Wild Ones Twin Cities Summer Tours:

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 Bur 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.

Saturday, August 6   

South Minneapolis, Seward, Longfellow, Corcoran

Between 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Pick up a guide for times and locations at:
Mon Petit Cheri
2401 E Franklin Ave
Open 7:00 am to 7:00 pm daily

Tour 1 : Marilyn Jones’ Garden (co-chair TC Chapter)
As a Mother's Day gift in 2008,  Marilyn's children removed the turf from the front yard, made a rain garden, and planted almost her entire yard in native plants.Then 5 years ago, the yard was declared an EPA superfund site (part of the arsenic triangle of South Minneapolis), and the EPA removed the natives, trees, and soil down 20 inches. Most of the yard has been replanted with natives.  Half the roof drains into a rain garden and half into rain barrels watering the new plants.Come see the rebirth of the yard!

Tour 2 : Liz and Bill Blood’s Garden
Bill and Liz have co-partnered a sunny yard with 100 prairie plants 
and 2 rain gardens. A curvilinear path thru the lush side yard leads to 
a labyrinth and water feature in the back yard.

Tour 3 : Julia Vanatta’s Yard (co-chair TC Chapter)
Over the past 25 years, Julia’s small city lot has gradually changed from lawn and ornamental plants to paths, terraces and a diverse selection of native plants. The boulevard is nearly 100% native transitioning from part sun to full shade. Chilton rock terrace in front has a secret rain garden and shady back yard is a mostly naturalized woodland with two rain gardens. Side yard is still a work in progress, all gardens have remnant ornamentals.
Refreshments will be served for those who wish to linger, enjoy the peaceful back yard or look for visiting pollinators, including Rusty-Patched and Northern Yellow Bumblebees. 

Tour 4 : Common Ground Meditation Center 
In keeping with Buddhist philosophy of non-harming, Common 
Ground is committed to minimizing their footprint on the earth. 
The site renovation removed most of the impervious surfaces, 
and included plantings of primarily native species. The 
extensive rain garden system contains runoff and provides 

on-site storm water infiltration.

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!

Crex Meadows Member Only Tour!

Saturday August 13, 2016 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Twin Cities Chapter has arranged for a tour, guided by Kim Wheeler, of Crex Meadows Wildlife Area near Grantsburg, WI. Carpools will be arranged for transportation to and from Crex Meadows visitor center, where we will board a school bus to travel to various sites within the large, natural area. Cost for this tour, between $25 and $40 per person, will be determined by number of attendees and drivers. Lunch is not included, but there are several options in Grantsburg or you can bring a lunch.

Limited number of seats available.
RSVP by August 1, 2016: 612-293-3833

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.