Wild Ones Presents Nature's Best Hope by Dr. Doug Tallamy

While our spring and summer might not have been as filled with in-person Wild Ones chapter activities as we normally like, the current challenges present certain other opportunities to engage with each other near and far.  I am pleased to announce that Doug Tallamy's recent national program was recorded and can now be viewed here:

Wild Ones Presents Nature's Best Hope by Dr. Doug Tallamy

Please feel free to share this link with friends, family, colleagues, and anyone who would enjoy the great photos and wants to learn more about why we do what we do.  We hope this will encourage us all to plant even more native plants in our landscapes — if not for us, then for the birds!

Check back for upcoming program information, and thank you for your continued support of both our chapter and national organization.

The expansive native gardens of Marilynn Torkelson, President of our neighboring Wild Ones Prairie Edge Chapter, was recently featured in an article: Improving the environment one rain garden at a time: An Eden Prairie couple turned their turf lawn into a native plant haven.

Thank You for Supporting Wild Ones Twin Cities!

Huge thanks to everyone who participated in our 2020 Native Plant Sale!  Even as we had to significantly alter our usual operations to hold our annual fundraiser during the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone stepped up to make it our most successful year yet.  We were able to get over 10,000 native plants into habitat gardens around the Twin Cities. Thanks to everyone who purchased native plants! 

2020 Plant Sale Volunteers


Jeremy Mayberg
Eren Sutherland
Marilyn Jones
Dottie Dolezal
Andy Scott
Bill Shy
Julia Vanatta
Holley Wlodarczyk

Pre-Order Plant Sale

Volunteers at Princeton

Jeremy Mayberg
Marilyn Jones
Eren Sutherland (deliveries)
Andy Scott (sign)
Julia Vanatta
Laurie Bruno
Moira Olson
Sara Bergen
Jenifer Williams
Lori Andreen
Joelyn Malone

Special thanks to the staff at Prairie Restorations
Our plant sale space and volunteers at Prairie Restorations in Princeton, ready to fill orders!

Thanks to Julia for hosting
this year's donated plant sale!


Plant Donations

Sara Bergen
Vicki Bonk
Laura Brinkman
Roz Johnson
Dottie Doezal
Jeremy Mayberg
Leslie Pilgrim
Julia Vanatta
Holley Wlodarczyk

Donated Plant Sale Volunteers

Sub-committee / Leaders:  
Julia Vanatta (host)
Dottie Doezal  Bill Shy
Thanks to Bill & Dottie
for leading the donated plant sale!

Sales Staff:  
Dottie Doezal
Roz Johnson
Marilyn Jones
Leslie Pilgrim
Julia Vanatta

Bill Blood (staging)
Holley Wlodarczyk (signs)
Big River Big Woods (aprons)

Special thank you to neighbors
Paul, Alison and Lindsey for putting up with crazy
and helping with staging.
Some of the native plants donated by WOTC members for our 2020 sale

Wild Ones Twin Cities Donated and Rescued Native Plant Sale

Sale includes native plants donated, rescued or grown by our members. All proceeds go to support Wild ones Twin Cities educational programs.

Twin Cities Chapter of Wild Ones has hosted native plant sales or exchanges for nearly 20 years. Due to current social distancing protocols, this year's donated plant sale is a separate event, limiting number of participants to 3 individuals for each 30 minute time slot.

In addition to a selection of potted native plants, we'll have an abundant supply of Meadow Blazing Star (grown by a member from corms supplied by Minnesota Native Landscapes) and white paper birch logs that add both visual interest and insect habitat to a naturalized landscape.

Please register HERE for a ticket at a time when you will be able to attend
  • Thursday, June 11th from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Friday, June 12th from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, June 13th from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Plant Sale event is at a private residence in South Minneapolis, only ticketed attendees will be given the address.

Accept check or cash only. If paying by cash, please bring an assortment of small bills so we have minimal physical contact for cash transactions.


Accepting donations between Sunday May 24 and Saturday June 6.

Plants must be potted and labelled with common and botanical name.

If you have plants to donate, please send an email to wotcplantsale@gmail.com to arrange for a drop off appointment.

* indicates some multi packs

4     Common Yarrow •  Achillea millefolium
6 Anise Hyssop (verify) •  Agastache rugosa or foeniculum
3 Nodding Onion •  Allium cernuum
11  Wild Columbine •  Aquilegia canadensis
2 Wild Sarsaparilla •  Aralia nudicaulis
39 Jack in the Pulpit •  Arisaema triphyllum
1 White Sage •  Artemisia ludoviciana 
18 Wild Ginger •  Asarum canadense
7 Swamp Milkweed •  Asclepias incarnata
1 Common Milkweed •  Asclepias syriaca
7     Butterfly Weed •   Asclepias tuberosa
6     Whorled Milkweed •  Asclepias verticillata
1 Wild Senna •  Cassia hebecarpa  (midwest native not local to Minnesota)
3 Coreopsis •  Coreopsis palmata
3 Purple Coneflower (Eastern) •  Echinacea purpurea
4 Boneset •  Eupatorium perfoliatum
2 Spotted Joe-pye Weed •  Eutrochium maculatum
22 Sweet Joe Pye Weed •  Eutrochium purpureum
19 Wild Strawberry •  Fragaria virginiana
7 Wild Geranium •  Geranium maculatum
30 Prairie Smoke •  Geum triflorum
4     Blanketflower •  Gaillardia aristata
6     Sneezeweed •  Helenium autumnale
2 Smooth Oxeye •  Heliopsis helianthoides
8 Prairie Alumroot •  Heuchera richardsonii
8 Virginia Waterleaf •  Hydrophyllum virginianum
3 Jewelweed •  Impatiens pallida (annual)
58 Meadow Blazing Star •  Liatris ligulistylis  (grown from 5 year corms)
21 Gayfeather •  Liatris spicata  (Common Garden Center)
35 Canada Mayflower •  Maianthemum canadense
2 Starry False Solomon’s Seal •  Maianthemum stellatum
6 Bee Balm •  Monarda fistulosa
3     Foxglove Beardtongue •  Penstemon digitalis
9 Mayapple •  Podophyllum peltatum
7 Gray-headed Coneflower •  Ratibida pinnata
5* Brown Eyed Susan •  Rudbeckia triloba
3 Cup Plant •  Silphium perfoliatum
1 Prairie Dock •  Silphium terebinthinaceum (Midwest including W. Wisconsin and N. Iowa)
2 Zigzag Goldenrod •  Solidago flexicaulis
9 Heart-leaved or Blue Wood Aster •  Symphyotrichum cordifolium
6 Smooth Blue Aster •  Symphyotrichum laeve
1    New England Aster •  Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
5* Tall Meadow Rue •  Thalictrum dasycarpum
1* Early Meadow Rue •  Thalictrum dioicum
1 Spiderwort, Long-bracted •  Tradescantia bracteata  (hairy, most common in west)
3 Blue Vervain •  Verbena hastata
3 Culver’s Root •  Veronicastrum virginicum
13 Canada Violet •  Viola canadensis
11 Golden Alexander •  Zizia aurea

1 Ostrich Fern w/Jack in the pulpit •  Matteuccia struthiopteris

3 Big Bluestem •  Andropogon gerardii
1 Sweetgrass •  Anthoxanthum hirtum
1 Oval Sedge •  Carex brevior
4 Fox Sedge •  Carex vulpinoidea

1     Common Elderberry •  Sambucus canadensis
8 Western Snowberry or Wolfberry •  Symphoricarpos occidentalis 

3 Virgin’s Bower •  Clematis virginiana
2     Virginia Creeper •  Parthenocissus quinquefolia

1 Wood Pollinator Garden (Collection from our plant sale)

Background photo credit: Minnesota Native Landscapes

A BIG THANK YOU to Liz Stanley for a great presentation, and to Leslie Pilgrim for managing the Q&A!

Here is the list of resources from Giving Nature a Home, including a species list (in order of appearance).

And here is the complete Q&A from the presentation, where Liz has answered all questions posed during the chat.

I am pleased to announce that Liz's presentation is the first video on Wild Ones Twin Cities' brand new YouTube channel: click here or above to view!

This was our first Zoom meeting, and we appreciate everyone who joined us for this experiment.  We are currently working on how to conduct virtual and/or social distanced native plant garden tours, as well as our Fall Program Schedule.  Please check back here for the most up-to-date information. Thank You!