November 2020 Newsletter
Healing the earth, one yard at a time.
Upcoming Programs & Events
Tennessee Valley Chapter
Annual Meeting
Saturday, November 7
10:00am Eastern Time
Free online via Zoom
For TN Valley Chapter members ONLY

The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones will hold its 2020 Annual Meeting via Zoom this year.

  • Board members and officers for 2021 will be elected. If you are interested in a Board position or if you would like to nominate someone, please contact Kristina in advance of the meeting.
  • Winners of the chapter Photo Contest will be announced.
  • A preview of 2021 programs and events will be shared.
Native Plant Swap
Sunday, November 8
1:00 - 3:00pm Eastern Time
Wild Ones Members Only
Grace Episcopal Church outdoor pavilion
20 Belvoir Ave., Chattanooga TN
(at Belvoir Ave. & Brainerd Road)

Bring a native plant - take home a native plant. Share plants from your garden.

This is an outdoor event. For the safety of all, mask wearing will be required.
Garden Maintenance
Panel Discussion
Monday, November 16
6:00pm Eastern Time

with Lyn Rutherford and invited landscape professionals

FREE and Open to the Public
Virtual meeting via Zoom

It's inevitable! We love to plant new plants, to appreciate their beauty, and to watch the pollinators and wildlife that visit. But with those joys come garden maintenance and management. Join us for a virtual discussion with Lyn Rutherford (Sustainable Landscaper with the City of Chattanooga) and other landscape professionals to learn more about how to manage everything that's growing in our gardens.
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. 

Visit for more information.  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.

Soils & Water
Instructor: Andrea Ludwig, PhD
Saturday, November 14, 2020
9:00am - 12:30pm
Online via Zoom
CORE Class (6 credits)

This class will focus on how soil and water interactions lay the foundation for supporting a functional, healthy landscape. We will frame our conversation around the five soil forming factors of parent material, climate, biota, topography, and time, and take a look at how each of these is at work in our landscape. We will use technology tools but also simply get our hands dirty to help uncover information that will help in management decisions.

Andrea Ludwig, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Ecological Engineering at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
Special Opportunities
"A Focus on Sustainability"

Ecological Landscape Alliance Webinars
The ELA is offering a webinar series geared to landscape professionals, gardeners, and anyone who stewards the land. The series is presented through collaboration of the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA), the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council (CCLC), ReScape, the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) and the Deep Roots Kansas City. Known regionally and nationally for their quality education programs, these organizations are working cooperatively to share knowledge and encourage conversations with landscape professionals and gardeners from around the country and the globe.
Middle Tennessee Chapter
Upcoming Online Program
Monday, November 23
7:00 - 8:30 pm Central Time
Online via Zoom
Current Research and Conservation Action for the Federally Threatened White Fringeless Orchid (Platanthera integrilabia) in Tennessee
with Roger McCoy, Director of the State Division of Natural Areas

Interesting Information
Replacing a Turf Lawn
with Native Alternatives
For those looking to maintain a more traditional look while installing their native plant lawn alternative, there are look-alike native plants. There are native sedges and grasses that have a similar fine textured foliage, naturally low-growing habit, and are adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions for greater installation success.

In this post from Northcreek Nurseries, learn about several species of grasses and sedges that may be suitable for replacing turf lawn.
Photos from the Field
Gray Tree Frog hunting from fallen leaf among asters

Photo by Mike O'Brien

Narrow Leaf Sunflower (Helianthus augustifolius)

Photo by Mike O'Brien
Tree Frog on Purple Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea)

Photo by Mike O'Brien
Jelly fungus
One of the most remarkable features of these fungi is their ability to absorb as much as 60 times their weight in water. When dried, jelly fungi become hard and shriveled; when exposed to water, they return to their original form.

Photo by Mike O'Brien

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

Saturday, November 7, 10:00am
for members of the Tennessee Valley Chapter only
Online via Zoom

Sunday, November 8, 1:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern Time
Plant Swap for Wild Ones Members Only
Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave., Chattanooga TN
Outdoors. Masks required.

Saturday, November 14, 2020, 9:00am - 12:30pm Eastern Time
Certificate in Native Plants class
with Andrea Ludwig, PhD
Online via Zoom

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 6:00pm Eastern Time
Online via Zoom
Free and open to the public

For event details and Zoom links, visit
Under the Programs & Events tab, click on Calendar.

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