December 2020 Newsletter
Healing the earth, one yard at a time.
Upcoming Programs & Events
Book Discussion:
From Art to Landscape: Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design
Monday, December 14
6:00pm Eastern Time

FREE and Open to the Public
Virtual meeting via Zoom

Garden designers face some daunting questions: How do I begin the creative process? Where can I find design inspiration? How will I know if my design is successful? 

In From Art to Landscape: Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design, landscape architect and artist W. Gary Smith explores the various means that artists use—including drawing, painting, sculpture, meditation, poetry, and dance—to create personal connections with the landscape that enrich and inform garden design. 

Join us for an informal discussion about the book.
Plant Natives 2021!
Virtual Symposium & Expo
Friday - Sunday, March 19-21, 2021

Outdoor Native Plant Marketplace
Saturday, March 27, 2021

The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones will present its first virtual online Symposium and Expo in March 2021. In three half-day afternoon sessions, seven speakers will present live webinar programs to educate and inspire home gardeners and landscape professionals about native plant gardening and responsible landscaping. Recorded webinars will be available to registrants through the end of the year.

And on March 27th, there will be an outdoor Native Plant Marketplace featuring regional native plant nurseries and other vendors and artists.

More info is coming soon!
Upcoming CNP Classes

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. The CNP offers a blend of classroom instruction, hands-on learning and guided hikes. Participants are required to complete four core classes, eight electives, and 40 hours of volunteering for approved native plant projects. 

Visit for more information.  Classes are open to Wild Ones members and non-members, whether or not you are pursuing the certificate.  Classes fill quickly and pre-registration is required.

Registration will be open soon for 2021 classes, but in the meantime, you can view the schedule by clicking the link below.

News from Our Chapter
2021 Board and Officers Elected
At the November Annual Meeting,
the following 2021 chapter Board officers were elected:

President: Kristina Shaneyfelt
Vice-President: Beverly Inman-Ebel
Secretary: Gayle Tucker
Treasurer - John Pine

Board Members-at-Large:
Alison Hoffmann
Bianca Pratorius
Marissa Corbitt

Additional chapter leadership includes:

Volunteer Coordinator:
Lena Hall

Committee Chairs:

Certificate in Native Plants Committee
Lena Hall & Charlotte Freeman
CNP Manager: Marcia Stevens

Programs Committee
Lyn Rutherford & Marissa Corbitt

Symposium 2021 Committee
Kristina Shaneyfelt, Marinell Morgan & Nora Bernhardt

Membership Committee
Marti Owensby & Kit Hanley

Public Information & Community Outreach Committee
Ann Brown & Lucy Scanlon

Marketing & Communications Committee
Erin Thurman & Nora Bernhardt

Habitat Hero Awards Committee
Bill Moll

Chattanooga Area Pollinator Partnership Committee
Kristina Shaneyfelt & Kate George

Winners of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones' first Photo contest were announced at the Annual Meeting in November.

Awards were made in three categories: Native Plants & Flowers, Pollinators, and Native Wildlife & Plants.

Thanks to all who entered the contest. Your photos showcase the incredible beauty of the native plants and wildlife of the Tennessee Valley.

And many thanks to our contest judge Kim Hubbard for inspiring us to create this special opportunity for our members.
Special Opportunities
Roundtable Discussion:
Fall & Winter Garden Maintenance
Did you miss our November meeting with Lyn Rutherford, Green Infrastructure Specialist for the City of Chattanooga, and Scotty Smith, Director of Land Conservation for Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center?

You can view the recording here.
Interesting Information
Why is the world so beautiful? An Indigenous Botanist on the Spirit of Life in Everything
"Western science is a powerful way of knowing, but it isn't the only one," says Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants. In this podcast, learn what mosses can teach us about living during this pandemic.
The Social Life of Forests
This article published by the New York Times, follows Suzanne Simard, a key inspiration for a central character in Richard Powers’s 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Overstory”: the visionary botanist Patricia Westerford. 

"The trees, understory plants, fungi and microbes in a forest are so thoroughly connected, communicative and codependent that some scientists have described them as superorganisms. Recent research suggests that mycorrhizal networks also perfuse prairies, grasslands, chaparral and Arctic tundra — essentially everywhere there is life on land. Together, these symbiotic partners knit Earth’s soils into nearly contiguous living networks of unfathomable scale and complexity."

Field Guide to Native Oak Species of North America
Oaks are primarily temperate region trees and shrubs numbering approximately 600 species worldwide. Oaks have occupied the non-glaciated landscape of North America since the Cretaceous Period. Fifty oak species are represented in two-thirds of the eastern North American forest cover types and dominate 68 percent of hardwood forests.

The USDA compiled a field guide to the native oak species of Eastern North America in 2003, and it is available in a downloadable pdf format. The Field Guide includes photos, drawings and distribution maps for the oak species of our region. The pdf file is 175-pages, so you may consider downloading it and having it available on whatever electronic device you use.
Photos from the Field
First Place in "Native Wildlife & Native Plants" category of Photo Contest 2020!

Predator (an immature Wheel Bug) … and prey (a flower beetle)
… on Echinacea tennesseensis (Tennessee coneflower)

The predator Wheel Bug is a type of assassin bug. It is very common in our area in the summer and the adult stage is large and dark gray with a cog-like, half wheel spine on it dorsal thorax.

Photo by Rosabelle Gorman

Wheel Bug
Here's a close-up photo of the wheel bug, which also appears in Rosabelle Gorman's photo above. This photo shows an adult Wheel Bug with its dorsal spine and sharp proboscis, used for piercing prey, folded below the head like a scimitar. The adult Wheel Bug is approximately 1" long and is capable of flying. For more information about Wheel Bugs, click HERE.

Thanks to Mike O'Brien for the information about the Wheel Bug
and for this close-up photo.
Join Wild Ones!
Joining or Renewing
Your Wild Ones Membership?
Join a community of native plant enthusiasts – novices to experts – making a difference by establishing and preserving communities of native plants in home landscapes, schools, businesses, and communities.

AND receive benefits, including discounted admission for our annual Symposium and Certificate in Native Plants classes. As a member, you'll also be invited to members-only hikes, garden visits and social events.
Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones
Upcoming Event Calendar

Monday, December 14, 2020 - 6:00pm Eastern Time
Online via Zoom
Free and open to the public

Plant Natives 2021!
Virtual Symposium & Expo
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, March 19, 20 & 21, 2021
Registration information coming soon

Plant Natives 2021!
Spring Native Plant Marketplace
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Details coming soon

For event details and Zoom links, visit
Under the Programs & Events tab, click on Calendar.

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