February 2019 Newsletter
Healing the earth, one yard at a time.
Upcoming Programs and Events

Signs of Spring
Monday, February 11, 6:00pm
with Lucy Ellis
green|spaces, 63 E.. Main St., Chattanooga
FREE and open to the public

How can we tell spring is coming? Signs of spring are seen in how plants, birds and insects react to sunlight and temperature changes. Come learn about examples from our backyards and ways we can help buffer effects of climate change with native plants.
2019 Symposium and Marketplace & Expo
Registration Now Open for 8th Annual Symposium!
Saturday, March 16 Symposium
8:00am - 4:30pm
UTC University Center
642 E. 5th St., Chattanooga TN

The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones presents its eighth annual Plant Natives 2019! weekend of activities. The theme for the weekend of events is "Partnering with Nature."

This year's Saturday  Symposium  features Larry Weaner, award-winning landscape designer and author of  Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change.  Weaner advocates shedding conventional gardening's counter-productive practices - tilling, weeding, irrigating and fertilizing - which cause perpetual disturbances that create an irresistible invitation to invasive species. It's not just a matter of using native plants whenever possible but using them in communities that are integrated and resilient.  

Jenny Cruse Sanders and Dwayne Estes round out the speaker lineup for the all-day Symposium on Saturday.

REGISTER EARLY to receive ticket discounts.
* Wild Ones members - $55
* Non-members - $65
* Students with valid ID - $20
* All tickets after March 14th and at the door - $75

ALL Symposium tickets include a vegetarian soup and salad lunch.
News From Our Chapter
Grants Awarded to Local Schools
In January, the Chattanooga Area Pollinator Partnership steering committee awarded two Seeds for Education grants to schools in the Tennessee Valley area. Middle Valley Elementary School and Lookout Mountain School each were awarded $500 toward purchase of native seeds and plants for their pollinator habitat projects.

Seeds for Education grants will be awarded on a semi-annual basis, with grant submission deadlines of March 15 and September 15, with awards going out April 15 and October 15. The application and cover letter explaining the grant can be found on the CHAPP website.
For more information,  contact us.
Give Back Night at
the Flying Squirrel
Thursday, March 21, 2019
5:00 - 12:00pm
Age 21+ only
The Flying Squirrel
55 Johnston St., Chattanooga

In celebration of the first day of spring, the Flying Squirrel Bar will graciously donate a portion of of all sales to the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones! Mark your calendar, bring your friends, and come have drinks, snacks and/or dinner at the Flying Squirrel. It will be a great opportunity to spend time with other Wild Ones, have fun, learn more about Wild Ones AND help our chapter provide grants to schools for the establishment of pollinator gardens.

The Flying Squirrel was a finalist in the AIA contest for the best-designed cafes and bars in the U.S. and is LEED certified.

Ground Cedar ( Diphasiastrum digitatum).
Photo by Donna Bollenbach
at Shackleford Ridge Park
on Signal Mountain in January 2019.
Nature Journaling Group
We get together on Tuesday mornings to enjoy personal creative time in nature. You are free to pursue whatever creative pursuits you desire, whether that be writing, drawing, painting or something else. Sharing what you do is your option. While we encourage and support each other in our creative endeavors, this is not a group designed to provide instruction or feedback.
Certificate in Native Plants
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.

Most CNP classes are limited to 25 participants. They fill up quickly, so register now to ensure your place.  
Biology of Liverworts,
Mosses and Ferns
Saturday, February 9, 2019
I nstructor: Charlotte Freeman
9:00am – 12:00pm
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)
Spring Wildflower Hike
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Instructor: Jon Evans, PhD
9:00am – 12:00pm CST
Shakerag Hollow Trail
Sewanee TN
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)
Limit: 15 participants

PLEASE NOTE: People with mobility and balance issues have found this hike too challenging.
Local Events of Interest
A Day of Gardening
Saturday, February 23, 2019
9:30am - 2:00pm
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
822 Belvoir Ave., East Ridge TN 37412

Presented by The Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.-District III

Gardeners of all levels of interest and experience are welcome to attend presentations on various aspects of gardening. There will be a 50-minute presentation at 10:00, 11:00, and 1:00. At each time slot, there will be three presentations from which to choose. A free lunch of homemade soups, bread, desserts, and drinks will be provided.

Georgia Native Plant Symposium
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Presented by Georgia Native Plant Society
Middle Georgia State University
Conference Center, Macon GA

Spring Garden Festival
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:00am - 4:00pm
Presented by the Bradley County Master Gardeners
Museum Center at Five Points
200 Inman St., Cleveland, TN

More Events of Interest
Monarch Conservation
Webinar Series

The Monarch Joint Venture and the USFWS National Conservation Training Center are hosting a year-long Monarch Conservation Webinar Series on monarch biology, monitoring, and conservation. Archived webinars are available for viewing, and new webinars will be available monthly through the end of 2019.

Click HERE to see the schedule.
The Next Great Backyard
Bird Count is February 15-18

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.

You are invited to participate! For at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count,  February 15-18, 2019, simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world, for as long as you wish!

Interesting Information
Flowers Can Hear Buzzing Bees - And It Makes Their Nectar Sweeter

Sound is so elemental to life and survival that it prompted Tel Aviv University researcher  Lilach Hadany  to ask: What if it wasn’t just animals that could sense sound—what if plants could, too? The first experiments to test this hypothesis suggest that in at least one case, plants  can  hear, and it confers a real evolutionary advantage.

Chatt State Becomes Tennessee's First Certified Bee Campus

Chattanooga State Community College has become the 61st educational institution in the nation and the first campus in Tennessee to be certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, designed to marshal the strengths of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators. Chattanooga State joins more than a hundred other cities and campuses across the country united in improving their landscapes for pollinators. 

Photos from the Field
Shelf mushroom on dead wood, at Audubon Acres.
January 2019 photo by Chris Tanis.

Photo taken at Shackleford Ridge Park on January 15, 2019 by Chris Tanis.

Photo taken on Stringer's Ridge on January 22, 2019 by Chris Tanis.

Gilled mushroom, Shelf mushrooms and Lichen.
Photo by Donna Bollenbach at Shackleford Ridge Park on January 15, 2019.

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