FREE program about Invasive Plants on January 9th
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January 2017 Newsletter

In this edition:

Biological Invasions with Dr. Daniel Simberloff - January 9
Film Night & Planning for the Future - February 13
Designing Plant Communities with Claudia West - March 17
Plant Natives 2017! - Designing for Nature Symposium - March 18

April 7-9, 2017

March 4, 2017





Invasive Plants
with Daniel Simberloff

Monday, January 9, 2017
6:00 pm
green|spaces, 63 E. Main St., Chattanooga TN
FREE and open to the public

Pioneering invasion biologist Daniel Simberloff will discuss current issues related to regional invasive species.  Invasion biology studies the patterns displayed by species introduced outside their geographic ranges, the impacts such species have on the communities they invade, and the means by which such invasions can be managed.  Dr. Simberloff will highlight notable local invaders and the ecological impacts they pose, cover current efforts to stem their spread, and describe ways for the public to join this fight.

Dr. Simberloff is a a distinguished professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee.  He directs the University of Tennessee's Institute for Biological Invasions.  He is the co-editor of Encyclopedia of Biological Invasions.

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Wild Ones, Tennessee Valley Chapter
Upcoming Public Programs

Mark these dates on your calendar!
Details coming soon.

February 13
Film Night and Planning for the Future
Film to be announced

April 10
Myths & Realities of Native Plants
Speaker: Wilf Nicholls

May 8
Riparian Plants
Speaker: Bill Phillips

June 12
Prairie Restoration
Panel Discussion

July 10
This Plant, Not That
Speaker: Lisa Huff


Native Plant Symposium
Saturday, March 18, 2017
8:30am - 4:30pm

The 6 th  Annual Native Plant Symposium was created with both casual and experienced gardeners and landscapers in mind. You will leave with practical tips on natural landscaping and plant selection. After this symposium, you will know how to put what you've learned into practice.  

The symposium schedule includes FOUR speaker presentations:

Planting in a Post-Wild World
with Claudia West, author of  Planting in a Post-Wild World

Challenges to Using Native Plants in Commercial and Residential Design:
A Landscape Architect's Perspective 
with Steve Sanchez, Landscape Architect, HGOR

Practical Considerations in Native Plant Landscapes 
with Mike Berkley, owner of GroWild Nursery

Native Plants and Sustainable Landscapes 
with Rick Huffman, BLA, EarthDesigns

The Symposium will be held at the UTC University Center, a spacious, uncrowded, accessible venue with free and ample close-by parking. Claudia West's  Planting in a Post-Wild World  will be available for purchase and signing by the author. 

Nurseries will have native plants and artists will have artworks for sale. You can also browse the various Symposium topics-related exhibits by local organizations. Ample time is provided at midday and at the end of the day to visit exhibits and vendors. We hope that you will be inspired to create your own natural landscape and get to take home a door prize.

Register by March 15 and save $$$$!
Members save $20 on every ticket in advance
Non-Members save $10 on every ticket in advance

Lunch is INCLUDED in all tickets!
Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.

ADDED Program This Year!

Friday Workshop
with Claudia West,
author of "Planting in a Post-Wild World"

Friday, March 17, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us as we dig deeper into the art and science of successful planting design. This interactive all-day workshop with Claudia West will offer a paradigm shift in design, towards biologically functional planting design and low impact maintenance. You will learn how to create beautiful and lasting plant communities for modern landscape needs.

Hands-on design exercises will give you the opportunity to refine newly acquired planting design & management skills so you can successfully apply them to upcoming projects.

Audience: Landscape designers & installers, government and corporate landscape planners, experienced native plant gardeners.

Enrollment for the Friday Workshop is limited to 25 individuals.

Georgia Botanical Society's

Save the Date!
April Wildflower Pilgrimage 
in Chattanooga Area

Greeter Falls in Tracy,Tennessee

Planning is underway for the Georgia Botanical Society's 2017 Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage to be held in Chattanooga, TN on April 7-9, 2017.  Chattanooga is located in the Tennessee River Valley within the Ridge and Valley physiographic region of the Appalachians Mountains. The area benefits from the significant variation in terrain from valley floor to deep mountain coves within the Cumberland Plateau to mountain top sites.   Field trips have been selected to highlight the botanical diversity and richness of the area.   

One consideration for selection of trails for the 2017 Pilgrimage is level of difficulty.  Some trails are virtually flat, thus are rated as EASY, such as the trails of Reflection Riding Arboretum. Some trails are rated MODERATE with some flat areas and some elevation changes such as Sitton's Gulch in Cloudland Canyon State Park.  Trails with significant elevation change are rated STRENUOUS; such as Collin's Gulf in South Cumberland State Park near Gruetli-Laager, TN. All trails should reward the member with a rich array of native wildflowers and plants.  Everyone should find trails on the list to their liking.  

Some of the field trips that are located in East Tennessee and are scheduled for the 2017 Pilgrimage include:


Big Soddy Gulf / Cumberland Trail near Soddy-Daisy, TN

Chattanooga Audubon Society -  Audubon Acres in TN

Collin's Gulf near Gruetli-Laager, TN

Grundy Day Loop Trail near Tracy City, TN

Little Cedar Mountain on Nickajack Lake near Sparta, TN

Trails of Shackleford Ridge on Signal Mountain, TN

Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center near Lookout Mountain, TN

Roaring Creek / Cumberland Trail near Graysville, TN

Shakerag Hollow in Sewanee, TN

Trails in Foster Falls Park near Tracy City, TN

Several perennial favorites of the Georgia Botanical Society that are located in North Georgia are on the list of field trips for the 2017 Pilgrimage.  These trips include Lula Lake Land Trust on Lookout Mountain, Sitton's Gulch in Cloudland Canyon State Park and Shirley Miller Wildflower Trail at the Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, among others.   Several special trips have been planned, including a Botanical Motorcade for roadside botanizing and a trip to view the unique geographical features of the Zahnd Natural Area.  
If you need hotel reservations, please click the info button below. There is no obligation for early registration and cancellations are permitted with notice, if your plans should change.  Register now to obtain significant discounts on room rates.
The 2017 Pilgrimage brochure will be available soon.


Save the Date!
Chattanooga Weed Wrangle
March 4, 2017

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. Typical unwelcome plants are honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica and L. maackii ), Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense ), winter creeper (Euonymus fortunei ), autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata var. parviflora ), English ivy (Hedera helix ) and kudzu (Pueraria montana var. lobata ).

Supervised by an 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.

The Weed Wrangle® started by The Garden Club of Nashville in 2015, expanded to the Knoxville Garden Club, Garden Club of Lookout Mountain, Memphis Garden Club, The Little Garden Club of Memphis, and The Garden Club of Jackson, MS in 2016. All clubs are members of The Garden Club of America and participants in the GCA Partners for Plants program.
Information on the March 4th Chattanooga Weed Wrangle will be coming soon.


Jolly Holly
" Hollies are one of the most used plants for winter decorations such as Christmas. The most familiar species are the evergreen ones that have bright red berries such as  American holly (Ilex opaca) ... this species ... makes a fine landscape tree."  Read more.

A Holiday Break
" If you feel the need for a little break from all the holiday shopping and festivities, I recommend a walk in the woods.  If the ground isn't snow-covered, you might look for Patridgeberry (Mitchella repens) while you are out walking. It's a low evergreen perennial that creeps across the forest floor, resembling strings of tiny holiday garlands." Read  more.

Bacteria Helps Pitcher Plants Trap Insects
"Pity the insect that tumbles into a pitcher plant's trap. The slippery walls and waiting pool of water ensure it won't clamber back out. There's nothing left to do but wait to be digested.  The California pitcher plant (Darlingtonia californica) is also called the cobra lily for its curled-over shape that hides its exit from its victims. Unlike other pitcher plants, it doesn't fill its trap from above with rainwater but from below, drawing water up with its roots. But like others, it seems to use bacteria living in that well to help digest its prey."  Read more.

Atlas of Georgia Plants
"The Atlas of Georgia Plants portal is a means of viewing vouchered herbarium specimens from the University of Georgia and Valdosta State University herbaria. Over 100,000 specimens, some dating back to the 1800s, have been digitized and are now available for online viewing with more to come."  Read more.


Roadside in December
(Photo by Mike O'Brien)

             Moss and shelf fungi on a fallen log among fall leaves
(Photo by Mike O'Brien)


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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. 
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