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.

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.

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.



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

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!