Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 15, 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.

HOME IS WHERE THE HABITAT IS:
Establishing Native Plants and Gardens in Your Yard

Hannah Texler
DNR Plant Ecologist, and 
Vera Ming Wong, Artist


Hannah will describe how she converted the turf grass in her St. Paul yard to a diverse mix of gardens that include native prairie and woodland gardens, rain gardens, and fruit and vegetable gardens.  

Vera will talk about creating watercolor paintings of those gardens and her work as a botanical artist.
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DESIGN WITH NATURE CONFERENCE REMINDER:

GOOD DESIGN MATTERS


Saturday, February 20, 2016
James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall, Anderson Student Center, St. Paul Campus
University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul MN 55105

Register before midnight January 28th and save $15! 

Speakers include:
Heather Holm
Native Bees: Their Role as Pollinators of Native Plants and Cultivated Blueberries
Benjamin Vogt
Gardening for Winter
Chris Behringer and Arlyss Freeman
BioHavens - A Tale of Beauty and Biology
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And in case you missed January's meeting, here's a helpful handout from Carmen Simonet's workshop to help you sow your own native seeds this winter!



Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Native Plant Winter Sowing and Seed Exchange
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
7pm - 8:45pm
(socializing and setup begins at 6:30pm)
Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield, MN

Join us for our third annual native plant seed exchange and winter seed sowing project. Carmen Simonet, landscape architect and native plant enthusiast will start the evening off with a presentation on growing native plants from seed. 

We'll have soil, seed and the other tools needed for this project but if you have seed harvested from your garden bring some to share - please have marked with common and Latin name. Also bring containers (clean empty large size yogurt container with lid or something similar). See you in January!
Next Meeting: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2015
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm | Set-up and Social
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm | Potluck Dinner, Meeting and Program
Wood Lake Nature Center | Richfield 

6710 Lake Shore Dr S, Richfield, MN 55423

All meetings are free and open to the public.


Potluck Dinner, Annual Membership Meeting and Program, featuring Youth and Native Gardening Projects


Please join us for our Annual Board Meeting and Potluck Dinner!


Kris Martinka, Seeds for Education coordinator, will begin our program with a discussion about the value of youth education and native gardening, introducing guest students from the Clara Barton School, who will share their experiences working on their SFE project, and members of Girl Scout Troop 12974, who will present their Silver Pollinator Award Project completed this year at the Minnesota River Valley Izaak Walton League property.    



The Minnesota River Valley Izaak Walton League site before and after (below) Erin and Faith Devery and Madison List planted a native pollinator garden. More plants will be added in the spring.