2018 Chapter Officers Elected
At the November 4th Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones, Board members and officers for 2018 were elected, including:
President - Lisa Lemza
Vice-President - Kristina Shaneyfelt
Secretary - Nora Bernhardt
Treasurer - Bill Moll
Member-at-Large - John Miller
Member-at-Large - Marinell Morgan
Member-at-Large - Doug Newton
Volunteer Coordinator - Lena Hall
The following committee leaders have been appointed:
Program Committee Co-Chairs - Bill Moll & Lyn Rutherford
Symposium Committee Co-Chairs - Bill Moll & Sally Wencel
Public Information Committee Co-Chairs - Ann Brown & Lucy Scanlon
CHAPP Committee Co-Chairs - Kristina Shaneyfelt & Sally Wencel
CNP Committee Co-Chairs - Lena Hall & Sally Wencel
Membership Committee Chair - Marcia Stevens
Landscape Recognition Committee Co-Chairs - Bill Moll & Doug Newton
More News from the Annual Meeting
- The Plant Natives 2018: What's the Buzz Symposium is scheduled for March 17, 2018 at UTC. The keynote speaker will be Heather Holm, author and landscape designer. She will speak about native bees, and landscaping for pollinators, including pesticides issues. Mark the date on your calendar; more details about the Symposium will be coming soon.
- The updated Member Directory will will be sent to active members in January.
- The Tennessee Valley chapter is the 3rd largest Wild Ones chapter in the U.S.
- A Native Plant Garden Tour, open to the public, will be presented in fall 2018.
- The chapter's 2017-2019 Strategic Plan has been updated. Read more.
H'Art Gallery Native Plant Garden
Last month, several volunteers, representing both the Wild Ones and the Chattanooga Area Pollinator Partnership, along with the help of a H'Art Gallery artist, began the renovation of the garden at the entrance to the H'Art Gallery on E. Main Street at Rossville Avenue. Dennis Bishop planned the planting and bought the plants, and the job of removing the exotics and setting in the natives was almost completed. The Gallery has pledged to watch over it and keep it all watered. The work isn't quite finished; more plants will go in in the near future.
Landscapes in Progress are seasonal programs where Wild Ones members open their home gardens for other members to visit. These casual programs are a great way for us to learn about gardening with native plants. Here are a few "tips" from the fall 2017 Landscapes in Progress:
- If anyone tries to tell you to plant more than one Maximilian Sunflower, don't listen.
- To observe or photograph pollinators from a sitting position near ground level, try Bob Hulse's method - and do let us know how it works for you: Bury a big pot (~24" diameter) to its rim, set a flat stone next to it, sit on the stone with your feet in the pot, and watch to your heart's content.
- Mohr's Rosinweed is a spectacular tall clump-forming fall-blooming sun-loving plant with fragrant yellow disk-and-ray blossoms.
- Ants will abandon their nests if you sprinkle old coffee grounds on them.
- Upturned empty wine bottles shoved neck-down into the ground will repel voles. They can't stand the vibrations that result from air moving over the recessed bottom of the bottles.
- Need a good native alternative to boxwood? Try tall, columnar yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria) as a natural screen for a narrow space.
- Some good plants for wooded property include red chokeberry, big leaf magnolia, and asters.