Wild Ones - Tennessee Valley Chapter
 Healing the earth, one yard at a time

April 2015 Newsletter
Upcoming Wild Ones Events...
see more details in this newsletter below.

Saturday, March 28

Creating a Meadow
Bob Gray

Members Only

Saturday, April 4

Spring Seasonal Hike
John Evans and 
Holli Richey
Members Only


Saturday, May 2

Woody Plant 
Propagation Workshop
& Visit to Huntsville Botanical Gardens

Members Only


Monday, May 11
Chapter Meeting at green/spaces

20 Native Plants to Replace Exotics 
in your Landscape
with Daniel Talley

 Public Program
Quick Links
Benefits of Membership in the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones

Invitations to
*"Landscapes in Progress" garden visit programs   

*Guided Native Plant & 
Wildflower Walks  
*Native Plant Rescues 
*Native Plant Nursery Visits 
E-mail notices about 
upcoming local native plant EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS 
and events.
from local landscapers 
and nurseries, 
Show your Wild Ones 
membership card to receive 
10% off at these nurseries.
with a group of
 local gardeners
 interested in 
native plant landscaping.
PLUS all the benefits of a 
national Wild Ones membership, including  the 
New Member Handbook 
with practical ways 
to add native plants to 
your  landscape ...
AND the quarterly 
Wild Ones Journal

Spring Native Plant Sale
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
Thursday, April 9, 2-7pm
Friday & Saturday, April 10 & 11, 9am-4pm


Make your plans now to attend the 28th Annual Native Plant Sale at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center.


For the best selection of plants, Reflection Riding members will have a special opportunity to purchase plants during a new Members-Only Pre-Sale event on Thursday, April 9, from 2 to 7 pm. Reflection Riding memberships can be purchased on site during the event. 


The Plant Sale will be free and open to the public on Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11, from 9 am to 4 pm. 


More than 130 species of native plants, propagated at the Reflection Riding nursery, will be available. Experienced staff and expert volunteers will help visitors select plants and learn about the importance of using native plants to support wildlife and create a sense of place. 


Special programming during the Friday and Saturday event includes author Ronald Lance who will show how to identify 20 different species of native hawthornes, and be available to sign his newest book. Each day there will be a discussion of Spring Ephemerals with Chris Mahoney, a hike with naturalist and story teller Michael Green highlighting the treasured spring ephemeral wildflowers, and a presentation by Director of Wildlife Tish Gailmard about RRANC's native raptors and snakes. 

Visit www.reflectionriding.org or call 423-821-1160 for

more information about scheduled programs and naturalist-led wildflower hikes on Friday and Saturday.


Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center is located at 400 Garden Road in Chattanooga, at the base of Lookout Mountain.

Request for Wild Ones Volunteers!

Volunteers are needed to help staff the Tennessee Valley Wild Ones booth at the spring plant sale at Reflection Riding.  The dates of the sale are Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11.  Two shifts need to be covered each day.  The shifts are from 9 AM until 1 PM and from 1 PM until 5 PM.  Two volunteers are needed for each shift.

Tennessee Valley Wild Ones uses this venue to promote our local chapter of Wild Ones and, as always, to promote responsible stewardship of the ecosystem, starting with our own backyards.  

Anyone interested in volunteering for one or more shifts during the plant sale should contact Louise at  louisegilley@gmail.com.


Upcoming Events 
 for Tennessee Valley Wild Ones Members

Only a few spaces left!

Creating a Meadow
with Bob Gray
Saturday, March 28, 10am - 12pm

At this special event on Signal Mountain, we will learn about how to start and manage a meadow and observe a prescribed burn conducted by Bob Gray, a certified burner and retired park ranger.  After the morning's session, we will enjoy a picnic lunch at this family-owned apple orchard.  

T o sign up and get more information, email  tnvalleywildones@gmail.com .

This event is reserved for members of Wild Ones.
Interested?  Join Wild Ones.

Spring Seasonal Hike
with John Evans and Holli Richey
Saturday, April 4
10:00am - 12:15pm

This will be the first of our four seasonal hikes to be led by ecologist John Evans and herbalist Holli Richey.  These hikes will explore one local natural area in each of four seasons to see how our native plants change and vary through the year.  

Each seasonal hike will be held at the Rock Creek Segment of the Cumberland Trail.

To sign up for the April 4 hike and get more information, email us at  tnvalleywildones@gmail.com

This event is reserved for Wild Ones members only.
Interested?   Join us!

Member Trip to Overhill Gardens
Vonore, TN
Wednesday, April 15

Wild Ones members will make a field trip to Overhill Gardens Native Plant Nursery on Wednesday, April 15.  This is a member-only event but you may bring a guest.  Please sign up by email.  

Wild Ones members receive a 10% discount on plant purchases.

If you haven't been to Overhill Gardens, it's time you go!


Visit the Overhill Gardens website.

More Events in the Area

Two Mountain
March Wildflower Madness
Two programs on two mountains
presented by 
the Friends of the Cumberland Trail
Friday, March 27 - Lookout Mountain
Saturday, March 28 - Signal Mountain
10am - 4pm both days


You are cordially invited to learn how to reconnect gardens and public areas with nature by using native wildflowers, shrubs, trees, grasses and perennials. 


There will be informal workshops on gardening with native plants and information about the restoration project on new land acquisitions on the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail that will extend 350 miles from Cumberland Gap to Lookout Mountain as part of the Great Eastern Trail.


Workshops (both Friday and Saturday): 

  • 11 am: Gardening for Pollinators
  • 1 pm: Removing Pest Plants, Native alternatives to Exotics
  • 2pm: The Cumberland Seeds Project and Ecological Restoration
  • 3pm: Working with your native soils - Stop fighting the Mother Rock and start winning

A wide variety of native wildflowers, azaleas, perennials for sun and shade, flowering shrubs that support pollinators and feed the birds, as well as trees that do the hard work of providing food for the entire food web will be available for sale. Click HERE to check the plant list. You can also email ahead of time with your order at trailheadnursery@gmail.com and plants will be brought to Lookout Mountain for Friday pickup or held at the Trailhead Nursery for Saturday pickup.


Friday's event will be on Lookout Mountain, in the parking lot across from the Post Office at 824 Scenic Highway.  Saturday's event will be on Signal Mountain at Trailhead Nursery, 54 Miller Cove Road in Lone Oak, TN.


For more info, view the flyer.


The Healing Power of Plants
a film documentary screening
Sunday, March 29, 1:00 - 3:30pm
Center for Mindful Living
1212 McCallie Ave.

Numen, defined as the animating force in nature, is a 75-minute documentary film focusing on the healing power of plants and the natural world.


Featuring stunning footage of medicinal plants and thought-provoking interviews with Drs. Tiearona Lowdog and Larry Dossey, the late Bill Mitchell, ND, author Kenny Ausubel, herbalists Rosemary Gladstar, Phyllis Light and many others, the film calls for a re-awakening of traditional knowledge about plants and their uses.


Numen is for herbalists, gardeners, medical practitioners, plant lovers-and everyone concerned about human and environmental health. It offers an introduction to the following topics:

  • Whole plant medicine
  • Ecological medicine
  • Environmental toxins
  • The limits of allopathic medicine
  • Spirit and healing and more

A primary objective of Numen is to bring the same awareness to medicine and the medical industry that the organic food movement has brought to food and the food industry. The film presents a sobering view of conventional healthcare and the dangers of environmental insults, as well as a vision of safe, effective and sustainable medicine. It offers stories about how individuals have improved their own health and well-being and provides concrete steps for viewers to do so as well. Most broadly, the film encourages viewers to think deeply about the sources of their medicine and how their healthcare choices affect themselves and the larger web of life. It inspires us all to deepen our relationship with the natural world and reminds us of the healing made possible by re-embracing our place in the wider web of life."


There is a $5 suggested donation.

Wild Ones Events Coming in May

Woody Plant 
Propagation Workshop 
with Vernon Bush
at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens
Saturday, May 2, 9am - 3pm EST


Back by popular demand, Vernon Bush will conduct a plant propagation workshop at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens [Alabama].  The workshop will include hands-on techniques for rooting plants, especially woody plants such as native azaleas and other rhododendrons.  May is a good time of year to work with softwood cuttings.


The workshop registration fee is $20.00 per person and includes all materials for plant propagation -- fungicides, container, rooting mixture and softwood cuttings.  You will leave with plants for your garden.


The class is limited to 15 participants - Wild Ones members only. To sign up, email us to hold your reservation. 


Participants will pay the workshop fee to the Huntsville Botanical Gardens upon arrival on May 2.


Weather permitting, Wild Ones members may use this opportunity to enjoy the beautiful native plant garden display of late spring wildflowers. A $12.00 regular or $10.00 senior admission is required for the Huntsville Botanical Gardens.


Participants will also be encouraged to visit the Jackson Co. Arboretum en-route after the workshop.


Vernon Bush is a volunteer plantsman and rhododendron expert and currently involved with expanding the native plant gardens at Huntsville Botanical Garden.  He established and continues to volunteer at the Jackson County, Alabama Park and Arboretum near Scottsboro, AL.


This event is reserved for Wild Ones members only.

Interested?  Join us!


Monthly  Chapter Meeting in May

20 Native Plants to Replace Exotics in Your Landscape
with Daniel Talley
Monday, May 11, 6pm
63 E. Main Street, Chattanooga TN

FREE and Open to the Public


Are you ready to replace some of the non-native exotic plants in your landscape with some native plants?  Then, this meeting is for you.


Botanica Chattanooga, LLC co-owner Daniel Talley will share information about twenty native plants, suitable for our region, that can be used in your landscape.


Giving to Support Our Local Mission
As you plan your yearly charitable giving, please consider supporting the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones. Your membership dues cover only a portion of our annual operating expenses.  The remainder comes from program admission fees and tax-deductible donations.

You may choose to direct your donation for one of three purposes:

Educational Scholarships are used to pay for program admission fees for people who cannot afford to pay.  Examples of programs this donation supports are the annual native plant symposium and special speaker events.  

Tennessee Valley Wild Ones searches across the region and country for excellent speakers on a variety of topics, from pollinator health to landscape design.  You can help us continue to offer high quality programming and help reduce the event admission fees we charge by contributing to the Speakers Fund. 

If you would like us to use your gift to support whatever is our greatest need, you may use this general fund option.

Thanks for your generosity!

Photos from the Garden
from Wild Ones member Mike O'Brien
Mike has shared his photos below of some of the more common Early Spring butterflies which now can be seen on native Redbud trees, with the exception of the Falcate Orangetip which is a low flier at around ground level. Henry's Elfin and Juniper Hairstreaks can also be seen on the Redbud trees over the next few weeks. All of these butterflies are small, being dime to nickel-sized.  Be sure to take the time to look for these beautiful butterflies.

Falcate Orangetip, male, dorsal
Spring Azure on Redbud
Red-banded Hairstreak on Redbud

Juvenal's Duskywing on Redbud
Eastern Pine Elfin on Redbud

More recent photos from Mike.....

Pine Siskins
Cecropia Moth Cocoon

Tulip Poplar tree silhouette

Wild Ones: Native Plants. Natural Landscapes is a national non-profit organization with over 50 chapters in 13 states that promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Please read more information about Wild Ones at www.wildones.org.


We offer guest speakers, field trips and other special events throughout the year, as well as an annual native plant and natural landscaping symposium in early spring.