Great plants for your garden!  Learn about the best ones on July 10th!
Healing the earth, one yard at a time

July 2017 Newsletter

In this edition:

Plant This, Not That - July 10
Summer Landscapes in Progress - July 22
History of Botanical Illustration - August 14
Middle Ocoee Raft Trip to See Rare Asters - September 10
Sunflowers & Relatives - September 11


Bird & Butterfly Gardens - July 15
Plant Form & Function I - September 9
Native Plant Communities - September 16

President's Update
Seeds for Education Grants

Events and Happenings during July




Photo above is Giant Coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima)


Monday, July 10, 2017
6:00 pm, green|spaces
63 E. Main St., Chattanooga
FREE and open to the public

Have you ever wondered what you can plant if you want to get rid of invasive exotic plants on your property, such as English ivy, winter creeper, zebra grass, bush honeysuckle and others, or what you can plant instead of these horrible invaders?   There are lots of great native alternatives to almost any kind of invasive exotic plant.  

Join the Tennessee State Natural Areas regional stewardship ecologist, Lisa Huff, for a presentation to highlight some great alternative native plants to replace or use instead of invasive exotics.  The presentation is specific to exotic species and alternatives in the East Tennessee region.  We will also discuss techniques for getting rid of exotics.  

Saturday, July 22, 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
FREE for Wild Ones Members only

Landscapes in Progress programs are seasonal events that are open to Wild Ones members only.  Our Summer Landscapes in Progress features three gardens of Wild Ones members in the Hixson area. This event is an opportunity to learn about native plant gardening.  

Rather than a traditional "garden  tour" where everything is perfect, Landscapes in Progress is an event where members -- host and visitor -- can ask questions, share information about their own endeavors, and spend time with others dedicated to landscaping with native species. Over time, we have re-visited some of the same gardens to witness the evolution and growth of a landscape, all in the name of becoming better gardeners.  

Registration for the Summer Landscapes in Progress is FREE and limited to 20 participants.  Sign up early to guarantee your spot at this popular event.

Monday, August 14, 2017
6:00 pm, green|spaces
63 E. Main St., Chattanooga
FREE and open to the public

Join botanical artist Linda Fraser to learn about 
the history of botanical illustration, beginning in 1450 BC.

Save the date! 
Our public programs are always on the second Monday of each month.
Look for more details in the next newsletter.

Sunday, September 10
Middle Ocoee River
Wild Ones Members Only

Join Lisa Lemza, Tennessee Valley Wild Ones President, 
for a memorable raft trip on the Middle Ocoee River 
to see Ruth's Golden Aster (P tyopsis ruthii ), 
one of the world's rarest native plants.


We Need Your Help!

The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones is led by a 100% volunteer board, and all of our programs and activities are implemented 100% by volunteers (only our instructors and presenters are compensated in any way).
We invite ALL Wild Ones members, as well as those considering becoming a member, to become involved.  Volunteering is the best way to meet others who are passionate about biodiversity and determined to garden and live responsibly.  Members are an unrivaled source of knowledge on regional conditions and plants, and are willing to share both. Volunteering helps expand the chapter's work in our community and increase our impact as we work to save the world, one yard at a time!

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.

CNP classes are limited to 25 participants.  They fill up quickly, so register now to ensure your place.  

Click the buttons below for program details and registration.

Bird and Butterfly Gardens for Homes and Communities
Instructor: Christine Bock Hunt
Saturday, July 15, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)

Plant Form & Function - Part 1
Instructors: Richard Clements, Mary Priestley
Saturday, September 9, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Reflection Riding Arboretum &  Nature Center
CORE Class (6 credits)

Native Plant Communities
Instructor: Jonathan Evans
Saturday, September 16, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m Central Time
University of the South, Sewanee, TN
CORE Class (6 credits)


Seeds for Education Grants Available.
Apply by August 1st.

Teachers and students across the United States are expanding learning opportunities by  enhancing their schoolyards with butterfly gardens and other pollinator habitats. These projects enrich the learning environment and provide aesthetic and environmental benefits.

By planning, establishing and maintaining such projects, students learn valuable life skills, including patience and teamwork. They can engage parents and the wider community in a project they can point to with pride for years to come.

The Seeds for Education program, offered by the Chattanooga Area Pollinator Partnership (CHAPP), provides assistance for all aspects of such projects.  Cash grants under $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. 

Click HERE for additional information about SFE grants.  Applications for awards for this year are due August 1, 2017.


Wild Ones National Conference

Wild Ones is firmly rooted in the value of native plants and is poised to raise public awareness of natural landscaping. Chapter leaders and members from across the country will attend the 2017 Annual Membership Meeting and Chapter Workshop on August 18 & 19, 2017.  Wild Ones is partnering with the Seno Kenosha/Racine Land Trust Conservancy, located on a 131 acres of woodlands, prairie and wetlands in beautiful southeastern Wisconsin. This location, between Burlington and Lake Geneva, is conveniently close to major airports and to our Wild Ones chapters in Wisconsin and Illinois.  More info.


Apis Mellifera

It buzzes past,
then settles on a coneflower, 
and as the flower sways,
your brain says bee. 
Or perhaps you're a bit
of an apiarist and, out
of all the thousands
of species of bees,
can identify this
particular one as a
honey bee-apis mellifera,
if you will.
Impressive, but I doubt
Abigail or Ambrose,
(the patron saints of beekeepers)
would have been much taken with
such high-blown appellations.
Nor would the bee,
who-as far as we know-has no
need to call itself anything at all,
but simply is what it is
and does what it does, without
the slightest regard for what any of
the rest of us might have to say.

-- Howard Brown
Wild Ones Member


Cullowhee Native Plant Conference
July 19-22
Cullowhee NC

The purpose of the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference is to increase interest in and knowledge of propagating and preserving native southeastern plant species in the landscape. Past participants of the conference have included landscape architects, commercial nursery operators, garden club members, botanists, and horticulturists from state highway departments, universities, native plant societies, botanical gardens, and arboretums. Both professionals and laypersons will gain valuable knowledge from the informative field trips, lectures, and workshops.  Join other members of the Tennessee Valley chapter of Wild Ones at this year's conference.


McCoy Farm & Gardens
Saturday & Sunday, July 22 & 23

Join Dr. Richard Clements for the Midsummer Botanical Walk, Inventory & Assessment on Saturday, July 22 and Kevin Calhoon for the Midsummer Wildlife Walk, Inventory and Assessment on Sunday, July 23.


For Trees to Migrate with Climate,
They Need Help from Microbes
"Individual trees may be rooted to one spot, but populations of trees shift or migrate over time. Seeds are dispersed by wind, water, or animals, and saplings survive anywhere the soil, light, and moisture conditions are right. As those conditions change, new trees occupy new places, a process that takes place over many generations. It can take hundreds or thousands of years for a tree species' range to shift across a continent. But climate is changing today faster than it did at the end of the last ice age, and trees are once again on the move-northward and uphill."   Read more.

Supporting Adult Butterflies in the Garden
"...different flowers support different types of insects. Now that might sound perfectly logical to you once I've said it, but how many of us consider this aspect when choosing plants for our gardens?"  This article includes links to information about attracting specific butterflies over three seasons."  Read more.

Lobed Tickseed  (Coreopsis auriculata).  
Note the 8 ray flowers with each petal showing 4 lobes. 
Photo by Mike O'Brien.

Naked-Flowered Tick Trefoil (Desmodium nudiflorum).
Note its flattened legume fruits.
 Photo by Mike O'Brien.

Narrowleaf Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum tenuifolium)
 Photo by Mike O'Brien

Native Sourwood tree blossoms (Oxydendrum arboretum). 
Pure Sourwood Honey is one of the finest, right up there taste-wise with Tupelo honey from the Cypress Swamps where the Tupelo trees grow. 
Photo by Mike O'Brien.

Virgin Tiger Moth Caterpillar  (Grammia virgo).
Note: Virgin is the actual name, not its mating status. 
Photo by Mike O'Brien

Newly emerged Cicada.
The residual pupal case is colored like clay by the soil from which it emerged. 
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. 
To contact our chapter, email us at