March 2019 Newsletter
Healing the earth, one yard at a time.
2019 Symposium and Marketplace & Expo
Tickets for this year's Symposium are selling fast, 
and there is limited space in the auditorium.
Register NOW to reserve your space!

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.
FREE and open to the public
Saturday, March 16, 2019 
8:00 am ET until 4:30 pm ET
Tennessee Room in the UTC University Center
642 E. Fifth Street, Chattanooga, TN

Symposium Eve Dinner
with the Speakers
Friday, March 15, 2019, 6:00pm
Scottie's on the River
491 Riverfront Pkwy., Chattanooga
$40 per person
Open to Wild Ones members only.
Each member may register for one additional guest.

Wild Ones members are invited to a Symposium Eve dinner at Scottie's on the River in downtown Chattanooga. This annual event is a great opportunity to meet and talk with the speakers – Larry Weaner, Dwayne Estes and Jenny Cruse-Sanders – who will be conducting seminars that day and presenting at the symposium the following day.

Copies of Larry Weaner's book "Garden Revolution" will be on sale at the dinner. Mr. Weaner will be able to autograph copies of the book at this event. If you want to have a signed copy of the book, we strongly recommend that you have it signed during this event, since we cannot guarantee Mr. Weaner's availability at the symposium on Saturday or that the book supply will last.
Upcoming Members-Only Events

Members' Hike to
Jacks Fork of the
Conasauga River
Saturday, March 23, 2019
9:00am - 5:30pm
with Leon Bates
FREE for Members of the TN Valley Chapter
of Wild Ones and family

Our hike will explore the Cohutta Wilderness a remote, mostly-untamed forest that straddles the Georgia-Tennessee border. At 37,000 acres, the Cohutta is the largest wilderness east of the Mississippi River, bisected by two major trout streams, Jacks River and Conasauga River The forest is dense, green and lush, carpeting the wilderness’ rolling mountains and deep river valleys. Wildflowers explode into bloom in late spring. The wilderness is rich with wildlife.

Landscapes in Progress
Saturday, March 23, 2019
10:30am - 1:00pm
Lookout Mountain
FREE for Members of the TN Valley Chapter
of Wild Ones and family

The March 2019   Landscapes in Progress  program features the garden of Wild Ones members John & Jo Pine on Lookout Mountain. Registrants are invited to stay for lunch at 12:00pm, generously provided by Jo and John outdoors on their patio. This program is an opportunity for education, promotion and encouragement of native plant gardening, as well as Wild Ones member appreciation. 

Rather than a traditional "garden tour" where everything is perfect,  Landscapes in Progress  is an event where members -- host and visitor -- can ask questions, share information about their own endeavors, and spend time with others dedicated to landscaping with native species.

Weekend Trip to
Roan Mountain State Park
Friday, June 7 - Sunday, June 9, 2019
Roan Mountain State Park
in Northeastern Tennessee

Join other Wild Ones members for a weekend trip to Roan Mountain State Park to see the Catawba rhododendrons and other unique plants and geography of this Southern Appalachian Mountain area. 
News From Our Chapter
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.

Photo by Donna Bollenbach
at Raccoon Mountain on February 26, 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.
Volunteer to Help Wild Ones!
The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones is led by a 100% volunteer board, and all of our programs and activities are planned and implemented 100% by volunteers; only our instructors and presenters are compensated in any way.

We welcome your involvement. You do not need to be an expert in native plant gardening to be able to help out. Click below and check out current volunteer needs.

Local & Regional Events of Interest
Georgia Native Plant Symposium
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Presented by Georgia Native Plant Society
Middle Georgia State University
Conference Center, Macon GA

Weed Wrangle
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Presented by TN State Parks & Native Areas
Weed Wrangle® is a state-wide clean-up event dedicated to ridding Tennessee of non-native plant species. On Saturday, March 2, 2019, volunteers from across the state will be helping to eradicate invasive plants in public spaces. There are a number of Weed Wrangle locations in east Tennessee. Click below for a location near you.

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

Landscaping for Curb Appeal
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Presented by Earthcare
Ascension Lutheran Church Community Hall
South Germantown Road, East Ridge

This workshop will address landscaping with native plants from a real estate perspective, as well as from a wildlife point of view. The workshop will be presented by Sally Wencel and will begin at 9:30 with a meet and greet with refreshments, followed by the workshop at 10:00.

Native Plant Conference:
Celebrating the Astounding Biodiversity of the Southeast
May 30 - June 2, 2019
Presented by the Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Birmingham AL

Heartwood and TN Heartwood
29th Retreat/Council
May 24-27, 2019
Coker Creek Center in Cherokee National Forest
Near Tellico Plains, TN

Cullowhee Native Plant Conference
July 17-20, 2019
Western Carolina University
in Cullowhee, North Carolina

The purpose of the Cullowhee Conference is to increase interest in and knowledge of propagating and preserving native southeastern plant species in the landscape. Both professionals and laypersons will gain valuable knowledge from the informative field trips, lectures, and workshops.

Interesting Information
How Do Birds Survive the Winter?

It seems logical that most birds flee the northern regions to overwinter somewhere warmer, such as the tropics. Their feat of leaving their homes, navigating and negotiating often stupendous distances twice a year, indicates their great necessity of avoiding the alternative—of staying and enduring howling snowstorms and subzero temperatures.

However, some birds stay and face the dead of winter against seemingly insurmountable odds. That they can and do invites our awe and wonder, for it requires solving two problems simultaneously.

Plants Can Hear Animals
by Using Their Flowers

The latest experiments ... showed that some plants can hear the sounds of animal pollinators and react by rapidly sweetening their nectar ... and tthat other plants make high-pitched noises that lie beyond the scope of human hearing but can nonetheless be detected some distance away.

Photos from the Field
Small, red female flowers of American Hazelnut tree
on the branch in the foreground with the long male catkins in the blurred background.
Photo by Mike O'Brien.

Cedar Waxwings eating berries at South Chickamauga Creek Greenway/Sterchi Farm.
Photo by Donna Bollenbach on February 19, 2019.

Resurrection Fern at Audubon Acres.
Photo by Donna Bollenbach on January 8, 2019.

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