Plant and Seed Swap at the Annual Meeting - November 5th
Healing the earth, one yard at a time

November 2016 Newsletter

In this edition:

Annual Meeting (Members Only) - November 5
Holiday Social (Members Only) - December 12

Plant Natives 2017! Symposium
March 18, 2017

Soil and Water - November 12






Annual Meeting &  Native Plant/Seed Swap
of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones

Saturday, November 5, 2016
10:00am - 1:00pm
Greenway Farm


Win a $50 Gift Certificate from Wild Birds Unlimited

Bring a plant... and take home a plant!
Annual Native Plant & Seed Swap

FREE Lunch

On Saturday, November 5th the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones membership will gather at beautiful Greenway Farms to review 2016 and prepare for another great year in 2017.

We will elect  officers for 2017, approve  changes to the bylaws, share our latest  Strategic Plan, and preview upcoming programs for 2017.  

This is our one best opportunity to join together and collectively provide input into the future activities of our chapter. 

The meeting will include morning snacks, beverages and lunch... and will end with another fabulous Native Plant Seed & Plant Swap.  Bring a native plant or native plant seeds to participate,  and take home a new plant for your garden. 

One of our members will win a $50 gift certificate to Wild Birds Unlimited.

This event, including lunch, is FREE for all active members.  

When you register, please indicate if you would like a standard, vegetarian or gluten-free lunch.

Wild Ones Holiday Social
for all members of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones

Monday, December 12, 2016 
6:00 pm
green|spaces, 63 E. Main St., Chattanooga
Wild Ones members and family ONLY

Bring an appetizer 
and enjoy a relaxed time with other Wild Ones members.
We'll provide the wine, beer and beverages.

Instead of presents,
please bring a can of food
to donate to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank

Please RSVP, so we know how many people to expect...


The CNP is a partnership with Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 
the Tennessee Native Plant Society and the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones.

Soils and Water
with Wyn Miller

Saturday, November 12, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center

Over the course of this interactive class, participants will learn about the microscopic world that we cannot see, and how it is the basis of environmental resilience - both in our gardens, and on the planet.  The first portion of the course will look in-depth at soil biological communities, including the differences between degraded "urban" soils and healthy "living" soils (and why that matters), interactions between plants and microbiota, and what you can do to "kick-start" your soil's ecology.  

Students will learn how to diagnose their soil texture, improve the physical/chemical/biological properties of their soil, and be introduced to easy/inexpensive methods of increasing soil carbon and soil biodiversity.  The second half of the class will focus on the impact that soil health has on the larger environment - with specific emphasis on water quality. 

This is a core class for the Certificate in Native Plants and offers 6 credits toward the program's completion. 

Note: There are NO prerequisites for this class.  You do NOT have to be working toward your Certificate in Native Plants to register for this class.

2017 Schedule

January 14
Native Plant Propagation - Seeds 
Elective class with John Evans

February 11
Native Plant Propagation - Woody and Clonal 
Elective class with John Evans

March 11
Ferns & Mosses 
Elective class with Joey Shaw

April 8
Rain Gardens 
Elective class with Wyn Miller

May 13
Native Edible & Medicinal Plants 
Elective class with Holli Richey

June 10
Summer Wildflowers 
Elective class - Instructor TBA

July 15
Bird and Butterfly Gardens
Elective class with Christine Bock Hunt

August 12
Plant Communities 
Core class with Jonathan Evans, PhD 
This class will be held at Sewanee, TN

September 9 & October 14
Plant Form & Function I & II
Core classes with Mary Priestley and Richard Clements

November 11
Landscape & Design 
Elective class with Daniel Talley

Registration for 2017 classes will be open soon.  


Medicinal Plants Workshop
November 5 at Crabtree Farms

Join local herbalist Ali Banks on Saturday, November 5th at 3pm for an afternoon of plant-based medicine making and knowledge sharing. Ali will discuss the class of herbal medicines known as Adaptogens - plant and mushroom allies that help our bodies function more harmoniously, especially during times of stress. These plants and fungi are often called rejuvenating tonics, rasayanas, and restoratives because of the way they assist our bodies and minds in dealing with physical, environmental, and emotional stress. There will be information about herbs that come to us from Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic traditions, as well as the adaptogenic plants that grow right here in the Southeast. With Ali's guidance, the class will explore the herbal energetics of a selection of these plants and formulate a tincture for our individual constitutions. Everyone will take home a bottle of their custom-made medicine.  Click HERE for info and registration.


Nat ive Gardens Outgrow Their "Messy" Reputation
A garden composed of native plants doesn't have to be wild-looking. It can be linear and formal, or modern and Asian-inspired. Simply put, native plants can be used in all garden design styles  in m ost any location - it just require s understanding how the plants grow over time. We're still learning how to use natives, both on their own and in mutually supporting plant communities in urban areas, but here is some inspiration to get you started.   Read more and view photos.

Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, spoke at the Tennessee Valley Wild Ones' symposium in spring 2015.  Specialized relationships between animals and plants are the norm in nature rather than the exception. Plants that evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants that evolved elsewhere.  Dr. Tallamy explains why this is so, why specialized food relationships determine the stability and complexity of the local food webs that support animal diversity, why it is important to restore biodiversity to our residential properties, and what we need to do to make our landscapes living ecosystems once again. In case you missed his presentation in 2015...or if you'd just like to see it again, you can find it on YouTube.  Sit back and enjoy Dr. Tallamy's insightful comments and beautiful photos.    View the presentation.


On October 22nd, Leon Bates led a small group of Wild Ones members on a fall foliage hike to the McKamy Lake area in the Cherokee National Forest.
This photo is the view from the Chilhowee Recreation Area.
(Photo by Terri Joyce)

Meadow at the Chilhowee Recreation Area
(Photo by Terri Joyce)

Black Alder Wooly Aphids - we looked at it under magnification - they usually don't seriously damage the trees
(Photo by Terri Joyce)

American Chestnut saplings still occur in these Appalachian woods, but succumb to the Chestnut Blight before reaching much height. Promising restoration work is being done locally,
crossing with small percentage of European Chestnut to make a resistant variety. (Photo by Terri Joyce)

Beautiful Sourwood tree, a member of the heath family, 
which also includes blueberries and azaleas.
(Photo by Terri Joyce)


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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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