September 2019 Newsletter
Healing the earth, one yard at a time.
Monthly Public Meetings
Plant This, Not That
with Bill Moll
Monday, September 9, 2019
63 E. Main St., Chattanooga TN
FREE and Open to the Public

Although common non-native landscape plants rarely support native insects, they do fill nursery, landscaper and homeowner objectives – that is why they are commonly used. For each of those plants, this program will feature native plants which fill those same objectives and also support a living landscape.

Native Plant Seed Collection
with Lucy Ellis
Monday, October 14 at 6:00 pm
Warner Park Fitness Center Parking Lot
1254 E 3rd St, Chattanooga, TN 37404
FREE and open to the public

Come prepared for a hands on experience at Warner Park where over 80 native plant species thrive in an urban landscape. Learn about the ethics of wild collection, techniques to catch seeds before they disperse, and safe storage. Take home your own Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan) seeds. (Certificate in Native Plant students can gain volunteer credit!)

Meet in the parking lot between the Fitness Center and the Recycle Center. Look for a white truck with City decal.
Registration for September - November
CNP Classes is Now Open!
CNP class sizes are limited and registration IN ADVANCE is required.

Native Landscape Photography
Saturday, September 14, 2019
9:00am – 12:30pm
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
Instructor: J. Paul Moore
CNP Elective Class - 4 credits

Have you wondered how professional photographers see the world as they create amazing images? It's not just about expensive equipment! This class will help you understand light and composition and what goes in to making great images. Maybe as important, you will learn about common mistakes often made in photography and how to avoid them. 

Professional photographer J. Paul Moore will share his thoughts on inspiration and connecting to the natural world in a more meaningful way.

Plant Form & Function:
Part 1
Saturday, October 12, 2019
9:00am – 4:00pm
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
Instructors: Richard Clements, Ph.D. 
Mary Priestley
CNP Core Class – 6 credits

Plant Form & Function:
Part 2
Saturday, November 9, 2019
9:00am – 4:00pm
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
Instructors: Richard Clements, Ph.D.
Mary Priestley
CNP Core Class – 6 credits

News From Our Chapter
Our Volunteer Appreciation Party:
Saturday, September 21st
Invitations for our Volunteer Appreciation Party have gone out via email. If you've volunteered to help our chapter and didn't get our email, please write to us and we'll send you the details.

We'll be celebrating our volunteers with free plants, free lunch and a good time in the garden!

We hope to see you there!
Native plant gardening does not limit your aesthetic choices;
it expands your ethical ones, connecting you to your family,
your children, your children's children, and all other humans
and species who are bound together in ways we ignore
in every aspect of our privileged Western lives.

- Benjamin Vogt

Fall Native Plant Sales
Every Saturday through September 21
Chattanooga TN

September 12-14
Huntsville Botanical Garden
Huntsville AL

September 14 & 15
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Birmingham AL

September 21, 9am - 4pm
Chattanooga TN

September 27 & 28, 8am - 4pm
Fall Plant Sale , featuring 30% off any fruit or nut bearing plants
Vonore TN

October 3-5, 11-12, 19
State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Athens GA

October 19, 8am - 5pm
Fairview TN

November 9
Fall hours: Saturdays 10am - 2pm, September 21- November 2
Canton GA

Local & Regional Happenings
Record & Learn About Plants at Reflection Riding
Reflection Riding is on a mission to record all the flora and fauna on its beautiful 317-acre nature preserve. While there are several native animals in the exhibits, the vast majority of the wildlife can be found out on the property. From rare native flowers to migratory birds, you can see what has been found on the property.

Reflection Riding has an active project on iNaturalist where you can see the observations other visitors and staff have made on the property. Whether you recognize the species or not, you can submit photos or audio files, and the community will help identify your observation. Additionally, you'll be sharing data with the larger scientific community that can be used later for research. Please obscure the location of sensitive or endangered species. Anything you capture on our property will be automatically added to the iNaturalist project! Join in the fun from the iNaturalist app or on the website.
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:
9/5 - Pump Track at Stringers Ridge ( Spears Ave.)
9/26 - Warner Park
10/3 - Patten Rec Center
10/24 - Renaissance Rain Garden

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!

Join the McCoy Farm & Gardens Trail & Grounds Committee

Organizational Meeting:
Thursday, September 5th at 5:30pm

Board member and Grounds Committee Chairman Andy Jones will discuss needs identified and lead a walk about the property to explore those and any other areas of interest. The goal of the meeting is to find Team Captains to build Grounds and Trail maintenance teams.

Everyone is welcome. No experience is necessary. Wear clothing (and insect repellent) appropriate for walking on the trail and in brushy areas. Enter by the 1604 Taft Highway entrance on Signal Mountain, and park in the gravel lot

Questions, or can't come to the meeting, please contact Andy Jones.

Work and Play on the South Chickamauga Greenway

Connect with nature on the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway! The day will begin with a few volunteer service projects along the greenway to help keep this beautiful trail looking its best. After getting your hands dirty, take a closer look at what’s along the greenway with a grassland BioBlitz and recreational opportunities.

Be a part of National Public Lands Day the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. Held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, NPLD brings together hundreds of thousands of individual and organizational volunteers to help restore the country’s public lands.

Partners include South Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance, Trust for Public Land, Southeast Grasslands Initiative, and WildTrails.
Interesting Information
The Making of a Suburban Pollinator Garden

Converting a lawn, or a portion of it, into a pollinator garden can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. With some foresight, good area prep, and a species list adapted to your specific growing conditions, the process is easy and extremely rewarding. There are several methods that can be used to prepare the area for installation, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages.
Plant Blindness: Why Scientists Who Know Nature Are Becoming an Endangered Species

“The U.S. is running short of people who can tell the forest from the trees.” So says a recent  Wall Street Journal  article that is at least partly indicative of the fate of  science  education in the U.S. in recent years. It tells of the growing problem of “plant blindness,” the term used among botanists to indicate the inability of many people, even those in the scientific community, to identify plants.
The Red Oak Tree That Tweets

Deep in a forest of central Massachusetts stands an average red oak tree. Nothing is special about it, except for the fact that it tweets, offering insight into climate change.

Sensors are installed around the tree to measure things such as soil moisture, sap output and temperature. The sensors send that data to a computer program, which automatically analyzes it and tweets about it.
The Wood Wide Web and
"The Understory"

Excerpted from Robert Macfarlane's recently published book,  Underland: A Deep Time Journey , “The Understory” is an examination of the life beneath the forest floor. Encountering the depth and complexity of communication that happens underground, Robert returns to the entangled mutualism at the root of language.
Garden Club of America:
Take the Pledge and
Use Native Plants

The GCA and National Audubon Society are calling on their members – as well as citizens and communities across the country — to  take "The Healthy Yard Pledge"  and plant native plants. The GCA is featuring the pledge on its public and members pages and Audubon is promoting the pledge through Twitter and social media.
Tree Man:
11 Years, 40,000 Trees

Bhaiyyaram had taken a vow in the year 2007 that he would only live for the sake of trees. Today, more than 11 years later, he cares for the 40,000 trees he planted, as they are his own children.
It was a tragedy that led to this life-changing decision.
Photos from the Field
Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista or Cassia fasciculata)
This photo shows the plant's typical five petals. Four of the petals have red at their base, and the fifth petal is entirely yellow. of the ten stamens, four of them develop yellow anthers which will provide food pollen. The other six stamens have red anthers and will provide reproductive pollen. Long tongued bees like the Honey Bee, Leaf Cutter Bee and Bumblebees pollinate the flower. Of interest is the presence of nectar producing glands on the leaf stems which attract a different set of insects like flies, wasps, sweat bees and ants. Leaves collapse when touched, giving rise to the common name Sensitive-plant. The plant is also called Dwarf Cassia and Locust Weed.
Photo by Mike O'Brien.

Male Eastern Carpenter Bee on Goldenrod foliage
Photo by Mike O'Brien.

Question Mark Butterfly Caterpillar
Photo by Mike O'Brien.

Black Saddlebags Dragonfly
Photo by Mike O'Brien.

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