July 2019 Newsletter
Healing the earth, one yard at a time.
Monthly Public Meetings
Managing Large Acreage
An Interactive Panel Discussion
Monday, July 8, 2019
63 E. Main St., Chattanooga TN
FREE and Open to the Public

If your property is measured in acres, rather than fractions of an acre, you know that techniques that work well for smaller tracts may not be practical, affordable or possible on a larger scale.

The panel will share their experiences managing residential, multi-acre sites. This will include material on government programs which can assist you in meeting your goals.

After the short panel presentations, there will be an open discussion where you can share your own experiences and ask question about issues that you have with your larger property. With a diverse, knowledgeable chapter membership, this should be a beneficial discussion.

Whether you have 5 acres or 25 acres, please come to the meeting and participate. These discussions will also apply to more typically-sized residences.

Jump Starting Your Native Plant Garden with Annuals and Groundcovers
with Sally Wencel
Monday, August 12, 2019
63 E. Main St., Chattanooga TN
FREE and Open to the Public

The mantra “sleep, creep and leap” is a good description for the three growing seasons it can take for your native perennials to put on a show in your garden. In the meantime, you can get off to a quicker start using native annuals and groundcovers to provide cover, color, and pollen and nectar in your new planting areas.

Chapter President and Wild Ones national Board member Sally Wencel will present a variety of native annuals, ground covers, and short-lived perennials that we don’t usually think of when planning new garden areas, converting to native gardens or refreshing existing plantings. You might be surprised by the options we have available in this area. 

Upcoming Members-Only Programs

Landscapes in Progress
in Rising Fawn GA
Sunday, July 28, 2019
10:30am - 1:00pm
Rising Fawn, GA
FREE for Members of the TN Valley Chapter
of Wild Ones and family

The July 2019  Landscapes in Progress  program features the garden of Wild Ones members Christy & Leonard Dean in Rising Fawn GA. The property is 10 acres on the brow of Lookout Mountain and slopes downward. There is a natural pond and creek that runs through the property. The Deans are in the process of removing invasives and preserving the property with native plants.

Landscapes in Progress programs are not formal garden tours, but rather are informal opportunities for us to learn from each other about gardening challenges and possible solutions.
Registration for Summer CNP Classes
is Now Open!
CNP class sizes are limited and registration IN ADVANCE is required.

Summer Tree Identification
Instructor: Hill Craddock, PhD
Saturday, July 13, 2019
9:00am – 12:30pm
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
Chattanooga TN
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)


Pressing Plants:
Connecting Science, Art
& the Natural World
Instructor: Mary Priestley,
Sewanee Herbarium Curator
Saturday, August 10, 2019
9:00am – 12:30pm CDT
Sewanee Herbarium
Sewanee TN
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)
News from Our Chapter
Seeds for Education Grants Available for Fall Plantings
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.

CHAPP offers 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. The deadline for the next round of grant application is September 1st. Go to our  Seeds for Education webpage  to learn more.

The Chattanooga Area Pollinator Partnership is
an initiative of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones.
Native Bees at the Creative Discovery Museum
Tennessee Valley Wild Ones Ann Brown and Cheri Hubbard provided an exhibit about native pollinator bees at the Creative Discovery Museum during June. Cheri, our own native bee ("Bombus impatiens") always captures the attention of the kids and helps them discover how bees contribute to a healthy ecosystem. Thanks to Ann and Cheri for spreading the word!

Gardening, as compared to lawn care, tutors us in nature’s ways, fostering an ethic of give-and-take with respect to the land.
Gardens instruct us in the particularities of place …
For if lawn mowing feels like
copying the same sentence over and over,
gardening is like writing out new ones,
an infinitely variable process of invention and discovery. 

-Michael Pollan

Local & Regional Happenings
Rain Garden Guardians
Do you have an interest in doing some hands-on gardening? Do you want to learn more about rain gardens?

On the first (1st) and fourth (4th) Thursday of the month, a Rain Garden Guardians work day will
be scheduled at one of four locations:
7/3 - Spears Ave Pump Track at Stringers Ridge,
1312 Spears Ave.
7/25 - Warner Park
8/1 - John A Patten Park and YFD Center
8/22 - Renaissance Park
9/5 - Spears Ave Pump Track at Stringers Ridge

These public rain garden sites are designed to catch polluted stormwater runoff. Through
natural processes these sites protect our waterways and citizens by filtering water, reducing
flooding, and providing habitat. Each site is a little different; explore a new native plant
landscape each week!

Cullowhee Native Plant Conference
July 17-20, 2019
Western Carolina University
in Cullowhee, North Carolina

The purpose of the Cullowhee Conference is to increase interest in and knowledge of propagating and preserving native southeastern plant species in the landscape. Both professionals and laypersons will gain valuable knowledge from the informative field trips, lectures, and workshops.

Interesting Information
Minnesota wants to pay you to care about bees

The Rusty Patched Bumblebee is  in a pickle . Over the past few decades,  according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the population of the chunky, fuzzy species has fallen by nearly 90 percent... The FWS attributed the bee’s unsteady state to a combination of dwindling grassland habitats, disease, and pesticides.

Officials recently crowned the little creature with  the warm-and-fuzzy title of “state bee,”  and put financial muscle behind efforts to buoy it. The state budget bills freshly signed by Governor Tim Walz include $900,000 earmarked for bee-friendly spaces. From that coffer, the government will foot the bill for some residents who are game to sow a meadow of plants handpicked to enchant bees.

Could we do this in Tennessee?
Wild Bee ID
app and website introduced

North America boasts more than 4,000 species of native bees, which are critical for pollinating nearly three-quarters of the earth's flowering plants. The Wild Bee ID app and website provides an introduction to North America's native bees and can be used as a tool for gardeners to actively support native bee conservation.
Wild Bee ID is a project of Center for Food Safety, a national non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy organization working to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture.
A Ladybug swarm over California was huge enough
to show up on radar

Something strange was happening. On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, the evening sky over San Diego was fairly free of clouds, but meteorologists  saw a thick swirl on their radar . The culprit was a bloom of ladybird beetles, more commonly known as ladybugs. The little beetles were soaring more than a mile above the ground in a diffuse cluster many miles wide.
Reflection Riding
Arboretum & Nature Center
is fighting invasive plants

Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center is leading a local fight against invasive species through an effort to rid the nature center of privet, honeysuckle and other plants to allow native varieties to grow.

The endeavor started more than a year ago when the center hired a group to clear out about 15 acres where the invasive plants were thickest. Now, volunteers are helping clear privet from the other 302 acres, and they are being asked to take home and apply the lessons they learned.
Native plants regenerate
on their own
after invasive shrubs are removed

Invasive shrubs have become increasingly prevalent in the deciduous forests of eastern North America -- often creating a dense understory that outcompetes native plants. Many land managers would like to remove the invaders, but worry about what happens afterwards. 

In a recently released study, researchers report that seven years after the initial removal of invasives, native plants had regenerated and filled the gap on their own -- and they did so to a much greater extent than expected.
Research explores the link between native plant cultivars and insect species

Researchers at Mt. Cuba Center and the University of Delaware found that many cultivars of native plants are just as attractive a food source for leaf-eating insects as their wild counterparts.

Consistent results across this study suggest that leaf-eating insects consume native plant cultivars at a similar rate to their wild counterparts, except for plants that have been selected or bred to produce red or purple leaves.

Researchers led by Doug Tallamy, professor of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware, used a variety of trials to determine the feeding preferences of leaf-eating insects.
New Book by Doug Tallamy Coming in February 2020
"Doug Tallamy is a quiet revolutionary and a hero of our time, taking back the future one yard at a time. In  Nature's Best Hope , he shows how each of us can help turn our cities, towns and world into engines of biodiversity and human health." 

Richard Louv, author of  The Nature Principle
and  Last Child in the Woods

Photos from the Field
Male Diana Fritillary Butterfly on Thistle.
Photo by Mike O'Brien.

Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar in leaf roll on Spicebush.
Photo by Mike O'Brien.

Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
Photo by Mike O'Brien.

Flower Fly on Elderberry leaf.
Photo by Mike O'Brien.
Zebra Flower Longhorn Beetle on Ipomoea pandurata (Wild Potato Vine), a morning glory type of flower.
Photo by Mike O'Brien

Newly-emerged Pearl Crescent Butterfly.
Photo by Mike O'Brien
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