Wild Ones - Tennessee Valley Chapter
 Healing the earth, one yard at a time

August 2015 Newsletter
Wild Ones Events...
see more details in this newsletter below.

August 10
6:00 pm

Inviting the Butterflies In

Free and Open 
to the Public

September 14
6:00 pm

The Ferns of Tennessee

Free and Open 
t o the Public

March 5, 2016

Plant Natives 2016!
6th Annual Native Plant Symposium

Save the Date!

Quick Links
Benefits of Membership in the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones

Invitations to
*"Landscapes in Progress" garden visit programs   

*Guided Native Plant & 
Wildflower Walks  
*Native Plant Rescues 
*Native Plant Nursery Visits 
E-mail notices about 
upcoming local native plant EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS 
and events.
from local landscapers 
and nurseries, 
Show your Wild Ones 
membership card to receive 
10% off at these nurseries.
with a group of
 local gardeners
 interested in 
native plant landscaping.
PLUS all the 
benefits  of a 
national Wild Ones membership, including  the 
New Member Handbook 
with practical ways 
to add native plants to 
your  landscape ...
AND the quarterly 
Wild Ones Journal

Upcoming Events
Inviting the Butterflies In
with Angie Leubben

Monday, August 10
6:00 pm
FREE and Open to the Public
63 E. Main Street, Chattanooga TN





Most people love butterflies, and most would happily welcome more of them into their yards. Come and learn about simple strategies that you can use to entice the maximum number of our regional butterfly species into your yard. If you plant it, they will indeed come.


Angie Luebben is a local area resident who is a Registered Nurse by trade and a nature lover by passion. She has fed, sheltered, and lovingly observed her native yard birds for most of her life, and for the past 7 years has been planting for and hand-raising butterflies. She does not consider herself to be a gardener, but instead, a devoted nature lover who very intentionally fills her yard with plants that benefit the creatures which inhabit it. She does not use any insecticides in her yard, and she believes that everything matters and has its purpose.



The Ferns of Tennessee
with Dr. Pat Blackwell Cox

Monday, September 14
6:00 pm
FREE and Open to the Public
63 E. Main Street, Chattanooga TN

T ennessee is home to many native ferns, as well as some undesirable invasives, but many amateur and even professional botanists can find it difficult to distinguish one fern from another. On Monday, September 14, 2015, the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones will host a presentation on "Ferns of Tennessee" by retired TVA Botanical Specialist Patricia Blackwell Cox. Dr. Cox will explain the terminology associated with ferns' structure and will discuss the most common ferns in Tennessee, the rarest ferns in the state, and invasive fern species.


Landscapes in Progress
Visit 3 Members' Gardens on Signal Mountain

Saturday, September 26
FREE to Members Only

Many members of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones are gardeners who are working to replace exotic and invasive plants with native plants in their own landscapes. This is usually an ongoing process where we gradually learn about which native plants thrive in our specific environment and about how to control invasives.


So that we can learn from each other, twice each year the Chapter offers Landscapes in Progress programs.  These informal programs provide an opportunity to see the successes and challenges faced by other gardeners who are incorporating native plants into their landscapes. 


These programs are not intended to be "garden tours" where everything is perfect, but rather a chance to share information about how to be better gardeners.  


The fall Landscapes in Progress program features three gardens on Signal  Mountain.  You'll have the opportunity to view the gardens, talk to the members, ask questions and hopefully pick up a few good ideas for your own landscape.

We hope that you'll come to this event to learn and to ask questions... but also to share information about your own experiences and to spend time with others who love native plant gardening.

This event is reserved for Wild Ones members only.

More information is coming soon.  Want more details?  Email us!


In the News

Check out these articles and websites for information about 
"saving the earth, one landscape at a time."

How Trees Calm Us Down.

.. A new study found that an additional ten trees on a given block correspond to a one-percent increase in healthy nearby resident felt. Click  here.


The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge.  From individuals, community groups and businesses -- everyone can make a difference. Click here for more info.



Go Wild with Native Plant Gardening.  The Nature Conservancy provides an easy plant finder tool to help you get started and videos in which gardeners share how they've used native plants to reduce storm water runoff, attract wildlife and much more.  Click here.


Wild Ones Native Plant Butterfly Recognition Program.  Just a reminder that Wild Ones' native plant butterfly garden/habitat recognition program is available for you to register your native planting(s).  We'd love to have your site listed on our Wild Ones wildlife corridors map.  And, don't forget - if you register your garden with Wild Ones, it will automatically be registered with the Million Pollinator Gardens Program.    Click here for info.


New Smoky Mountains Wild Ones Chapter Forming

Recently, our Public Information Co-chair Lucy Scanlon traveled to meet with and answer questions from a group of individuals interested in starting a Wild Ones chapter in the Knoxville/Sevierville area. Several of these folks have been members of the Tennessee Valley Chapter for some time, and we look forward to supporting them in their efforts and partnering on programs in the future.

 We will keep you posted about their progress!


Saturday, March 5, 2016

The sixth annual Tennessee Valley Wild Ones native plant symposium promises to be another outstanding opportunity to learn about native plant gardening from three accomplished and respected experts, so mark your calendar for March 5, 2016 NOW. 


Click here f or more information about featured speakers  for 
Plant Natives 2016! 

Registration information will be coming soon.



Pipevine Swallowtail Life Cycle in Progress

Starting on June 17th, TVWO member Mike O'Brien noticed a female Pipevine Swallowtail ( Battus philenor ) laying eggs on a Pipevine
(Aristolochia macrophylla) in his garden in north Alabama.  Mike is photographing the development of the eggs and is generously sharing the process with us.  

Last month, we saw photos of the freshly laid eggs, as well as the tiny caterpillars emerging from the eggs only six days later.  Click here to see last month's newsletter.

Click here to learn more about the Pipevine, the larval host for the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly.

Day 7: Caterpillars less than one day old.  
Note the slightly larger caterpillar which likely hatched 
 earlier than the rest.

Mature pipevine swallowtail caterpillars on 7-11-15.

Size comparison of caterpillar on 7-15-15. 
The orange dots are the size of the eggs that 
were laid less than month ago.

Pipeline Swallowtail caterpillar preparing 
to form chrysalis on 7-16-15
Chrysalis on 7-20-15.

Photos from the Garden
from Wild Ones member Mike O'Brien

Enjoy Mike's recent photos from the outdoors!

Northern Pearlyeye
Variegated Fritillary on a Cosmos

Hoary Mountain Mint
Gulf Fritillary Egg on Passionvine Tendril
Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar on Passionvine Leaf

Bumblebee Happy Face on Sunflower

Wild Ones: Native Plants. Natural Landscapes is a national non-profit organization with over 50 chapters in 13 states that promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Please read more information about Wild Ones at www.wildones.org.


We offer guest speakers, field trips and other special events throughout the year, as well as an annual native plant and natural landscaping symposium in early spring. 


To contact our chapter, email us at tnvalleywildones@gmail.com