October Program

Tuesday, October 19th, 2021

Social 6:30 pm | Program 7:00 pm 

Online Program - PLEASE REGISTER HERE

Creating Healthy Habitat for People and Wildlife

Presenter: Carmen Simonet


Plants spread, move around, sometimes grow larger than expected or disappear entirely. Learn how to work with the dynamic qualities of plant communities and natural processes to develop beautiful and sustainable gardens. In her presentation, Carmen Simonet will discuss plant selection (including some of her favorites), design layout, and developing landscapes overtime. 

Carmen Simonet is a landscape architect with a passion for creating environmentally friendly landscapes. She is the owner of Carmen Simonet Design LLC and has been in practice for over 25 years. Recent projects include consulting on the landscape design for a conservation development, design of a natural playscape for a child development center, developing an interpretive sign for an urban farm demonstration site, and residential gardens seeking to replace lawn with habitat. Carmen received her BLA and MS in landscape architecture from the University of Minnesota.

And in case you missed it, watch her presentation for our national Wild Ones organization here!

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Thanks to everyone who volunteers and visited us at the 

Minneapolis Monarch Festival!


This year Wild Ones had a couple of new publications, Native Garden Design and Gardening for Birds that are beautifully informative.


The Homegrown Habitat Tent was better than ever with Wild Ones Twin Cities, Neighborhood Greening (Leslie Pilgrim’s project, Pollination Press (Heather Holm), Re-Wild (Andy Scott’s landscape business), Soft Landings and Homegrown National Park display and Nokomis Naturescape


Mom and daughter looking at our guest monarch chrysalis. Gave us the opportunity to inspire awe and also address home rearing monarchs "do’s and don’ts” in a friendly way. We emphasis that what monarchs need most is habitat. Plant it! We had a number of Monarch Joint Venture fliers in both Spanish and English to hand out on this and other monarch-related subjects. 

Was indeed a wonder-filled day among good company! Not to mention the music, the art, the environmental/conservation exhibitors, the food, etc.!

BIG THANKS to all who helped that day and have helped garden through this year! We can’t do what we are doing without your volunteer spirit!
















Monarch Festival & September Program

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

Social 6:30 pm | Program 7:00 pm 

Online Program - PLEASE REGISTER HERE

Creating Pockets of Habitat with Native Plants

Presenter: Angie Hong

Learn how to create and nurture habitat on your land to support wildlife and protect local water resources. During this presentation, Angie Hong will discuss:

  • Which trees and shrubs are best for birds
  • How to enhance existing gardens to provide nectar for pollinators
  • “Cues for Care” to give your native gardens better curb appeal; and
  • Resources to help you get started

Angie Hong is the coordinator for Minnesota’s East Metro Water Resource Education Program, a local government partnership with 25 city, county and watershed organization partners. In her free time, she enjoys singing, competing in triathlons, and exploring the prairies, woods and waterways of the St. Croix Valley. She holds a M.S. degree in Natural Resources Science and Management with an emphasis on Environmental Education (UM Twin Cities, 2004) and a B.S. in Zoology (UW Madison, 2000). Read her tips and tales about keeping water clean at www.eastmetrowater.org.


13th Annual Monarch Festival 

Festival de la Monarca

Saturday, September 11th, 2021

10 am - 4 pm at Lake Nokomis


Want to volunteer at the Home Grown Habitat Tent during this year's Monarch Festival

See here for details and sign up!

The Festival celebrates the monarch butterfly’s amazing 2,300 mile migration from Minnesota to Mexico with music, food, dance, hands-on art, native plant sales and plenty of opportunities to get up close with monarch butterflies, learn about their habitats, and what you can do to make a difference.

Wild Ones Twin Cities, alongside the Nokomis Naturescape Gardeneers have been an essential mainstay at the Habitat Tent from the very beginning. 

The Festival will be held just east of the Nokomis Naturescape in the area bounded by E. Minnehaha Parkway, Woodlawn Boulevard, and E. Nokomis Parkway. This area is a shady mature bur oak grove.

Returning this fall...

Bare Root Clinic and Workshop

REGISTER HERE

We invite you to register and attend one of our upcoming Bare Root Study and Demonstration Clinics. In addition to learning how to bare root plants, clinics will cover Jumping Worm identification, early assessment and how to prevent introducing this invasive species to your garden. All events will be at the home of instructor, Julia Vanatta, unless otherwise noted.

Fall clinics will be held Fridays and Saturdays in South Minneapolis on the following dates: 

September 18, 24, 25; October 1 and 2.

Participants are asked to bring one or two plants from your garden to practice on*. Remove only excess soil, transport plants in a large container, such as a 5 gallon pail or large storage tub. We'll finish removing the soil from roots as part of the workshop. Any plants you bring must be completely contained when you arrive so as not to spill any soil. If you think you may have live worms, use a container with a tight lid.

If you do not have any plants to bring, no worries. we'll have extras. We prefer native plants but also are happy to work with any plant that you have from your garden.

You will receive an email from juliakay@winternet.com with additional instructions a prior to the clinic.

Each clinic is limited to 6 persons, will follow current outdoor protocols for masks and social distancing. Date will be cancelled in the event of severe weather or if no one has registered within 48 hours prior to scheduled clinic. A text or voice mail message may be sent if cancellation is on short notice.

August Tour & September Program

August 1st, 2021

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Tour of Andy Scott's Native Garden

Owner of ReWild Native Gardens, LLC

8418 DuPont Ave

Bloomington MN 55420


Andy and his husband moved to their home in east Bloomington 10 years ago and immediately began a methodical (ok - perhaps “slow”) process of converting the lawn and beds to native plantings. The goal has been to to create usable living and entertaining spaces that are beautiful but also support a myriad of insect and bird life. While there’s still room to grow, they now have diverse plantings that take advantage of various microclimates within the yard including a roadside prairie, dry shade woodland garden, and a small corner of the back yard dedicated to firefly habitat.



And please join us for our next program...

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

Social 6:30 pm | Program 7:00 pm

Creating Pockets of Habitat with Native Plants

Presenter: Angie Hong

Learn how to create and nurture habitat on your land to support wildlife and protect local water resources. During this presentation, Angie Hong will discuss:

  • Which trees and shrubs are best for birds
  • How to enhance existing gardens to provide nectar for pollinators
  • “Cues for Care” to give your native gardens better curb appeal; and
  • Resources to help you get started

Angie Hong is the coordinator for Minnesota’s East Metro Water Resource Education Program, a local government partnership with 25 city, county and watershed organization partners. In her free time, she enjoys singing, competing in triathlons, and exploring the prairies, woods and waterways of the St. Croix Valley. She holds a M.S. degree in Natural Resources Science and Management with an emphasis on Environmental Education (UM Twin Cities, 2004) and a B.S. in Zoology (UW Madison, 2000). Read her tips and tales about keeping water clean at www.eastmetrowater.org.

Please check back for details, but for our fall programs we are hoping to return to

Wood Lake Nature Center 

6710 Lake Shore Dr S, Richfield, MN 55423