everything you need to know about caring for Minnesota native trees and shrubs in you home and community landscapes. Bring your questions for three local experts:

Erik Olsen
Outback Nursery 
Native Tree and Shrub Selection for a Changing Climate

Paul Buck, City of Plymouth Forester 
Imposing Our Will on Nature? Managing Healthy Public Space Native Trees and Shrubs

Jason Pruett
Treehugger Treecare 
From the Ground Up- Tips on Pruning and Timing


In case you missed it...

Check out a couple articles in the Star-Trib featuring our WOTC members Jeremy and Amy-Ann Mayberg, and their Edina native restoration garden:


Thank you to our WILD ONES IN THE FIELD presenters at the November Wild Ones twin Cities meeting! 

Learn more about the various organizations they participate in and lead, putting their knowledge and passion for native plant landscaping to work in the wider community...
One of the stately bur oaks that grace
Nokomis Naturescape gardens!

Vicki Bonk
Nokomis Naturescape  - Visit the spectacular four acre Naturescape gardens for inspiration all season long, and come learn alongside Vicki, founding and lead Gardeneer, and other Wild Ones volunteers Tuesday evenings from April through October. Pick up native habitat plant kits and information at one of the Grow Monarch Habitat workshops that Vicki leads. And be sure to stop by in September for the Annual Monarch Festival! 
For more information, visit

Laurie Bruno & Marilyn Jones
A rain garden doing its job--
adding beauty and function to this parking lot!
Master Water Stewards   - Learn more about pollution prevention and storm water projects led by Wild Ones members as part of their Master Water Steward capstone projects. Visit one of the lovely and functional rain gardens that Laurie installed with volunteers at Lutheran Church of Christ Redeemer
The rain garden filled with native plants in bloom and the many visitors it attracts!

And check out a video documenting Marilyn's fun and purposeful efforts engaging her Minneapolis neighborhood in stormwater awareness on National Night Out.  For more information, visit

Joelyn Malone
Joelyn with fellow Tree Trust volunteers.
Monterey Cohousing - In addition to lending tree care expertise to her St. Louis Park cohousing development and local urban forest initiatives, "Branch Manager" Joelyn also actively volunteers with the following programs and organizations: 

Transforming one small piece of
boulevard from turf grass to
native perennial plants
add up to make a huge
difference for pollinators! 
Sara Nelson
Corcoran Grows - Visit the Corcoran Pollinator Project blog to follow this innovative grassroots neighborhood project installing boulevard gardens with donated plants to increase urban biodiversity. This ongoing project invites neighbors to become part of the "crop mob" and share plants from their own gardens to help create more expansive pollinator habitat.  For more information, visit

Leslie Pilgrim
Neighborhood Greening - Leslie has taken her journey of learning to a whole other level, founding Neighborhood Greening as a resource dedicated to environmental education and stewardship, with a hyper-local focus that harnesses "the spirit of community to make small but impactful efforts that will make a greener neighborhood for both humans and wildlife.” She publishes a free, informative and richly illustrated quarterly e-journal, The Butterfly Effect that aims to "spotlight our successes, examine small but impactful changes we can make to become better stewards of our local environment, tell our 'green' stories, and show how environmental stewardship directly enriches our community, families, and lives.” 
For more information, visit 
Mendota Elementary Rain Garden in full summer bloom!

Save the date...


FEBRUARY 17, 2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Anderson Student Center, University of St. Thomas, St.Paul Campus

Featured speakers include:

Jared Rosenbaum and Rachael Mackow  own and operate Wild Ridge Plants, Pohatcong, New Jersey, where they are growers and stewards of native plants. They provide a comprehensive toolkit of services, including a native plant nursery, habitat restoration design, environmental education, and botanical surveys.

Catherine Zimmerman  is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, certified horticulturist, and landscape designer from Washington, D.C. She also serves as a Wild Ones Honorary National Director. Her most recent film, Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home, is a collaboration with Dr. Douglas Tallamy. The film explores how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local eco-systems.

More information on speakers, tickets and exhibitors coming soon at