Next Meeting: Thursday, April 20, 2017
NEW DATE, TIME AND LOCATION!6:00 pm-6:30 pm | Social
6:30 pm-8:30 pm | Program
Diamond Lake Lutheran Church
5760 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis MN
All meetings are free and open to the public.
5th Annual Table Topics
Native Plant Gardening Basics
Table Topics is an opportunity to gather information and discuss a variety of topics—from site and soil preparation, plant selection, garden maintenance, creating wildlife habitat, and managing invasive species. Tables are hosted by local landscaping professionals or Wild Ones members with a depth of experience.
Landscaping with Native Trees and Shrubs
Erik Olsen, Outback Nursery & Landscaping
Focus on selecting native trees and shrubs of Minnesota that are suitable and versatile for natural landscaping in urban and suburban settings
Planting a Pollinator Garden
Vicki Bonk, Nokomis Naturescape Coordinator
A discussion of the essentials on native plant gardening for pollinators including habitat requirements, plant choices and seasonal garden care.
Where to Begin:
Converting Lawns to Native Plants/Gardens
Nathalie Shanstrom, Pasque Ecological Design
Have you been thinking about converting some of your lawn to native plants, but don’t know how to start? This table talk will cover the basics, including planning, site preparation, installation, and maintenance.
Tough Plants for Tough Spaces:
Creating Thriving Eco-Gardens in Challenging Spaces
Roxanne Stuhr, Owner of True Nature Design
There are a multitude of plants; particularly Natives, which can turn tough spaces into great gardens, invite pollinators into your landscape, and provide you with a multitude of other benefits too. You will get a brief introduction into where to begin, and then we will talk about how to get there.
Creating Wildlife Habitat in your Yard
Liz Stanley, Bloomington Homeowner
Liz will share her experience establishing a suburban wildlife habitat including essential elements of food.water/shelter, and offer tips based on best practices and lessons learned over the past 10 years.
Managing Gardens without Chemicals
Julia Vanatta, Co-President of Wild Ones Twin Cities
Gardening with little to no pesticides is a noble goal. However, it is possible to manage without many of the pesticides sold in the garden centers by changing our gardening practices and gaining a better understanding of the ecosystem in our garden. Learn what to do and how to minimize your chemical impact on the environment.
Landscaping Options and Rain Gardens for Managing Wet Areas
Craig Stark, EcoScape Sustainable Landscaping
Coming to a Prairie Near You! Recognizing and Removing Terrestrial Invasives
Dawn Littleton, Invasive Plants Program Coordinator, U of M Extension
Be on the lookout for 2017’s premiering invasive species. This session will begin with a brief discussion of the devastation caused by current invasions of these species and the turn attention to preventing this damage by reporting and/or quickly eliminating “Eradicate list” species. Identification techniques will be described and demonstrated.
Special thanks to our March presenter, Heather Holm, and everyone who joined us for a fun and immensely informative program!