December 2018 Newsletter
Healing the earth, one yard at a time.
Upcoming Programs and Events
Holiday Social & Potluck
Monday, December 10, 6:00pm
63 E. Main St., Chattanooga TN
Members-only, including spouses & partners

Bring a dish to share.
We'll provide beer, wine and other beverages.

We'll also be collecting non-perishable food and cash/check donations for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank.

So that we know how many people to expect, please register in advance.
Native Plant Rescue Squad
Monday, January 14, 2019, 6:00pm
with Joy Grissom & Gerry Moll
green|spaces, 63 E. Main St., Chattanooga
FREE and open to the public

Come learn about rescuing native plants that can be rescued in from the path of development.
Photo by Donna Bollenbach
at Booker T. Washington State Park
in November 2018.
Nature Journaling Group
The Nature Journaling group gets together from 9:30-11:30am on Tuesdays, outdoors in clear weather, indoors or under a pavilion in rain, to spend time in nature. Locations vary each week.

You are free to pursue whatever creative outlet you desire, whether that be writing, drawing, painting or something else. Sharing what you do is your option. This is not a group designed to provide instruction or feedback, but rather a group encouraging each other to set aside personal creative time in nature.
Wild Ones Gift Membership

Let Us Help You With Your Holiday Shopping!

Give the gift of Wild Ones! Pass on your passion for the natural landscaping movement by giving family and friends a membership in Wild Ones.

A gift membership will provide all the benefits of Wild Ones membership - and covers everyone in your recipient's household. Your recipient may affiliate their membership with the Tennessee Valley chapter or one of our many chapters throughout the United States or simply be a partner-at-large (PAL).

All Tennessee Valley gift members will receive an informational welcome packet from the chapter in early January.

Gift memberships must be purchased by clicking the link above. If you would also like to download a printable, foldable card to give as your gift, please click  HERE.

News From Our Chapter
Grant Awarded to
Hardy Elementary School
The Chattanooga Area Pollinator Partnership and the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones have awarded the first Seeds for Education grant to Hardy Elementary School, a Chattanooga public school in the Glass Street neighborhood. 

Described in the grant application, Hardy's 4th and 5th grade students, teachers, parents and community volunteers will convert a grassy area of the school grounds into a pollinator garden, providing a hands-on, experiential education opportunity involving science and art teachers and students. The students will work with Mary Beth Sutton and the Tennessee Student Environmental Alliance (TenneSEA) program and will also be involved in the Monarch Watch program and report their findings. 

Congratulations, Hardy Elementary School!
We Have a NEW Web Address!
Visit Us and Bookmark
We have a new website and a new address --

The new site has new content and easier access to native plant lists and other information that will help you garden with native plants. There's an updated list of places to buy native plants. All of our upcoming programs are now listed under the "Programs & Events" tab. And there are easy links to join, renew your membership and volunteer to help.

We've recently added a blog with interesting plant information and other tips and observations about the native plant gardening and the natural world.
News from the Chapter's Annual Meeting

  • Officers for 2019 were elected, and 2019 committee chairs were announced. See more.

  • The preliminary program schedule for 2019 was announced. More details will be coming soon about monthly public programs, members-only hikes and trips, Landscapes in Progress, and Certificate in Native Plants classes.

  • The Plant Natives 2019! Symposium speakers were announced. Larry Weaner, author of Garden Revolution, will be the keynote speaker.

  • The Tennessee Valley Chapter is now the second largest Wild Ones chapter in the country! This shows the commitment of our region to "healing the earth, one yard at a time."

  • The Chattanooga Area Pollinator Partnership (an initiative of our chapter) previewed its new pollinator garden signs which are now available for $15.

  • The next round of Habitat Hero awards will be announced at a special event on Friday, September 20, 2019. Nominations will be open in the summer.

Certificate in Native Plants
January & February Classes Now Open for Registration

The Certificate in Native Plants program is designed to expand students' knowledge of botany, ecology, conservation, and uses of native flora in the southeastern United States. Students will get both classroom education and hands-on application to increase knowledge and skills that can be applied at home, in the community, and at work. The course setting will provide a common ground for native plant enthusiasts to meet and connect with others who share their interests. 

The CNP is designed to benefit both home gardeners and landscaping professionals alike. You do NOT need to be working toward the Certificate in order to register for classes.

Most CNP classes are limited to 25 participants. They fill up quickly, so register now to ensure your place.  
Sustainable Landscape Management
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Instructor: Lyn Rutherford
9 am – 12 pm EST
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)
Biology of Liverworts,
Mosses and Ferns
Saturday, February 9, 2019
I nstructor: Charlotte Freeman
9:00am – 12:00pm
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)
Local Events of Interest
November 30, 5:30 - 8:00pm
Bees on a Bicycle, 1909 Market Street, Chattanooga
Strap on your Santa hat and join the merriment, complete with chili, hot cider and wreath-making know-how. 

December 1, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Bees on a Bicycle, 1909 Market Street, Chattanooga
10am-4pm. Arrive any hour upon the hour between 10 and 4 to try your luck at winning free plants!

December 8, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Bees on a Bicycle, 1909 Market Street, Chattanooga
Come celebrate the season, buy a few last-minute gifts and enjoy some yummy nibbles and drinks.  

Interesting Information
How You Can Help
Grow a Greener World

How can each of us play a part in supporting biodiversity for the benefit not only of those other species, but also ourselves? Opportunities exist for involvement on many levels and the choice is, of course, up to each of us. This post from the Southern Highlands Reserve gives ideas for how to help.

New Stormwater Management Publication Available

In a new publication series, "Stormwater Management for Homeowners," the Virginia Cooperative Extension provides information on how homeowners can use different practices in their landscapes to manage stormwater and protect their property from damage in the future. The main goal of this six-part series is to motivate homeowners and help them manage stormwater more effectively whenever rainstorms occur.

The Blobby. Dazzling World
of Insect Eggs

Bugs lay their eggs in many different ways, and those eggs pop out in a fascinating array of shapes and sizes, colors and textures. Some are smooth and globular, others rough and ridged. Some look like Skittles and others more like Raisinets. Some eggs are transparent, others opaque, and many of them look intriguingly alien. Certain species of bug can even alter the color of their eggs to fit in better with environmental factors.

Tag, You're an Insect!

Scientists do all sorts of things to hack our way into understanding daily life for individuals and groups across the animal kingdoms—often by trying to tag along from a distance. Among these animals, insects are not the most willing scientific collaborators. Small and short-lived, they’re not really built to carry tracking tools we might want to use (assuming, that is, we can find them at all).

For entomologists, engineers, and other scientists, getting an insect-eye-view is worth the trouble. Tagging and tracking insects offers insights into everything from mass migrations to colony behavior to their destructive appetites for trees and crops.

Photos from the Field
River Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium)
 Photo by Chris Tanis.

Blue Heron at Reflection Riding.
Photo by Chris Tanis.

Leaves of Fothergilla major (Witch Alder).
The fall leaves of this shrub range from purple to yellow.

Detail of the leaf of Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea).
The red color of this versatile shrub adds great color to the fall garden.
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