Annual Membership Meeting - Tuesday, November 17, 2020


Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 7 pm

We are pleased to present our fall programs online, however, we will be limited to 100 participants for each presentation.  The November 17th meeting is our annual Membership Business meeting, and we will be electing chapter officers for 2021.  If you are a current member of Wild Ones Twin Cities, you will receive an email with registration information for this meeting.  The program presentation will be recorded and posted here and on our WOTC YouTube channel a few days afterward. Thank you!

Art & Nature  Naturally

A sampling of garden art made by Wild Ones Twin Cities  members


Reference image by Vicki Bonk

Richard Bonk 

MandalArt Healing Images

My current spiritual-art explorations have generated the MandalArt Healing Image process. As part of this tech- nique an “informational snapshot” is taken of a person or object. Original sources may be as varied as a sound or voice recording, writing sample, biofeedback or medical file, email, computer file, text, drawing or photo, which is then transformed into raw data in the computer, then run through a series of art filters, or layered until an archetypal pattern emerges. The resultant image is a unique aesthetic representation of the “parent.” This im- age can be “tweaked,” i.e., altering colors, forms, etc., to generate an energetic reaction or specific state of con- sciousness in its viewer, by-passing the inner cognitive judge to appeal more directly to intuitive aspects of self. In turn this process can encourage transformative insight and stimulate personal healing.

Marylyn Jones 

Wild Ones Twin Cities - Native Plant Signs

Designed with Doug Benson, these beautiful, durable and educational native plant signs help identify as well as promote use of native forbs, grasses, and shrubs in both public and private gardens. With 98 different species available, there is a sign to mark the planting of your habitat garden favorites, from spring blooming Pasque Flower (Anemone patens) and Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum), to mid-summer Monarch Butterfly must-haves like Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) and Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis), to late season stunners New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) and  Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa ).

Holley Wlodarczyk 
Garden Variety Art

Garden Variety Art began with my growing fascination with native plants and the wildlife they attract and support.  Planting just a few MN wildflowers, grasses, trees and shrubs invited a diversity of bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects into my yard.  After taking countless photos of these small but critical interactions happening all around me, I realized that native plants were ‘pretty useful things’ and started making images that attempt to express both the beauty and utility of habitat gardens. Over the last year I've been using the process of dye sublimation to print my photos and art patterns on a variety of items, including face masks, garden signs, coasters, magnets, jewelry, ornaments, and metal art panels. I'm currently working on a coloring book of designs illustrating the 'everyday nature' that can be enjoyed in our own yards when we plant native species.


In case you missed last month's program, you can view Karl Kloos'
 presentation here: 
The Natural Gardening Method: Creating gardens with minimal ecological footprint, low financial commitment, with maximum environmental benefit 

And we are very pleased to present the latest 

Winter 2021 issue of Wild Ones Reflections!

Thanks to Leslie Pilgrim, Andy Scott, Doug Benson, and everyone who contributed to the making of this beautiful and educational publication!


In Wild Ones Reflections, we tell the stories of people who are making change in their own yards, as well as their communities. We offer useful resources, creative ideas, and thoughtful answers to frequently asked nativescaping questions. We hope to connect with those of you we don't get to see often--either because of busy schedules or our new socially-distanced world. 

At Wild Ones our focus is to educate the public about the benefits of preserving and restoring biodiversity of our native plant communities, beginning in our own yards and gardens. We do this out of respect and hope for our shared planet.

As we head into the winter months and plan for a new season of growth and community in 2021, we express thanks to all of you and all you do to strengthen the biodiversity of this one beautiful planet we all share. Collectively, we can make an impact.

All the Best!
Wild Ones Twin Cities