Find a Wild Ones Chapter Near You!

Look for other Minnesota chapter meetings in the calendar listings above...

WO-AH • Arrowhead (Duluth)
WO-BRBW • Big River Big Woods (Roseville/St. Paul)
WO-PE • Prairie Edge (Minnetonka)
WO-SC • St. Cloud
WO-SCOS • St. Croix Oak Savanna (Stillwater)
WO-TC • Twin Cities (Richfield/Minneapolis)

And welcome to our newest MN chapter:
WO-SCM • South Central Minnesota Seedling (Brown, Blue Earth, Cottonwood, Faribault, Martin, McLeod, Nicollet, Redwood, Renville, Sibley, Steele, Waseca, and Watonwan counties)


Wild Ones Twin Cities
2021 Programs

After over a year of meeting on Zoom, 
we plan to resume in-person meetings this fall at:
Wood Lake Nature Center, 6710 Lake Shore Dr S, Richfield, MN 55423
6:30 pm-7:00 pm  Social  |  7:00 pm-8:30 pm  Program
All meetings are free and open to the public!

OCTOBER 19, 2021
Carmen Simonet, owner of Carmen Simonet Design LLC

NOVEMBER 16, 2021
Annual Membership Mtg & Election of 2022 Officers

With few exceptions**, presentations on Zoom were recorded and are available for viewing on our website and YouTube channel.

Returning this fall...
Bare Root Clinic and Workshop
Fall clinics will be held Fridays and Saturdays in South Minneapolis on the following dates: 
September 18, 24, 25; October 1 and 2.
We invite you to register and attend one of our upcoming Bare Root Study and Demonstration Clinics. In addition to learning how to bare root plants, clinics will cover Jumping Worm identification, early assessment and how to prevent introducing this invasive species to your garden. All events will be at the home of instructor, Julia Vanatta, unless otherwise noted.

The Nokomis Naturescape Gardeneers have a new program in 2021: 
Native Plant Gardening Learn-Along

This is a mentoring opportunity where people newer to native plant habitat gardening can learn-alongside an experienced gardener (most Wild Ones Twin Cities members) with a couple of others. We’ll do the gardening chores that present themselves that week plus learn more about the plants and animal visitors (usually very small) we encounter.  Learn-along the growing season topics will be presented at the beginning of each session. These 15-30 minutes presentations will then be followed by hands-on gardening time.  



SEPTEMBER 21, 2021
"Creating Pockets of Habitat with Native Plants"
Angie Hong, coordinator for Minnesota’s East Metro Water Resource Education Program

MAY 18, 2021*
Tips for Starting Native Plants from Seeds
Nancy Schumacher, retired owner of The Vagary

APRIL 20, 2021*
Tips and Techniques for Safe Transfer and Sharing of Native Plants
Julia Vanatta

MARCH 16, 2021*
Jumping Worms, the Latest Threat to Our Gardens and Wild Areas.
Ryan Hueffmeier, University of MN Duluth

FEBRUARY 16, 2021*
Connecting Community and Native Habitat— Growing a Sense of Place
Vicki Bonk, Nokomis Naturescape Stewardship and Outreach Lead

JANUARY 19, 2021
Restoring Ecosystem Functionality and Biodiversity** 
Heather Holm

NOVEMBER 17, 2020*
Annual Member Business Meeting, including election of officers for 2021.
Art and Nature—Naturally.
A sampling  of garden art made by Wild Ones Twin Cities members, including, Vicki and Richard Bonk, Marilyn Jones, and Holley Wlodarczyk.

OCTOBER 20, 2020*
The Natural Gardening Method: Creating Gardens with Minimal Ecological Footprint, Low Financial Commitment, with Maximum Environmental Benefit

SEPTEMBER 15, 2020*
Lessons Learned from 40 Years of Repairing the Earth by Restoring with Native Vegetation
Ron Bowen, Prairie Restorations

MAY 19, 2020*
Giving Nature a Home: How our yards are among the last best places for birds, bees, butterflies, and other wildlife
Liz Stanley

JANUARY 21, 2020
Surprises that Await us in our Native Pocket Gardens
Tom Dickhudt

NOVEMBER 19, 2019
WOTC Membership Meeting
Seed Exchange & Volunteer Recognition Pizza Party

OOCTOBER 15, 2019

Tools for Finding and Exploring the Rich Natural World of the Twin Cities
John Moriarty, Senior Manager of Wildlife

SEPTEMBER 17, 2019
America’s Flyways: Challenges and Opportunities
Don Arnosti, Executive Director, Izaak Walton League

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

APRIL 16, 2019
7th Annual Table Topics
Featuring Local Native Plant and Landscaping Experts

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

FEBRUARY 16, 2019
Larry Weaner, Landscape Architect and Author
Michael Lynch, Botanical Wanderings
Robin Wall Kimmerer, Ph.D., Author and Distinguished Teaching Professor at SUNY Syracuse
Spotlight Organization: Xerces Society

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

NOVEMBER 13, 2018
Annual Member Meeting and Potluck Dinner
Jason Pruett, Arborist, Treehugger

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

SEPTEMBER 18, 2018
Endangered Pollinators: A Southeast Minnesota Perspective
Scott Leddy, Restoration Practitioner

MAY 15, 2018
Native Sedges and Grasses
Dustin Demmer, Blazing Star Gardens in Owatonna, MN

APRIL 17, 2018
6th Annual Table Topics
Native Plant Gardening 101

MARCH 20, 2018
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Florilegium
Marilyn Barber, The Minnesota School of Botanical Art

FEBRUARY 17, 2018
Jared Rosenbaum, Wild Ridge Plants
Catherine Zimmerman, author and filmmaker
Rachel Mackow, Wild Ridge Plants
Spotlight Organization: Izaak Walton League-Bush Lake Chapter

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
Wild Ones in the Field- A partnership roundtable featuring WOTC members

OCTOBER 17, 2017
Minnesota Wildflowers
Katy Chayka & Peter M. Dziuk

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
Conservation Strategies for Native ‘Big Woods’ Forest Plant Communities
Dr. Lee E. Frelich, Director, The University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology

MAY 16, 2017
Phenology and Citizen Science in Minnesota
Rebecca Montgomery

APRIL 20, 2017
5th Annual Table Topics 
With local experts on everything you want to know about gardening with native plants!

MARCH 21, 2017
Selecting Native Trees and Shrubs that Support Birds and Bees 
Heather Holm

FEBRUARY 18, 2017
Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware
Forest Isbell, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Reserve
Nathalie Shanstrom, Pasque Ecological Design

JANUARY 17, 2017
Native Plant Winter Sowing and Seed Exchange
Carmen Simonet

NOVEMBER 15, 2016
Annual Board Meeting and Potluck
Where the Wild Ones Have Gone: A Potluck Travelogue

OCTOBER 18, 2016
Grow Native: Bringing Natural Beauty to Your Garden
Lynn Steiner

SEPTEMBER 20, 2016
A Walk through the The Trespasser's Garden
Emily Gray Koehler

MAY 17, 2016
Growing and Gathering Native Edible Plants
Wesley Nugteren, Seeking the Wild Naturalist

APRIL 19, 2016
4th Annual Native Landscaping Table Topics 
and Plant Sale Kickoff

MARCH 15, 2016
Home Is Where the Habitat Is
Hannah Texler & Vera Ming Wong

FEBRUARY 20, 2016
Heather Holm, author of Pollinators of Native Plants
Benjamin Vogt, eastern Nebraska prairie garden designer and owner of Monarch Gardens
Chris Behringer, Behringer Designs, and Arlys Freeman, Midwest Floating Islands

JANUARY 19, 2016
Native Plant Winter Sowing and Seed Exchange
Carmen Simonet

NOVEMBER 17, 2015
Annual Board Meeting & Potluck
Youth and Native Planting Project
Kris Martinka

OCTOBER 20, 2015
Dwindling Numbers for an Iconic Insect: 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


Since 2002 Wild Ones Twin Cities chapter has helped maintain the three prairie gardens located at the 4-acre Nokomis Naturescape. These demonstration gardens are designed to encourage people to plant native species to liven up their own yard. Get on our email list for current updates on Naturescape volunteering, garden bloom’s and wildlife, native plant gardening tips and more. For more information contact Vicki at or call 612-232-8196. Also check out our facebook site to keep you current with happenings:

AUGUST 1, 2021
Tour of Andy Scott's Native Garden, Owner of ReWild Native Gardens, LLC
8418 DuPont Ave, Bloomington MN 55420

JULY 10, 2021
Native Plant Home Garden Tour + Environmental Stewardship Expo
at the Home of Leslie Pilgrim, Owner of Neighborhood Greening 
Mendota Heights

MAY 26th & 29th, 2021
Tour of George & Bernice Watson's Native Gardens

SEPTEMBER 14, 2019
at Frontenac State Park
Guided by Bonnie Harper-Lore & Steve Winter
10 am - 2 pm
29223 County 28 Boulevard, Frontenac, MN 55026

Lake Nokomis & Nokomis Naturescape | 49th St and Woodlawn Blvd, Minneapolis
The 11th annual celebration is Saturday, September 7, 2019, 10 - 4pm. From the first year on, Wild Ones Twin Cities have been essential partners in this festival. The Wild Ones adopted garden, the Nokomis Naturescape, was a catalyst for the event. To learn more visit

AUGUST 17, 2019
at the Bush Lake Izaak Walton League
10 am - 1 pm
7515 Izaak Walton Rd W, Minneapolis, MN 55438

AUGUST  14, 2019
Corcorcon Pollinator Garden Walking Tour
5 pm to 8 pm

AUGUST  4, 2019 
Kathleen Seal's Gardens
5-7 pm (Date change from July 28th due to weather)

AUGUST  3, 2019 
Leslie Pilgrim's Native Plant Garden Tour
10 a.m. - 1 p.m
Mendota Heights
Sponsored by Neighborhood Greening.

AUGUST 11, 2018 
Root River Valley Member Only Tour
Led by Scott Leddy
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

JULY 14, 2018
Native Landscaping in Mendota Heights
10:15 am to 2:00 pm
#1 | Leslie Pilgrim
#2 | Kraus Native Landscape

#3 | Sue Light

JUNE 30, 2018 
Chris Burda's Sustainable Yard & Home
10:30 am to Noon

JUNE 8, 2018
Tour native plants on the Roof of City Hall
350 S 5th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415          
Meet at the City Hall Rotunda | 3:00 pm
Tour by Nathalie Shanstrom
Pasque Ecological Design and Consulting, LLC

SEPTEMBER 23, 2017
Douglas Owens-Pike at Otter Creek Ridge!

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
11:15 am - 12:00 pm
St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church Linden Hills
2914 W 44th St Minneapolis, MN 55410
Guide: Dottie Dolezal

JULY 12, 2017
3804 Cedar Lake Place, Minneapolis 
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Guide: Douglas Owens Pike
Guest Peter Original Designer of Cedar Meadows Restoration

JUNE 28, 2017
Storm Water Park and Learning Center
4:00-5:00 pm | 2522 Marshall Street NE, Minneapolis
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
Donna’s House, Front and back
10:00 am | Minneapolis
Design by True Nature Design, Roxanne Stuhr
Sandra’s House, Front and Back
11:15 am | Minneapolis

AUGUST 13, 2016 
Crex Meadows Member Only Tour
9:30 am - 11:30 am

AUGUST 6, 2016
South Minneapolis, Seward, Longfellow, Corcoran
Tour 1 : Marilyn Jones’ Garden
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Tour 2 : Common Ground Meditation Center
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Tour 3 : Liz and Bill Blood’s Garden
11:15 am to 12:30 pm
Tour 4 : Julia Vanatta’s Yard
12:15 pm to 2:00 pm

JULY 6, 2016  
Tour of Patty's Garden at Energy Savers Insulation
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | Minneapolis

JUNE 25, 2016  
South Minneapolis Garden Tours
Tour 1 : Vicki Bonk, Grow Monarch Habitat Coach's Garden
10:00 am to 11:00 am  |  Minneapolis MN
Tour 2 : Local Roots Landscapers Client Garden
11:15 am to 12:15 pm  |  Minneapolis MN
Tour 3 : Nokomis East Gateway Garden Project
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm |  East 50th St & Hiawatha Ave

JUNE 15, 2016
Douglas Owens-Pike's of EnergyScapes Private Residence
6 pm to 8:00 pm | Minneapolis MN

JUNE 11, 2016 
Southwest Area Gardens
Tour 1 : Jeremy & Amy Mayberg’s Garden
10 am to 11:30 | Edina MN
Tour 2 : Meleah Maynard’s Garden
12 Noon to 1:00 pm   | Minneapolis MN