Native Plant Garden Tours for Seven Dollars

Sunday July 27, 2014, 11am - 4 pm

Map updated 7/16
Tour seven suburban yards that showcase the use of native plants in woodlands, prairies, boulevard gardens, rain gardens and lakeshore restorations. Tour locations are in the southwest metro including gardens in Wayzata, Minnetonka, Eden Prairie and Chaska.

Tickets available for purchase at 3 of the 7 tour sites or at a local Wild Ones event. Tour tickets can be purchased in advance at the Wild One's table, Pollinator Party on July 24th. More info at Pollinator Party.

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Hope to see you there!

June 7, 2014 Landscape Revival: Native Plant Expo and Market Sponsored by The St. Paul Audubon Society and Tours of Native Yards in Merriam Park

After you visit the Native plant celebration and sales in Roseville’s Landscape Revival,  join us for two free tours organized by the Twin Cities Chapter of Wild Ones!

Tours of Native Yards in Merriam Park

Tour 1: 10:30 - 11:30 355 Cleveland Ave North, St. Paul.
Susan and Paul Damon will welcome visitors on a tour of their well-established yard planted entirely in natives. A limited number of native plants will be available free to those who come early.

Tour 2: 11:45 - 12:45 one block west, corner of Carroll Ave and Finn.
Landscape designer Meredith Cooley will lead a tour of a native garden in its 4th season. You can see some areas as they transition from original plantings.

Summer Tuesdays at NOKOMIS NATURESCAPE, Lake Nokomis
Meet at the Nokomis Naturescape Tuesday evenings in the summer,
6pm - 8pm.

Encouraging People to Connect with Nature by Growing Native Plant Gardens
The Nokomis Naturescape (NN) is the Wild Ones Twin Cities adopted native plant landscaping project. The NN is a 4-acre native planting, provides a model of sustainable landscaping, is an official Monarch Waystation and National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat site. Located on Lake Nokomis at 5001 East Nokomis Parkway, Minneapolis 55417, the NN is part of the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board system. Share and expand your native plant enthusiam by gardening here. We do meet most Tuesdays, May – September from 6-8pm.

To volunteer or receive event emails, contact Vicki Bonk at 612-727-3562 or
Gardening at the Water's Edge
Speaker: Samuel Geer, reGen Land Design

This presentation will introduce shoreline gardening as a new approach to improving shorelines that prioritizes the importance of aesthetic beauty and the ecological benefits that are provided by plantings at the water’s edge.  By viewing shoreline spaces as gardening opportunities, it is possible to design beautiful gardens that appeal to a wide range of property owners, but also increase biodiversity, treat stormwater runoff, and prevent erosion.  The presentation will detail garden design alternatives to turfgrass or native restoration plantings that can be adapted to work with a diverse array of site conditions and owner preferences. 

Samuel Geer is a landscape designer and planner who focuses on sustainable site planning and resilient landscape design.

May 20, 2014
Tuesday, 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
(socializing and setup begins at 6:30 pm)