Twin Cities Wild Ones

Native Plant Garden Tours 


Native Plant Rain Gardens

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Lutheran Church of Christ Redeemer
5440 Penn South Minneapolis, Mn. 55410 
click here for map

Guide: Laurie Bruno, Master Naturalist

This garden was planted in the fall of 2014. The garden is the capstone project for Master Water Stewards Joan Freese and Laurie Bruno. Costs for this rain garden were around $500.00 plus in kind labor by congregation members. The cash costs were reimbursed by a cost share grant from the Minnehaha  Creek Watershed District with in kind labor balancing the out of pocket costs. 

The original plan listed 16 different native plants. Several additional natives have been added in subsequent years.
At the end of the first year a storm water credit was applied for. This was eventually approved and is currently saving this congregation about $600 per year.

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church Linden Hills
2914 W 44th St Minneapolis, MN 55410 
click here for map

Guide: Dottie Dolezal

3 separate areas on the parish grounds-

1.Two rain gardens and a bioswale were installed in 2014 with assistance from Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (and many, many church bake sales!). It is planted predominately with native plants and maintained by the church’s garden club. These rain gardens manage storm water on the parish’s property, prevent erosion, capture runoff allowing it to seep slowly into the ground and protect Minnehaha Creek and Lake Harriet by filtering pollutants from the storm water. These gardens qualify for storm water abatement credits from Minneapolis and within the next two years, this monthly credit will have paid off the cost of the garden. Design work by Nature’s Edge Designs.

2.This summer, a nonnative hedge by the parking lot was removed and the church garden club planted an oak savanna with predominately native plants. Oak savanna was the original habitat in south Minneapolis. It is certified as a Monarch Waystation. 3 baby oak trees were planted by Wetland Habitat, Minneapolis’s partner in greening the city.

3.Formerly a thick thistle patch in the lower parking lot corner, became a small prairie garden, planted approximately 8 years ago. As the linden tree grows, the garden will gradually become a shade garden.

Thanks to everyone who attended our June and July tours, and hope to see you all in August! 


Next Meeting: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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.


Dr. Lee E. Frelich

Director, The University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology  

Understory plant communities in Big Woods (maple, basswood and oak) forests were historically lush with high species richness. In recent decades, these plant communities have become highly degraded by high deer populations, invasive earthworms and invasive plants. Slow growth rates of native plants due to low light levels in even-aged forests and lack of seed sources are further complications. Although some species probably cannot tolerate the presence of European earthworms and may require special conservation strategies, restoration of lush native plant communities is possible and strategies for doing so will be discussed.
Empty understory in Partch Woods Scientific and Natural Area.



11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Welna II Hardware, on the boulevard
2201 E Franklin, Minneapolis 


Twin Cities Wild Ones

Native Plant Garden Tours 


10:00 am 
Donna’s House, Front and back
4341 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis 
click here for map

Cabin retreat in the city, includes patio, woods, sunny meadow, food production in containers integrating into sunny meadow..

DESIGN BY TRUE NATURE DESIGN ROXANNE STUHRRoxanne is a certified member of the Minnesota Landscape and Nursery Association, member of Wild Ones / Sierra club

11:15 am 
Sandra’s House, Front and Back
4604 Aldrich Ave S, Minneapolis
click here for map

Sandra will talk about her native yard in transition (below). She has native trees and shrubs in a tiny back yard (river birch, pagoda dogwood, white snowberry, glossy black chokeberry and bush honeysuckle.) Two rain gardens and boulevard garden in front.  Sandra is a member of Twin Cities Wild Ones and Master Naturalist. 

June 28, 2017 WEDNESDAY

4:00-5:00 pm   
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
2522 Marshall Street NE, Minneapolis
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We will learn about the living laboratory on the Mississippi cooled by geothermal and powered by solar.    
Meet at 3:45 in learning center 5-8 free canoe rides on river. 

July 12, 2017 WEDNESDAY

3804 Cedar Lake Place, Minneapolis click here for map
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Guide: Douglas Owens Pike,
Guest Peter Original Designer of Cedar Meadows Restoration
Come be inspired!
Here’s an opportunity to see early stage of entry transformation from standard, non-native invasive shrubs to all native shrubs, forbs, and grasses. A client of Douglas Owens-Pike, whom he’s worked with since 1997 at another site (2324 Oliver), the back yard of this new site was graded for lawn inside the fence.  Outside are rough piles of fill, including exposed chunks of concrete, colonized by boxelder.  Yet, there are gems like a clump of wahoo that survived the fill and a drainway dug next to it.  We’ve been working to restore native diversity into this industrial waste for the past several years. 
Hoping to stop at nearby wetland restoration between France Ave. and Cedar Lake.  An area that had been mowed lawn is now filtering street runoff that had been polluting the Minneapolis chain of lakes.  Water clarity dramatically improved in just a few years following the installation of the wetland natural filtration system in 1996.
“Public education campaigns have seen an over 50 percent reduction in pesticides in stormwater runoff from the contributing watershed. Alum treatments have locked up the accumulated historical phosphorus in lake sediments and treatment ponds have resulted in the reduction of new phosphorus loading into the system. Stormwater treatment ponds range from a 25 percent removal rate to a 66 percent removal rate and measurable changes have been seen in a relatively short period of time.” 
See more about this project at the Minnesota Stormwater Manual.

For more information on native plant garden tours, please call Jan Coleman (612) 804-2086 or Jim Coleman (612) 804-1307


Special thanks to everyone who participated in our annual native plant sale!


In remembrance of extraordinary Wild Ones member and Nokomis Naturescape Gardeneer KRIS MARTINKA, who passed away on May 24th and will be missed greatly by us all. 

Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 16, 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.


Tracking Nature's Cycles and Seasons in a Changing Climate
Dr. Rebecca Montgomery 

Dr. Montgomery, professor in the University of Minnesota’s Forest Resources department, explores how nature’s calendar tells us about changes in the environment due to climate change. Her field research on phenology of Midwest trees and herbs will be shared, inviting participation in observing phenology as part of a new art/science collaborative. 

Join us for a spring walk at Wood Lake Nature Center from 5:45-6:30!

Tuesday, May 16th is the last day to place your order for our 2017 Native Plant Sale!!!

You can submit your order and payment at the meeting tonight at Wood Lake Nature Center (6:30-8:30 pm),
or drop it off today at Welna II Hardware, 2201 E. Franklin, Minneapolis between 8 am and 6:45 pm today, Tuesday May 16th.

Check out the beautiful and purposeful collections we have put together for this year, including a brand new butterfly host collection, butterfly food plants, boulevard, prairie, and woodland flats. We are also offering individual favorites, including native forbs, grasses, ferns, and shrubs. Click here for the order form.

Be sure to stop by for even more Native Plants donated by Wild Ones members, available at the plant sale Pick-Up:
Sunday, May 21, 2017, 
from noon until 3 pm
4009 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis
(next to Visual Expressions)

If you cannot make the scheduled pickup, please call our message center at 612-293-3833 or send an email to our sale coordinator,

Also see the 2017 Native Plant Sale page for the growing selection of native plant signs to identify and educate with your native plant garden! They will be available for sale at the May meeting, as well as at the pick up site for our Native Plant sale.

If you will be donating native plants from your garden for the 2017 plant sale, please label each pot with both the common and Latin names, or email Holley Wlodarczyk with that information by Saturday, May 20th.

And... in case you missed the fun and informative April Table Topics meeting, you can catch up on some of the vital information shared just in time for spring planting!

Vicki Bonk: Attracting Pollinators to Your Yard Using Native Plants and Spring and Fall Habitat Garden Care for Pollinator Conservation 
Nathalie Shanstrom: Converting Lawns to Native Plant Landscapes: Basic Steps
More coming soon!