January 15, 2019  
Member Garden Showcases: 
Andy Scott – Transforming Lawn to Habitat Over Five Growing Seasons, and 
Jeremy Mayberg – An Urban Oasis:Landscape Gardening with Native Plants

March 19, 2019 
Not Your Mother's Garden: Adding Native Diversity
Bonnie Harper-Lore, Ecologist and Author 

April 16, 2019 
8th Annual Table Topics, featuring Local Native Plant and Landscaping Experts

May 21, 2019 
Water in the Landscape: Design Considerations for Storage and Use 
Dan Peterson, Landscape Designer and Ecologist, Habadapt



Gardeneering Information (2018 information here)

NN Gardeneer Coordinators are: 
Vicki Bonk, 612-232-8196, 
  • Regular group gardening sessions begin in May at 6-8 pm on most Tuesday evenings.
  • The meeting time of group gardening sessions changes in late August to 5-7 pm.
  • Gardening is weather permitting - light rain, some heat or cold is fine but with any extreme, a gardening cancellation notice will be emailed to group day of session.


July 14, 2018 | 10:15 am to 2:00 pm
Native Landscaping in Mendota Heights

Addresses and directions will be given out at the first stop on the tour: 
1704 Vicki Lane, Mendota Heights, MN 55118

#1 | Leslie Pilgrim

For nearly seven years, this 1/2 acre yard has been slowly transitioned from a conventional to a native landscape. Approximately 75% of the vegetation is now native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees. Most lawn has been removed and replaced with vegetation or mulch. The home is circled by various gardens including two "unmanicured" native gardens, a formally landscaped hillside in the backyard, as well as wooded sideyards. Sprinkled throughout the property is whimsical artwork, water sources for birds, and windchimes.

#2 | Kraus Native Landscape

When we began talking nearly a decade ago about plans for an addition to our house, we knew that changes to our back yard would also be needed to make room for the new space.  This presented an opportunity to replace our functional, yet unappealing concrete-block retaining wall filled with non-native trees, shrubs, and landscaping stones with something more in keeping with our natural Minnesota landscape.  The desire was to create an outdoor space that evoked images of the North Shore and included native grasses and forbs found here in northern Dakota County.

When the home addition was finally completed seven years ago we hired a professional landscaping company to install the hardscape for our yard, which includes a rock wall built with large boulders from a quarry in Dresser, WI (i.e. “Dresser trap rock” boulders), a circulating stream that runs through one end of the rock wall, and a brick paver patio between the rock wall and the house.  We also took the opportunity to build a small rain garden in one side yard to help retain and filter water from our eaves troughs and sump pump discharge.

A year after the addition was completed we began work on the design and installation of the native plantings with the help of Tennant Landscaping (located in Hastings, MN).  Plants were selected to include a mixture of different sizes, textures, colors and bloom times, as well as to attract a variety of birds, insects, and other native critters.  The earliest plants begin blooming soon after the snow disappears (Prairie Smoke), and the last disappear just as the ground begins to freeze (Aromatic Aster and Sky Blue Aster).  In between we enjoy a wide variety of flowering plants (Wild Lupine, Swamp and Butterfly Milkweed, Joe Pye Weed, Pale Purple and Purple Coneflower, Prairie Coreopsis, Fireweed, White Wild Indigo, Rattlesnake Master, Rough and Meadow Blazingstar, among others) and grasses (Prairie Dropseed and Little Bluestem).

Care of the yard begins each spring with the clearing of the previous year’s dead plants once the first shoots of green begin to appear from the plant bases.  (Dead plants are left in place during the fall and winter, both as a source of food and habitat for insects and animals and because they add visual appeal to the wintery landscape.)  Now several years post-installation, maintenance mostly includes weeding (a job that recurs throughout the growing season) and annual or biannual application of hardwood mulch.  It took about two years for the plants to get fully established, but now that they have matured our two biggest challenges (besides the weeds) are keeping more successful species from dominating others and replacing certain species that have been lost to hungry rabbits (Prairie Phlox, Oxeye, and Prairie Clover have been particularly hard hit).  We did install a drip-line irrigation system when the rock wall was installed, but this was only used during the first summer that the plants were installed.

It has been a labor of love to create and tinker with the native spaces in our back yard, and our appetite for adding to them grows each year.  It has been a source of great fun and learning for our entire family.  We hope you’ll enjoy spending time in our native garden as much as we do!

# 3 | Sue Light

The garden is situated on a lot behind the house that starts at the house and slopes toward a small lake. In the summer of 2012, the homeowner decided to convert a conventional garden to a native garden for the health of the lake.  She was also tired of the labor involved in maintaining a conventional garden on a slope. 6 years later it is a beautiful, lower maintenance garden with many more beneficial insects and even a few new bird species visitors. Part of the garden is sunny and part is in shade, so the spring highlights the woodland garden and the sunny, prairie plants shine in the summer.

Invasive plants such as buckthorn and reed canary grass have always been a challenge, and in 2017 a new invasive, Japanese Hedge Parsley was found in the sunny areas of the garden. Time spent managing these invasive plants and other garden chores averages about one or two hours/week during the growing season.  Since 2012 no supplemental water, fertilizer or soil amendments have been needed.

Saturday, June 30 | 10:30 am to Noon 
Sustainable Yard & Home - Come to be inspired!

4136 5th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55409

Join native plant and pollinator expert Dave Crawford and homeowner and designer Chris Burda for a walk through a yard landscaped to support native habitat and a home designed for aging in place. Arrive promptly at 10:30 for an overview of the homeowner’s mission to integrate sustainability and accessibility, followed by informal conversations about the native plants and pollinators and a tour of stormwater management practices at work. 

Guide through Native Yard: Dave Crawford, Volunteer Naturalist
Dave Crawford will share his knowledge of the native yard, his holistic philosophy and suggestions for keeping plants and pollinators happy. His stunning photographs of pollinators will fascinate you. Dave and his wife Diane, who are currently building a home that is sustainable and designed for aging in place, will have their architecture and landscape plans on hand for those interested in the process.

“Dave is one of the most talented and committed people I know who are working to improve native plant diversity in our landscapes, both urban and in our MN State Parks. His own yard is a living example of how to allow huge diversity of natives to thrive both front and back. He has basically eliminated mowing any lawn. Even though he lives on dry sand he doesn't have to irrigate. He holds regular garden parties to bring neighbors and friends together to see up close how easy and beautiful this can be. He is inspiring other State Park Naturalists to work with volunteers to collect seed and help expand the restoration of natives within formerly disturbed park lands.” 
—Douglas Owens-Pike, Project Manager of Sustainable Lawncare Training and Crew Oversight at Metro Blooms and author of “Beautifully Sustainable”, a realistic Guide to Sustainable Landscaping

Tour of Stormwater Management Practices and Universal Design Features: Chris Burda, Homeowner &  Designer
Chris Burda will offer a tour of water management features designed to keep stormwater on the property in accordance with goals of the City of Minneapolis and with Minnesota GreenStar Certification. She turned to Metro Blooms and to Douglas-Owens Pike for guidance and implementation of a landscape plan that she describes as a project-in-constant-progress. It combines mostly natives with a few treasured non-natives from Mom and Grandma. Her goal to integrate an energy efficient building, sustainable landscape and universal design was not without challenges. She’ll share a few lessons learned and the joys of friendships made along the way. It takes a community.

Chris is an exhibit developer and designer serving museums, educational non-profits and community groups, translating ideas into fun and accessible indoor and outdoor experiences. Long time staffer with the Science Museum of Minnesota, she now works independently, currently with the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis and with the Virtual Science Center in San Jose. She helps people change the world, one space at a time. As a Board member with Minnesota Renewable Energy Society she advocates for clean energy as one way to fight climate change. 

Friday, June 8 | 3:00 pm
Tour native plants on the Roof of City Hall 

350 S 5th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415             
Meet at the City Hall Rotunda  

Tour by Nathalie Shanstrom 
Registered Landscape Architect
Pasque Ecological Design and Consulting, LLC

Established: 2008

Purpose: stormwater management, extend roofing membrane lifespan. 
Plants include 43 species of native plants, including Jacob’s ladder, Cranesbill, Columbine, large leaved aster, partridge pea.       

Benefits of Native Roof: stormwater management, wildlife       

Evidence of pollinators and birds: lots of pollinators and other insects observed.

The green roof at the Minneapolis City Hall and Courthouse building is buzzing with honeybees, thanks to a donation from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, which donated the bees from its own apiaries.

The project will serve as a demonstration green roof for residents and businesses considering starting their own green roof projects. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017 

Join us for a tour with Douglas Owens-Pike at Otter Creek Ridge!

Since 2010, Douglas and Suzanne Owens-Pike have been creating a unique sustainable home at their 80-acre retreat in Wisconsin, 90 minutes due east of Minneapolis. Their innovative, net-zero house is designed to produce all the energy they need, to require the least possible maintenance, and to reflect their intention to live in harmony with other animals who share the land.

Starting with this initial pilot session, Days with Douglas will be a series of visits to Otter Creek Ridge, to learn about his vision and values, the specialized passive solar design of their homestead (including his “Greenawnings” ™), the plantings, raingardens, paths, labyrinth, and the spiritual and philosophical aspects of their adventure and commitment at Otter Creek. Future Days with Douglas will explore these themes in greater detail and provide opportunities for visitors to help Douglas and Suzanne achieve their vision during workdays, focus groups, strolls and conversations.

Join us on this introductory Day with Douglas, as he guides visitors on a personalized tour and explains the decisions he is making to honor, shape and manage the land in ways that are consistent with living collaboratively with Nature. Anyone interested in sustainable living and native landscapes is welcome!

Bring your lunch and stay for as long as you like! Enjoy the woods, the house and gardens, and more. Bathe in the forest and walk the labyrinth as you learn about renewable energy and sustainable living.

Please RSVP at the Facebook event.
For more information and for directions to the Otter Creek homestead, post on the Facebook event or send an email to mailto:Douglas@EnergyScapes.comx

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Native Plant Rain Gardens
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Lutheran Church of Christ Redeemer
5440 Penn South Minneapolis, Mn. 55410 
Guide: Laurie Bruno, Master Naturalist
This garden was planted in the fall of 2014. The garden is the capstone project for Master Water Stewards Joan Freese and Laurie Bruno. Costs for this rain garden were around $500.00 plus in kind labor by congregation members. The cash costs were reimbursed by a cost share grant from the Minnehaha  Creek Watershed District with in kind labor balancing the out of pocket costs.
The original plan listed 16 different native plants. Several additional natives have been added in subsequent years.
At the end of the first year a storm water credit was applied for.
This was eventually approved and is currently saving this congregation about $600 per year.
11:15 am - 12:00 pm
St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church Linden Hills
2914 W 44th St Minneapolis, MN 55410 
Guide: Dottie Dolezal
3 separate areas on the parish grounds-
1.Two rain gardens and a bioswale were installed in 2014 with assistance from Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (and many, many church bake sales!). It is planted predominately with native plants and maintained by the church’s garden club. These rain gardens manage storm water on the parish’s property, prevent erosion, capture runoff allowing it to seep slowly into the ground and protect Minnehaha Creek and Lake Harriet by filtering pollutants from the storm water. These gardens qualify for storm water abatement credits from Minneapolis and within the next two years, this monthly credit will have paid off the cost of the garden. Design work by Nature’s Edge Designs.
2.This summer, a nonnative hedge by the parking lot was removed and the church garden club planted an oak savanna with predominately native plants. Oak savanna was the original habitat in south Minneapolis. It is certified as a Monarch Waystation. 3 baby oak trees were planted by Wetland Habitat, Minneapolis’s partner in greening the city.
3.Formerly a thick thistle patch in the lower parking lot corner, became a small prairie garden, planted approximately 8 years ago. As the linden tree grows, the garden will gradually become a shade garden.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

3804 Cedar Lake Place, Minneapolis click here for map
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Guide: Douglas Owens Pike,
Guest Peter Original Designer of Cedar Meadows Restoration
Come be inspired!
Here’s an opportunity to see early stage of entry transformation from standard, non-native invasive shrubs to all native shrubs, forbs, and grasses. A client of Douglas Owens-Pike, whom he’s worked with since 1997 at another site (2324 Oliver), the back yard of this new site was graded for lawn inside the fence.  Outside are rough piles of fill, including exposed chunks of concrete, colonized by boxelder.  Yet, there are gems like a clump of wahoo that survived the fill and a drainway dug next to it.  We’ve been working to restore native diversity into this industrial waste for the past several years. 
Hoping to stop at nearby wetland restoration between France Ave. and Cedar Lake.  An area that had been mowed lawn is now filtering street runoff that had been polluting the Minneapolis chain of lakes.  Water clarity dramatically improved in just a few years following the installation of the wetland natural filtration system in 1996.
“Public education campaigns have seen an over 50 percent reduction in pesticides in stormwater runoff from the contributing watershed. Alum treatments have locked up the accumulated historical phosphorus in lake sediments and treatment ponds have resulted in the reduction of new phosphorus loading into the system. Stormwater treatment ponds range from a 25 percent removal rate to a 66 percent removal rate and measurable changes have been seen in a relatively short period of time.” 
See more about this project at the Minnesota Stormwater Manual.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

4:00-5:00 pm   
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
2522 Marshall Street NE, Minneapolis
We will learn about the living laboratory on the Mississippi cooled by geothermal and powered by solar.    
Meet at 3:45 in learning center 5-8 free canoe rides on river. 

Donna’s House, Front and back
10:00 am 
4341 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis 
Cabin retreat in the city, includes patio, woods, sunny meadow, food production in containers integrating into sunny meadow..
DESIGN BY TRUE NATURE DESIGN ROXANNE STUHRRoxanne is a certified member of the Minnesota Landscape and Nursery Association, member of Wild Ones / Sierra club
Sandra’s House, Front and Back
11:15 am 
4604 Aldrich Ave S, Minneapolis
Sandra will talk about her native yard in transistion. She has native trees and shrubs in a tiny back yard (river birch, pagoda dogwood, white snowberry, glossy black chokeberry and bush honeysuckle.) Two rain gardens and boulevard garden in front.  Sandra is a member of Twin Cities Wild Ones and Master Naturalist. 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Crex Meadows Member Only Tour
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday August 13, 2016 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Twin Cities Chapter has arranged for a tour, guided by Kim Wheeler, of Crex Meadows Wildlife Area near Grantsburg, WI. Carpools will be arranged for transportation to and from Crex Meadows visitor center, where we will board a school bus to travel to various sites within the large, natural area. Cost for this tour is $15 (covers bus and guide) plus shared cost for transportation per person ($10 for each passenger in carpool). Carpools will leave Minneapolis around 7:30 am, return time may vary, depending on driver and lunch option. Lunch is not included, but there are several options in Grantsburg or you can bring a lunch. If you have questions, please contact Jan Coleman.
Limited number of seats available, reservations are required.
Tickets for the tour can be purchased here.
Must be a current member of Wild Ones. If you are not sure if your membership is current, contact the membership chair for your chapter. You may also purchase or renew a Wild Level ($37) Household Membership with your ticket. All those living in household are admitted as members. If you would like to join or renew at a higher level, visit
Note: Total cost to process your ticket via Eventbrite includes a processing fee. To avoid this fee, please reserve your ticket online and bring a check payable to Wild Ones day of the event.

Saturday, August 6, 2016   

South Minneapolis, Seward, Longfellow, Corcoran
The tour is free, pick up a tour map from
Mon Petit Cheri Cafe
2401 E Franklin Ave
beginning Friday afternoon until 7:00 pm.
Notice the Cafe boulevard plantings. Planted by WOTC members, they are salt, bike and pedestrian tolerant, yet have slowed traffic on Franklin Ave. when they attract swarms of monarchs that come to feed.
Tour 1 : Marilyn Jones’ Garden (co-chair TC Chapter)
10:00 am to 11:00 am
As a Mother's Day gift in 2008,  Marilyn's children removed the turf from the front yard, made a rain garden, and planted almost her entire yard in native plants.Then 5 years ago, the yard was declared an EPA superfund site (part of the arsenic triangle of South Minneapolis), and the EPA removed the natives, trees, and soil down 20 inches. Most of the yard has been replanted with natives.  Half the roof drains into a rain garden and half into rain barrels watering the new plants.Come see the rebirth of the yard!
Tour 2 : Common Ground Meditation Center 
10:30 am to 11:30 am
In keeping with Buddhist philosophy of non-harming, Common Ground is committed to minimizing their footprint on the earth. The site renovation removed most of the impervious surfaces, and included plantings of primarily native species. The extensive rain garden system contains runoff and provides on-site storm water infiltration.
Tour 3 : Liz and Bill Blood’s Garden
11:15 am to 12:30 pm
Bill and Liz have co-partnered a sunny yard with 100 prairie plants and 2 rain gardens. A curvilinear path thru the lush side yard leads to a labyrinth and water feature in the back yard.
Tour 4 : Julia Vanatta’s Yard (co-chair TC Chapter)
12:15 pm to 2:00 pm
Over the past 25 years, Julia’s small city lot has gradually changed from lawn and ornamental plants to paths, terraces and a diverse selection of native plants. The boulevard is nearly 100% native transitioning from part sun to full shade. Chilton rock terrace in front has a secret rain garden and shady back yard is a mostly naturalized woodland with two rain gardens. Side yard is still a work in progress, all gardens have remnant ornamentals.
Refreshments will be served for those who wish to linger, enjoy the peaceful back yard or look for visiting pollinators, including Rusty-Patched and Northern Yellow Bumblebees. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016 | Southwest Area Garden Tours

Jeremy Mayberg, May 2016

Tour 1 : Jeremy & Amy Mayberg’s Garden
10 am to 11:30 | 4501 Lakeview Dr, Edina MN 
Architect-designed as a series of circles, the well-established back
yard is 85% native and provides amazing displays in the home’s
natural landscape. Each year is recorded in a unique calendar. 
Tour 2 : Meleah Maynard’s Garden
12 Noon to 1:00 pm   | 4453 Washburn Ave S, Minneapolis MN 
This beautiful organic garden of a long-time Master Gardener is
half natives. Meleah co-wrote Decoding Gardening Advice with 
Jeff Gillman, and blogs at

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Douglas Owens-Pike's of EnergyScapes Private Residence
Come learn about natives in the shade and those wonderful sedges! 
Professional designer committed to nurturing native landscapes.

Saturday, June 25, 2016  |  South Minneapolis Garden Tours

Tour 1 : Vicki Bonk, Grow Monarch Habitat Coach's Garden
10:00 am to 11:00 am  |  5629 45th Ave, Minneapolis MN 
A Monarch Waystation in this National Wildlife Federation-certified Back Yard Habitat!  New: the Mandala Mirror sculpture by Richard,  featured at the MN Arboretum and at Silverwood. 
Tour 2 : Local Roots Landscapers Client Garden
11:15 am to 12:15 pm  |  3660 44th Ave S, Minneapolis MN 
Imagine a very shady yard, subject to soil erosion, transformed into areas of woodland and savanna, with rain gardens and over 500 natives among clusters of Montana boulders and rock cairns. 
Tour 3 : Nokomis East Gateway Garden Project
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm |  East 50th St & Hiawatha Ave
In 2010, land from the LRT was planted with natives, indigenous to 
this very region, including a Bur Oak to represent the Oak Savanna 
found here centuries ago. Gateway Gardens provides important host, 
nectar and habitat plants for Monarchs and a wide variety of two-legged, four-legged and winged guests!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016   

Tour of Patty's Garden at Energy Savers Insulation
Over 15 years the business owners have planted a variety of 
natives to transform the adjoining corner lot into a haven for bees, 
birds and other wildlife.

For more information on native plant garden tours, please call Jan Coleman (612) 804-2086 or Jim Coleman (612) 804-1307



SEPTEMBER 18, 2018

Endangered Pollinators: A Southeast Minnesota Perspective,
Scott Leddy, Restoration Practitioner
Wild Ones Twin Cities fall programming begins with a lovingly illustrated talk about the flora and pollinators of high quality remnant prairies in Rushford, Minnesota, and the Root River Valley with notable naturalist and restoration practitioner Scott Leddy.
A native of the area himself, Scott has been working more than three decades to restore Driftless Area sand and mesic prairies and bluffs (goat prairies), observing and photographing the native plants, pollinators and other insects that inhabit their different ecological niches.  Years of such observation reflect his deep interest in the interconnectivity between pollinators and the host plants they need to survive.

OCTOBER 16, 2018

Building More Resilient Yards: What You Can Do Now to Plan for the Next Growing Season 
Rich Harrison, Landscape Architect, Metro Blooms / Blue Thumb
Rich Harrison, a Registered Landscape Architect, is the director of Landscape Design at Metro Blooms.  Rich has been a Metro Blooms staff member for five years.  Rich will teach about natural processes, using an approach focused on how we can play a more responsible role living in the natural environment.  Rich will include his background and experience, learning and working for 25 years, designing landscapes for improved water quality.  He will also help you to assess your land to plan a more ecologically integrated landscape.  Rich's goals align closely with Wild Ones, restoring more life and diversity to our human-dominated world.  He recognizes on-site treatment of stormwater runoff is the best solution for reducing downstream pollution to save our precious water resources.  The audience will learn an abundance of tools and techniques to implement solutions to the problems with declining pollinator diversity that Scott Leddy enumerated at our September meeting.

NOVEMBER 13, 2018

Annual Member Meeting and Potluck Dinner, with
Jason Pruett, Arborist, Treehugger 
Tree Trimming Tips: What to Tackle in the Dormant Season
Young tree pruning is essential in the overall care and longevity of trees. It is an often overlooked process for both consciously planted and volunteer tree selections. It can be confusing to know what cuts to make. Yet, like a parent tenderly cares for a child, a tree needs ongoing care and guidance as it grows.  Jason will guide you through the various pruning techniques for young and veteran trees alike. Pruning topics discussed will include crown cleaning, thinning, reductions, raising, subordinations, and retrenchments. Actual young tree pruning will be demonstrated in the presentation.

MAY 15, 2018

Native Sedges and Grasses
Dustin Demmer, Blazing Star Gardens in Owatonna, MN 
Join the grass revolution! Learn how to combine the serenity of grasses and sedges with the visual punch of flowers in any garden. No longer seen as ornamental novelties, grasses are a crucial component in low maintenance gardens and an important source of food and habitat for pollinators. From garden recruits to designer Generals, everyone has a role to play in the sedge resistance.

APRIL 17, 2018
7th Annual Table Topics:
Native Plant Gardening 101
• Why Native Plants? 
• Site Evaluation and Garden Goals 
• Soil and Site Preparation 
• Plant Selection and Garden Design 
• Native Planting and Seeding 
• Garden Care and Maintenance

MARCH 20, 2018
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Florilegium
Marilyn Barber, The Minnesota School of Botanical Art
Come learn about this unique and growing visual historical record of flora found in the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary–established in 1907, it is the oldest public wildflower garden in the United States. The Minnesota School of Botanical Art is the co-sponsor of the Florilegium, which began in 2010.

JANUARY 16, 2018
Native Tree & Shrub Clinic:
Selection, Planting & Maintenance
Native Tree and Shrub Selection for a Changing Climate
Erik Olsen, Outback Nursery
Managing Healthy Public Space- Native Trees and Shrubs
Paul Buck, City of Plymouth Forester
From the Ground Up—Tips on Pruning and Timing
Jason Pruett, Treehugger Treecare

NOVEMBER 21, 2017
Annual Member Meeting and Potluck
A partnership roundtable featuring WOTC members 
Join us for an in-depth introduction to some of the local programs and organizations that allign with Wild Ones’ mission to educate the public about the benefits of preserving and restoring biodiversity of our native plant communities, beginning in our own yards and gardens. WOTC members will share their experiences working with affiliate groups—such as Audubon, Great River Greening, Humming for Bees, MN Master Gardeners, Naturalists and Water Stewards, MN Native Plant Society, Monarch Joint Venture, and Xerces Society. Panelists will further share the special knowledge and perspective they bring as Wild Ones working in the wider community.

OCTOBER 17, 2017
Katy Chayka & Peter M. Dziuk
For anyone who is interested in learning about Minnesota’s native or invasive plant species,  Katy Chayda and Peter Dziuk have developed one of the best online field guides of any state.  Find out how this online guide was started and how to search for plants, learn photography tips and view beautiful photos of rare/endangered and other plant species.

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
Dr. Lee E. Frelich
Director, The University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology
Understory plant communities in Big Woods (maple, basswood and oak) forests were historically lush with high species richness. In recent decades, these plant communities have become highly degraded by high deer populations, invasive earthworms and invasive plants. Slow growth rates of native plants due to low light levels in even-aged forests and lack of seed sources are further complications. Although some species probably cannot tolerate the presence of European earthworms and may require special conservation strategies, restoration of lush native plant communities is possible and strategies for doing so will be discussed.

MAY 16, 2017
Phenology and Citizen Science in Minnesota
Rebecca Montgomery
Dr. Montgomery, professor in the University of Minnesota's Forest Resources department, explores how nature's calendar tells us about changes in the environment due to climate change. Her field research on phenology of midwest trees and herbs will be shared, inviting participation in observing phenology as part of a new art/science collaborative.

APRIL 20, 2017 
Diamond Lake Lutheran Church • 5760 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis
Social 6:00-6:30 pm | Program 6:30-8:3- pm
5th Annual Table Topics with local experts on everything you want to know about gardening with native plants!
Table Topics is an opportunity to gather information and discuss a variety of topics--from site and soil preparation, plant selection, garden maintenance, creating wildlife habitat, and managing invasive species. Tables are hosted by local landscaping professionals or Wild Ones members with a depth of experience.

MARCH 21, 2017
Selecting Native Trees and Shrubs that Support Birds and Bees with Heather Holm 
Local author and pollinator expert Heather Holm discusses the habitat and food requirements of birds and bees, and which of the native trees and shrubs provide flowers for bees, and insects, seeds, or fruit for birds. She will also describe natural communities related to those native woody plants, and cover the range of influences that cue pollinator visits--flower structure, resources and phenology.

FEBRUARY 18, 2017
Are "Alien" Plants Bad?
Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware, Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, author of Bringing Nature Home
What id the Value of Biodiversity?
Forest Bell, UMN Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
The Nuts and Bolts of Selecting and Planting Trees
Nathalie Shanstrom, Pasque Ecological Consulting & Design

JANUARY 17, 2017
Native Plant Winter Sowing and Seed Exchange
Join us for a workshop led by Carmen Simonet of Carmen Simonet Design, and learn how to start your own native plants over the winter.

NOVEMBER 15, 2016
Annual Board Meeting and Potluck
Where the Wild Ones Have Gone: A Potluck Travelogue
Come tour spectacular native landscapes from the Midwest to Hawaii with Wild Ones members who will share beautiful photographs and experiences from their recent travels!

OCTOBER 18, 2016

Grow Native: Bringing Natural Beauty to Your Garden
Learn from author Lynn Steiner, whose latest book shows how to transform your yard into a beautiful landscape using native plants!

SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

A Walk through the Trespasser's Garden
Join us for an evening with award winning artist Emily Gray Koehler, who will share her work on The Trespasser's Garden, exploring the history and consequences of natural landscapes compromised by introduced invasive plants and animals!

MAY 17, 2016

Growing and Gathering Native Edible Plants
Wesley Nugteren, Seeking the Wild Naturalist
Come learn all about edible native plants you can grow, gather, and enjoy!

APRIL 19, 2016

4th Annual Native Landscaping Table Topics and Plant Sale Kickoff
Table Topics is an opportunity for new and returning native plant gardeners
to gather information and take part in discussions on a variety of topics.
Tables are hosted by landscaping professionals or WO members with a
depth of experience.

MARCH 15, 2016

Home Is Where the Habitat Is
DNR Plant Ecologist Hannah Texler described 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 Ming Wong talked about creating watercolor paintings of those gardens and her work as a botanical artist, and we were treated to a viewing of her original artwork.

FEBRUARY 20, 2016

2016 Design With Nature Conference
Good Design Matters 
Anderson Student Center, St. Thomas University2115Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN
Speakers included: 
Heather Holm, author of Pollinators of Native Plants, sharing her latest research on pollinators
Benjamin Vogt, eastern Nebraska prairie garden designer and owner of Monarch Gardens.
Chris Behringer, Behringer Designs, and Arlys Freeman, Midwest Floating Islands, who introduce their designs for innovative floating islands to create natural island landscapes.

JANUARY 19, 2016

Native Plant Winter Sowing and Seed Exchange
Our third annual native plant seed exchange and winter seed sowing project! Carmen Simonet, landscape architect and native plant enthusiast started the evening off with a presentation on growing native plants from seed. 

NOVEMBER 17, 2015

Annual Board Meeting & Potluck
Youth and Native Planting Project
Kris Martinka, Seed for Change grant coordinator, a parent, and students from
Clara Barton Open School shared their experience working on a S4C project.
Also, a Minneapolis Girl Scout troop leader and Girl Scouts members gave a presentation about their experience in seeding native plants and planting these in their gardens.

OCTOBER 20, 2015

A Conservation Biologist Ponders Moving Beyond the Documentation of Declines

Karen S. Oberhauser, Ph.D., 
Professor in the Dept. of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota

Karen described the amazing biology of migratory monarch populations, and the work of citizens and scientists in documenting monarch numbers at all stages of their migratory cycle. She then discussed threats to monarchs, and potential responses to these threats. Because conservation biology must be, at its essence, a science of hope, her focus was on positive changes as well as on the challenges.