Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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.


An Urban Oasis 

Landscape Gardening with Native Plants

Jeremy Mayberg

In 2003, Marty Rice, one of the founders of Wild Ones Twin Cities Chapter hired Eric Olson of Outback Nursery to design and assist her in the conversion of her backyard into a native garden. In December 2007 Marty and her husband Jeff sold their home to Jeremy and Amy-Ann Mayberg. Concerned the new owners might plow the garden down and replant a lawn, she and Jeff called upon the new owners the day they moved in, and over coffee and muffins she told them of Wild Ones and the garden of native plants out back.  She urged them to experience one growing season before doing anything in the garden.  Marty’s passion for native plants was infectious, Jeremy caught the bug and has been the steward of this magnificent urban oasis for the last eleven years. He now sits on the Board of Wild Ones Twin Cities and is the Program Chair of this year’s Design with Nature Conference.  The garden has been featured in Lynn Steiner’s Prairie Style Gardens, Evelyn Hadden’s Beautiful No Mow Lawns and was featured as one of the 2017 Twin Cities Best Gardens by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. A retired architect and accomplished photographer, Jeremy will present his approach to creating an urban oasis through landscaping gardening with native plants. 


Rewilding in Stages: 
Converting Lawn to Native Garden 
via Sheet Mulching 

Andy Scott

When Andy and his partner purchased their home, the yard was a barren plot of struggling exotic shrubs, patchy turf grass, and not much else. Fast forward 7 years and the 1/4 acre yard in Bloomington, MN is now home to numerous species of native woodland and prairie plants. His gardens are strictly composed of only plants native to North America, including 6 species of Milkweed. Different approaches were utilized to create the new garden beds, but sheet mulching (the technique of smothering turf grass with a thick material like cardboard) worked quickly and efficiently to establish new beds and start the process of cultivating healthy soil. These new habitat gardens contain host plants for valuable insect life (including numerous Monarch larva each year), and food and cover for birds. Andy will showcase before and after images and explain the process of converting lawn-to-garden that illustrates anyone can do it.

Bring native plant seed for the 

Please label seeds by BOTH common AND botanical/Latin names
(example: Butterfly Milkweed - Asclepias tuberosa
Also include the source of you native seed if known. Thank you!

Wondering what to do with the native plant seed you collected
—or when? Try...

Everyone is welcome to attend
Wild Ones Twin Cities Quarterly Board Meetings!

Come take part in shaping your chapter
Wild Ones is a non-profit, volunteer organization, and there are many participation and leadership opportunities. Please consider sharing your time, expertise and enthusiasm in furthering our mission of building native plant habitat, one garden at a time!

Our next WOTC Board Meeting is on 
Monday, January 7, 2019, 
1:30-3:30 pm 
at Augsburg Park Library
7100 Nicollet Ave, Richfield, MN 55423

Wild Ones Minnesota Presents the 

Saturday, February 16, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM CST

University of St. Thomas
James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall, Anderson Student Center
2115 Summit Ave (at Cretin), St. Paul, Minnesota 55105

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Ph.D  
Michael Lynch 
Larry WeanerASLA
and a
Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation


Conference Registration closes February 2nd.