January 2021 Newsletter
Healing the earth, one yard at a time.
Upcoming Programs & Events
An Introduction
to Rare Plant Surveys
Monday, January 11, 2021
6:00pm Eastern Time

FREE and Open to the Public
Virtual meeting via Zoom

Clea Cartwright will speak about the process for conducting rare plant surveys and share her experiences with relocations and floristic inventories. The results of rare plant surveys have wider implications for land conservation, and there are several organizations who utilize this data. She will also discuss what you can do to help locate rare plants and assist in conservation efforts. 
Clea Cartwright is an environmental consultant and owns Circadian Consulting. Since earning a master’s degree in botany in 2012, Clea gained nearly 10 years of experience in the environmental field. She has worked as a botanist in northwestern Montana, Ohio, and Tennessee, and has worked on dozens of projects throughout the United States
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. 

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.

Visit www.TNValleyWildOnes.org/CNP for more information.  

Landscape Design
Instructor: Caleb Melchior, RLA, ASLA
Saturday, January 9, 2021
9:00am - 12:30pm (Eastern time)
Online via Zoom
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)

Interested in using native plants in landscapes but unsure how to go about creating a useful design? Learn from an experienced landscape architect who’s made and managed gardens across the southeast. Caleb Melchior will teach you how to understand your site conditions, identify parallel ecosystems, choose plants for your landscape, and combine those plants into beautiful easy-care communities. He’ll explain what designers look for – and how to bring that approach to your own sites. Your pre-class homework assignment will include finding your own site and selecting plants to work with.
Exotic Invasives
Instructor: Byron Brooks, Invasive Plants Specialist
Saturday, February 13, 2021
9:00am - 12:30pm (Eastern time)
Online via Zoom
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)

How did these exotic invasive plants get here from their native habitat, continent, or bioregion?  Why are the exotic invasives, for the most part, from Asia and other similar biomes? Why do they become invasive? What reproductive advantages do they have that allows their invasion?  Find out why and how these plants are detrimental to native plant communities and what we can do about them.
Community News

Native Plant Gardens Coming to Waldens Ridge

Gardeners are gathering on Waldens Ridge for a fresh look at natives plantings and gardens, sponsored by new Walden town mayor Lee Davis. Sites across the plateau have been identified for native plantings, including Walden's town signs, community centers, and civic buildings. 

For more information or if you're interested in being part of a native planting team, contact Sallie Ford.

Online Programs of Interest
Native Plant Programs Online
Upcoming classes include:
• Creating Space for Nature Play at Home
• Designing a Rain Garden
and more...
Interesting Information
Who Will Save the
Slender Yoke-Moss?
With ecosystems collapsing all around, is survival something we offer only to conventionally attractive plants like roses and redwoods, or plants that we hope could cure cancer?
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, January 11, 2021 - 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 TNValleyWildOnes.org
Under the Programs & Events tab, click on Calendar.

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