Plant Natives 2018 Symposium, Seminars & Expo coming in March!
Healing the earth, one yard at a time

February 2018 Newsletter
In this edition:

Folklore of Plants - February 12

PLANT NATIVES 2018!  What's the Buzz?

2 Friday Seminars

Symposium-Eve Dinner with the Speakers 

All-Day Saturday Symposium 

Saturday Native Plant Marketplace & Expo 



Application Now Available

March - June 2018 Classes

Day of Gardening - February 24
Trees for All of Tennessee - February 24
Weed Wrangle - March 3


"Pollination is the crucial event in a plant's life because it is essential for production of seed
and future generations of a species."  --  Heather Holm


Monday, February 12
6:00 pm
63 E. Main Street, Chattanooga TN
FREE and open to the public

Join us for an entertaining evening with storyteller and a performance poet Ray Zimmerman.  Ray is the Executive Editor of Southern Light: Twelve Contemporary Southern Poets, and author of the poetry chapbook First DaysHis poetry, nonfiction, and photography have appeared in regional and national publications. 

Pre-registration not necessary.  MORE INFO.


Plant Natives 2018!  What's the Buzz? -- t he seventh annual native plant symposium and seminar weekend -- will be a great opportunity to learn about the types of native pollinators that visit our gardens and how we can foster all parts of their life cycles.  

Featured speakers include:
  • Heather Holm, author of Pollinators of Native Plants and Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide
  • Phyllis Stiles, Founder and Executive Director of Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA
  • Carol ReeseResearch Horticulture Specialist at UT's West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center
Join us for any or ALL of the weekend events:
  • Friday, March 16th.  Two seminars will add depth and detail to the Symposium experience:
    • Morning Seminar: Why and How America's Cities & Campuses are Becoming PC (Pollinator Conscious), with Phyllis Stiles
    • Afternoon Seminar: Designing & Managing Landscapes for Native Bees, with Heather Holm
  • Saturday, March 17th.  
    • All-Day Symposium, featuring Heather Holm, Phyllis Stiles and Carol Reese.  Lunch is included in the ticket price.
    • Native Plant Marketplace and Expo will be free and open to the public from 8:00am - 4:30pm.  Nurseries will have native plants and artists will have artworks for sale. Heather Holm's books will be available for signing. You can also browse various related exhibitions by local organizations.

Register now!  
Early registration discount available for the Symposium!
Wild Ones members save $$ on ALL tickets.

All events will be held in the UTC University Center, 
642 E. 5th Street, Chattanooga TN.
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Volunteer to Help!

100% of the programs, events and activities of the Tennessee Valley Chapter are planned, organized and coordinated by volunteers.  We have no paid staff, so we truly count on the generosity of our members and community volunteers.  

With the upcoming Symposium and all of the community events in April, we need volunteers to help us out.  You don't need any experience to volunteer, and your support will help get the word out about the benefits of landscaping with native plants.  It's also a great way to meet other like-minded people, and if you're participating in the Certificate in Native Plants Program, you can count your time toward the volunteer requirements.

At the Symposium, we need volunteers to help with set-up, registration, greeting and directing guests, distributing lunches, book sales and more.

We also need volunteers to staff our Wild Ones information tables at the following community events: Master Gardeners of Hamilton County Garden Expo, Crabtree Farms Spring Plant Sale, Reflection Riding Spring Plant Sale, Master Gardeners of Bradley County Spring Forward, and the Bee City USA Pollinator Festival.

Please click the button below and be generous with your time for one or more events.  We thank you for your valuable time!

Seeds for Education Grants
Is your school located in the Chattanooga metropolitan area and would you like to:
  • Attract butterflies, bees and other pollinators to your schoolyard with wildflowers and native grasses.
  • Add opportunities for hands-on science in biology, ecology and earth science.
  • Expose students to healthy, outdoor physical activity.
  • Reduce energy consumption and improve storm water management; enhance sustainability and green-school certification.
Teachers and students across the United States are expanding learning opportunities by  enhancing their schoolyards with butterfly gardens and other pollinator habitats. 

CHAPP and Wild Ones offer assistance for all aspects of such projects.  Cash grants of up to $500 are available for plants and seeds , and in-kind donations from Nursery Partners  can help stretch these dollars. We can help you locate experts and information in the Chattanooga area.  

Go to our  SFE Criteria page  to read how we will evaluation an application

Certificate in Native Plants 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. 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.  

Class registration for early 2018 classes is currently open for:

Invasive Plant Control
Instructor - John Evans
Saturday, February 10, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
INFO & REGISTER   Only a few spaces left!

Native Plant Propagation Workshops
Both March classes are SOLD OUT

Spring Wildflower Hike
The hike is SOLD OUT

Introduction to Botanical Drawing
Instructor - Mary Priestley
Saturday, May 12, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center

Native Plant Communities
Instructor - Jon Evans, PhD
Saturday, March 10, 2018
9:00am - 4:00pm CDT
University of the South, Sewanee TN


A Day of Gardening
Presented by the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs, District III

February 24, 9:30am - 2:00pm

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
822 Belvoir Ave.
Chattanooga (East Ridge), TN

A variety of speakers will make presentations,
including four members of Wild Ones:
Lisa Lemza: Native Plants
Kristina Shaneyfelt:  Native Bees
Lyn Rutherford: Sustainable Gardening
Sally Wencel: Propagating Wildflowers

Register Early!
Admission: $20 if registered by 2/17/18; $25 at the door

On February 24th, the Tennessee Environmental Council hopes to plant 250,000 native trees seedlings across the state.   This will be the largest community-tree-planting event in Tennessee history, and is the largest tree-planting event in the United States.  

Find a distribution location to pick up free tree seedlings on February 23 & 24.
Learn about tree habitats for native Tennessee trees.
Read more about the Tennessee Tree Project.

Great Backyard Bird Count
February 16-19

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a fun, simple four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snap-shot of bird populations. It's a study that helps better define bird ranges, populations, migration pathways and conservation  
Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the event and report their sightings online at
Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate anywhere in the world!  
The 21st Annual GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology,   the National Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada. It takes place Friday through Monday, February 16 - 19.  Last year, over 214,000 participants turned in 174,000 online checklists, creating the world's largest instantaneous snapshot of bird populations ever recorded.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Weed Wrangle┬«, is a one-day, citywide, volunteer effort to help rescue our public parks and green spaces from invasive species through hands-on removal of especially harmful trees, vines and flowering plants. 

Supervised by experts in invasive weed management, Weed Wrangle®-volunteers will learn, practice, and begin a habit of maintaining an area free of invasive plants and encourage replanting with natives in removal areas. By engaging our neighbors and challenging them to take action in their own spaces, we hope to create a movement that will have the greatest impact on the invasive plant population.

Click HERE for more information.

Community & Regional Events

The Tennessee Valley Chapter Wild Ones website always features information about other upcoming local and regional events related to native plant gardening and natural landscaping.  

A listing is found on the "Community & Regional Events" page, and a monthly "Calendar" shows everything that's happening in a calendar format.  Both of these webpages are found on the drop-down menu under "Programs" on our website:


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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
The Tennessee Valley Chapter presents 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