October 2020 Newsletter
Healing the earth, one yard at a time.
Upcoming Programs & Events
If you missed it last month,
here's a chance to view the webinar recording!
The Humane Gardener:
Nurturing a Home Wildlife Habitat
Monday, October 12, 2020
6:00pm (Eastern DST)
Free online via Zoom
with Nancy Lawson

View the webinar recording of Nancy Lawson's presentation last month.

In this myth-busting talk, discover practical ways to put humane gardening philosophies into action by protecting wildlife nurseries, eliminating unintended hazards, nurturing plants that provide food and shelter, and humanely resolving conflicts with mammals and other commonly misunderstood creatures.

By intentionally offering some areas of your landscape to wildlife and gently protecting others, you can replace resistance with coexistence—and watch as your garden grows into a refuge for you and all your wild neighbors.

Nancy is a columnist for All Animals magazine and is the founder of Humane Gardener, an outreach initiative dedicated to cultivating compassion for all creatures great and small through animal-friendly, environmentally sensitive landscaping methods.
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.
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 www.TNValleyWildOnes.org/CNP for more information.  Classes are open to Wild Ones members and non-members, whether or not you are pursuing the certificate.  

Unfortunately, the October CNP class has been cancelled.
Information about the November class will be coming soon.
Special Opportunities
Bumble Bee Basics
now available online
Heather Holm's recent presentation The Bombus Among Us: Bumble Bee Basics, presented by Wild Ones, is now available for viewing online.

Overhill Gardens
Fall 2020 Open House

For the entire month of October, Overhill Gardens is offering 20% off all inventory. The nursery is amazingly alive with blooms, seeds and fruits -- and you know what follows: birds and pollinators at every turn. Join Overhill Gardens in celebration of the natural world and add some natives to your landscape.
Middle Tennessee Chapter
Upcoming Online Programs
Monday, October 26
7:00 - 8:30 pm Central Time
An Introduction to Native Plant Identification
with L.A. Rawlings, Wild Ones member and Tennessee Park Ranger

Monday, November 23
7:00 - 8:30 pm Central Time
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
Goldenrod in the Garden
Solidago is an essential late-season nectar and pollen source for our native pollinators. Supporting dozens of types of insects - from beetle to fly to bee to butterfly - planting this genera will be a welcome addition to any site. It is notorious for it's ability to thrive in tough locations while also maintaining high-ornamental value. The root systems are excellent for erosion control. 

In this post from Northcreek Nurseries, learn about several species of goldenrod, along with tips for how to grow this plant that is a keystone species in the Tennessee Valley.
Former first lady urges Texas to turn off the lights for migrating birds
Laura Bush is asking fellow Texans to turn out the lights in order to protect flocks of migrating birds.

The former first lady posted on social media asking those in the state to “darken the night sky” by turning off all non-essential lights.

She posted a link to BirdCast.info, a site created by Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology which forecasts bird migration patterns using weather, radar and community science data. 

An estimated one billion birds die each year in the US due to collisions with buildings and structures, and migrating birds are particularly at risk. Light pollution in cities can attract them and cause them to become disoriented. 
Photos from the Field
Flower Wasp (Scolia dubia)on Goldenrod (Solidago)

Photo by Mike O'Brien

Red-banded Hairstreak on Boneset flowers

Photo by Mike O'Brien
Carolina Praying Mantis, female
(Stagmomantis carolina) Can be brown or green.

Photo by Mike O'Brien
Two-lined Spittlebug
Its nymphs make foamy nests from waste and mucus that look like spit on plants;
this protects them from predators.
Adults are also called “frog hoppers” for their quick jumping escapes. 

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

October 10, 2020
Certificate in Native Plants class

Monday, October 12, 6:00pm Eastern Time
Nancy Lawson: The Humane Gardener
Webinar re-broadcast
Free Public Program online

Saturday, November 7, 10:00am
Annual Meeting - Tennessee Valley Chapter
for members of the Tennessee Valley Chapter only

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.

November 14, 2020
Certificate in Native Plants class
Information coming soon

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

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