June 2019 Newsletter
Healing the earth, one yard at a time.
Monthly Public Meetings
Native Instincts:
Preserving Our Environment
with Dennis Bishop
Monday, June 10, 2019
63 E. Main St., Chattanooga TN
FREE and Open to the Public

The movement to native plants is generally talked about in horticultural terms, but first and foremost it is about human culture and our relationship with nature. Regrettably, the past 500 years of that relationship has resulted in the decimation of native American plant communities and the lands that we are now asked to steward.

What is our role in restoring the native landscape? How much can we realistically do? This talk and discussion will explore these questions and how we can best work to reestablish the native landscape from the wild remnants of the natural world around us. 

Managing Large Acreage
An Interactive Panel Discussion
Monday, July 8, 2019
63 E. Main St., Chattanooga TN
FREE and Open to the Public

Look for program details in our July newsletter.

Upcoming Members-Only Programs

Landscapes in Progress
in Cleveland TN
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Cleveland TN
FREE for Members of the TN Valley Chapter
of Wild Ones and family

The June 2019  Landscapes in Progress  program features the garden of Wild Ones members Bruce & Phyllis Tilden and Linda & Terry Merritt in Cleveland TN.

This program is an opportunity for education, promotion and encouragement of native plant gardening, as well as Wild Ones member appreciation. 

Rather than a traditional "garden tour" where everything is perfect,  Landscapes in Progress  is an event where members -- host and visitor -- can ask questions, share information about their own endeavors, and spend time with others dedicated to landscaping with native species.

Weekend Trip
to Roan Mountain
June 7-9, 2019
Open toMembers of the TN Valley Chapter
of Wild Ones and family

Join other Wild Ones members for a weekend trip to Roan Mountain State Park to see the Catawba rhododendrons and other unique plants and geography of this Southern Appalachian Mountain area.  The park is located approximately four and one-half hours from Chattanooga and thirty minutes from Elizabethton, Tennessee.

Participants will be responsible for the cost of their own lodging, meals and car transportation.  

Landscapes in Progress
in Rising Fawn GA
Sunday, June 28, 2019
Rising Fawn GA
FREE for Members of the TN Valley Chapter
of Wild Ones and family

The July 2019  Landscapes in Progress  program features the garden of Wild Ones members Christy & Leonard Dean in Rising Fawn GA. The property is 10 acres on the brow of Lookout Mountain and slopes downward. There is a natural pond and creek that runs through the property. The Deans are in the process of removing invasives and preserving the property with native plants.

Registration link will be available soon.
Registration for Summer CNP Classes
is Now Open!
CNP class sizes are limited and registration IN ADVANCE is required.

Ecology of Wetlands
Instructor: Bill Phillips, PhD
Saturday, June 8, 2019
9:00am – 12:30pm
Volkswagen Chattanooga Classroom
Chattanooga TN
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)

Summer Tree Identification
Instructor: Hill Craddock, PhD
Saturday, July 13, 2019
9:00am – 12:30pm
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
Chattanooga TN
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)

Pressing Plants:
Connecting Science, Art
& the Natural World
Instructor: Mary Priestley,
Sewanee Herbarium Curator
Saturday, August 10, 2019
9:00am – 12:30pm CDT
Sewanee Herbarium
Sewanee TN
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)
News from Our Chapter
Third Graders at Normal Park Elementary School
Provide Generous Gift
to our Chattanooga Area Pollinator Partnership!
This spring, the third graders at Normal Park Elementary School learned about the important role that bees play in our eco-system and how good landscaping practices are imperative. The students made items and sold them at the school's quarterly exhibit night. They donated the proceeds from that sale to the Chattanooga Area Pollinator Partnership and the Seeds for Education grant fund that supports school pollinator gardens.

Grateful thanks to these students for their generosity and for protecting pollinators in our area!

The Chattanooga Area Pollinator Partnership is
an initiative of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones.
Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience.
Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.

-Hal Borland, author and journalist
Local & Regional Happenings
Rain Garden Guardians
Do you have an interest in doing some hands-on gardening? Do you want to learn more about rain gardens?

On the first (1st) and fourth (4th) Thursday of the month, a Rain Garden Guardians work day will
be scheduled at one of four locations:
6/6 - John A Patten Park and YFD Center
6/27 - Renaissance Park
7/3 - Spears Ave Pump Track at Stringers Ridge
7/25 - Warner Park
8/1 - John A Patten Park and YFD Center
8/22 - Renaissance Park
9/5 - Spears Ave Pump Track at Stringers Ridge

These public rain garden sites are designed to catch polluted stormwater runoff. Through
natural processes these sites protect our waterways and citizens by filtering water, reducing
flooding, and providing habitat. Each site is a little different; explore a new native plant
landscape each week!

Rain Barrel Distribution Day
The City of Chattanooga's Water Quality Program is offering discounted rain barrels for sale until June 16th.

These barrels can be picked up from Finley Stadium June 22nd between 8am and 12 noon. They are perfect for watering gardens and plants like ferns that can't tolerate tap water.

Cullowhee Native Plant Conference
July 17-20, 2019
Western Carolina University
in Cullowhee, North Carolina

The purpose of the Cullowhee Conference is to increase interest in and knowledge of propagating and preserving native southeastern plant species in the landscape. Both professionals and laypersons will gain valuable knowledge from the informative field trips, lectures, and workshops.

Interesting Information
By growing a diversity
of flowering plants,
gardeners are turning cities
into havens for bees
and other pollinators.

“....Recent research suggests that even gardeners with no more than a porch, balcony or window box can make a positive difference. In a study published in 2018 in the Journal of Applied Ecology, Maria-Carolina Simao and colleagues at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor placed pots of flowering sweet alyssum in 16 research plots around the city, varying the number of flower pots at each site. By comparing monthly visits by bees during the next two summers, the biologists discovered that plots with just one to three flower pots attracted bees—sometimes as many bees as plots with up to 10 pots. “If you only have room for a single pot of suitable flowers,” Simao concludes, “you are still creating habitat and helping bees....”

"Botanical Sexism" could be behind your seasonal allergies

One day this past April, the residents of Durham, North Carolina, saw the sky turn a peculiar but familiar shade of chartreuse. Enormous clouds of a fine, yellow-green powder engulfed the city. It looked, and felt, like the end of the world. “Your car was suddenly yellow, the sidewalk was yellow, the roof of your house was yellow,” says Kevin Lilley, assistant director of the city’s landscape services. Residents, quite fittingly, called it a “ pollenpocalypse .”

Male trees are one of the most significant reasons why allergies  have gotten so bad for city dwellers in recent decades... Tom Ogren, horticulturalist and author of Allergy-Free Gardening: The Revolutionary Guide to Healthy Landscaping, was the first to link exacerbated allergies with urban planting policy, which he calls “botanical sexism.”

Native plant species may be at greater risk from climate change than non-natives

A new study looking at blooming flowers suggests that non-native plants might outlast native plants in the region due to climate change... The researchers' findings suggest non-native plant species may be better at shifting their flowering time compared to native plant species. These differences are thought to influence a species' success both now and in future warmer environments.

Birds of North America
series debuts on YouTube

Birds of North America , a new web series about birds and birding, hosted by Jason Ward (founder of Tricky Bird ID on Twitter) and directed by Rob Meyer (co-author and director of  A Birder’s Guide to Everything) has been introduced online. New episodes will be released each Sunday on YouTube and Topic.com. 

Photos from the Field
Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly (the state butterfly of Tennessee)
nectaring on Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa).
Photo by Mike O'Brien.
A few days after the photo above, Mike captured this Zebra Swallowtail Caterpillar
on the leaves of a nearby Pawpaw tree.
Photo by Mike O'Brien.
On June 1st, Mike O'Brien spotted this Question Mark Butterfly on the driveway.
It acted like it was newly emerged and a bit slow.
Mike coaxed it onto his finger and moved it to some nearby Butterflyweed for some nice photos.
These butterflies do nectar on flowers as a rule.
Photo by Mike O'Brien.
Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar on Butterflyweed.
Photo by Mike O'Brien.
Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) is again featured in this photo!
The visitor is a really small (approx. 1 cm long) Flower Fly (Allograpta obliqua).
Mike noticed hovering around the Butterflyweed.
He sat and waited a while until it finally got into a good position for a photo.
The Flower Fly and is a common throughout most of the U.S.
Photo by Mike O'Brien.
Hairy Skullcap (Scutellaria elliptica)
with easily visible hairs on flowers, buds and leaves backlit by the sun.
Photo by Mike O'Brien.
White Milkweed (Asclepias variegata).
 The photo is especially helpful in showing all stages of the buds and flowers.
The leaves are quite leathery with undulating, curled edges.
Photo by Mike O'Brien.
Bird’s Nest Fungi.

Finding bird’s nest fungus is usually found in mulch or wood chips, as the fungi lives off the organic substrate and turns it into rich soil. Soil and organic debris are full of all kinds of marvelous natural composters. One of them, the bird’s nest fungus, is also a master of mimicry. It has the appearance of a cup-shaped nest with little spheres inside that resemble eggs. In fact, the spheres are the method through which the organism reproduces itself. The cup shape is actually the fruiting body of the fungus and holds the lentil-shaped peridioles that contain the spores which are the basis of the saprophyte’s reproduction.

Photo by Dr. William Mike Howell (Samford University, Birmingham AL)
and author of forthcoming book titled Wildflowers of Alabama.

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