May 2019 Newsletter
Healing the earth, one yard at a time.
Monthly Public Meetings
Open Forum:
Wild Ones Community Meeting
Monday, May 13, 2019
63 E. Main St., Chattanooga TN
FREE and Open to the Public

Join us for pizza and conversation. We want to hear from you about how the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones can help you as a gardener, landscaper, chapter member or responsible citizen. Please come with program ideas, wild suggestions, and opinions about what we are doing well and what we can do better.

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. 

Upcoming Members-Only Programs

Members' Hike
to Benton Falls
with Leon Bates

Saturday, May 18, 2019
9:00am - 5:00pm
FREE for Members of the TN Valley Chapter
of Wild Ones and family

This full-day hike to Benton Falls (near Reliance, TN) in the Cherokee National Forest will offer one of the best displays of native flame azaleas and native rhododendrons. We will stop for at least an hour at the 65-foot waterfall, with numerous lovely places to explore. 

Our hike will be led by Leon Bates, whose knowledge of plants and connection to the land will truly enrich this event.

Landscapes in Progress
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
FREE for Members 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.  
Registration for Summer CNP Classes
is Now Open!
Wild Ones Members receive discounted registration
for all Certificate in Native Plants classes.

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)
We Need YOU!
There Are Many Ways
YOU Can Get Involved!
Spring and summer are busy times for Wild Ones! And there are plenty of ways you can jump in to help...everything from outdoor events to getting involved with one of our committees. Even if you only have a few hours to volunteer, we can find the right spot for you. No experience is necessary - we'll pair you with experienced volunteers.

Click below to learn more about how you can get involved!

Local & Regional Happenings
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.

Heartwood and TN Heartwood
29th Retreat/Council
May 24-26, 2019
Coker Creek Center  near Tellico Plains right in the middle of the Cherokee National forest and the biggest complex of Wilderness lands in the East.

For over 30 years, Heartwood has worked to protect and advocate for forests across the East. From Mississippi to Pennsylvania, Heartwood brings folks together in a true grassroots fashion for forest advocacy, fun, and fellowship, and this year, its Spring Council comes to Tennessee from May 24-26. 

Every Memorial Day weekend, people come together from all around the country to celebrate our wild lands with our traditions of workshops, outings, and great live music! There will be speakers, wildcraft workshops, hikes, bonfires, organic home cooked meals, live music and more!

Native Plants of the Southeast:
Our Landscapes, History
and Culture
May 30 - June 2, 2019
Native Plant Conference presented by the Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Birmingham AL

Featuring pre-conference workshops, sales of books authored by presenters, plant sales, student poster session, field trips, and a special evening dinner.

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.

It's Retirement Time for Sunlight Gardens :-(

We're sad to report that Sunlight Gardens in Andersonville TN will be closing on July 1, 2019. Online orders will be accepted until June 10th.

We are grateful that Sunlight Gardens was one of the early propagators of native plants in our region. They have made significant contributions to the native plant movement for many years, and we are very grateful for their important work.
Interesting Information
Humans Are Driving One Million Species to Extinction

Up to one million plant and animal species face extinction, many within decades, because of human activities, says the most comprehensive report yet on the state of global ecosystems.
Without drastic action to conserve habitats, the rate of species extinction — already tens to hundreds of times higher than the average across the past ten million years — will only increase, says the analysis.

The findings come from a United Nations-backed panel called the  Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) .

Do Plants Favor Their Kin?

For people, and many other animals, family matters. Consider how many jobs go to relatives. Or how an ant will ruthlessly attack intruder ants but rescue injured, closely related nestmates. There are good evolutionary reasons to aid relatives, after all. Now, it seems, family feelings may stir in plants as well.

A Canadian biologist planted the seed of the idea more than a decade ago, but many plant biologists regarded it as heretical— plants lack the nervous systems that enable animals to recognize kin, so how can they know their relatives? But with a series of recent findings, the notion that plants really do care for their most genetically close peers—in a quiet, plant-y way—is taking root.

Photos from the Field
Moving some Tulip Poplar logs, Mike O'Brien found this very small Slimy Salamander, about 2” long.
He relocated it to a wet, shady location with lots of leaf cover.
There are a number of variations of this common species. They grow up to about 6” long. 
Photo by Mike O'Brien.
Nature journaling at Shackleford Ridge Park
May 7, 2019
Photo by Chris Tanis
Bignonia capreolata (Crossvine) at Lula Lake Land Trust
April 30, 2019
Photo by Ray Zimmerman
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