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Members' Newsletter
July 2013
Healing the earth one yard at a time
Upcoming Events Summary

July 8 at 6pm
Mary Priestley
"Nature Journaling"
Grote Hall Auditorium

August 25 at 2pm
Wanda DeWaard
"Mystery and Magic of Monarchs"
Chattanooga State Humanities Auditorium

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Benefits of Membership in the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones

 $10 discount for the 2014
native plant symposium 
presented by the 
Tennessee Valley Chapter 
of Wild Ones.
$5 discount at the 
August 25, 2013 
"Mystery and Magic of Monarchs" program 

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, 
Sunlight Gardens and 
Overhill Gardens.  
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

Upcoming Events
"Nature Journaling" with Mary Priestley
A very special opportunity to meet an amazing environmental activist and learn how to see nature in a new way
Mary Priestley
Monday, July 8
6:00 pm

Free and open to the public.

Grote Hall Auditorium
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
701 Vine Street

Mary Priestley is one of our area's leading environmental activist-volunteers and is the curator of the Sewanee Herbarium.  In addition to her work with the Herbarium, Mary has also served as president of the Tennessee Native Plant Society (TNPS) and of the Friends of South Cumberland State Recreation Area; she has been a hike leader for the TNPS and for the Smoky Mountains Wildflower Pilgrimage. 
Mary is also the author of William's Wildflowers, a children's book showcasing the wildflowers of the South Cumberland Plateau.
This event is NOT just for artists...Mary will provide great tips on how to recognize and appreciate what's happening in the great outdoors.
Drive east on E. 5th Street into the UTC campus.  The cemetery will be on your left.  Pass the University Center and then Holt Hall on the right. Just past Holt Hall, turn right into Parking Lot 10 adjoining the Engineering, Math and Science Building (just before the intersection of 5th and Palmetto). Drive toward the southwest end of that parking lot.
Grote Hall will be ahead and toward the right. Park in the lot next to Grote Hall. Parking is FREE and open at this time of day.

The Mystery & Magic of Monarchs
Guest Speaker: Wanda DeWaard
Sara Bright
Monarch on Aster. Photo by Sara Bright, member of Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones and co-author of "Butterflies of Alabama"

August 25th
2-4 pm

Chattanooga State Humanities Auditorium

Open to the public.

Advance prices:
Members $10
Non-Members $15
$15 & $20 at the door
Click HERE to register.
The Tennessee Valley Chapter of the Wild Ones and the Tennessee Aquarium are partnering with outdoor educator Wanda DeWaard to present "The Mystery and Magic of Monarchs" at Chattanooga State Community College's Humanities Auditorium.
This program will reveal the Monarch butterflies amazing life cycle, including its annual summer migration through this area to its winter hibernation site in Mexico. 
Learn what YOU can do to help the Monarch and other wildlife. Take home a free aster plant to add to your nectar flower garden. 
Wanda is an expert on the Monarch migration and a fascinating speaker; she holds a Masters Degree in Recreation and Outdoor Education. 

Cullowhee Native Plant Conference
Carpooling to the Cullowhee 
Native Plant Conference 
The purpose of the Cullowhee Conference is to increase interest in and knowledge of propagating and preserving native southeastern plant species in the landscape. 


The conference is held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Cullowhee is located between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains, approximately fifty miles west of Asheville. 


A few members of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones have registered for the Conference scheduled for July 17 - 20 in Cullowhee, NC.  For more information about the conference, click HERE.
If you're interested in carpooling, please email Sally Wencel. 

Recent News
Wild for Monarchs Update
Monarch on syriaca
Monarch on Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed). Photo by Sara Bright, member of Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones and co-author of "Butterflies of Alabama"

The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones has been selling and distributing five varieties of milkweed this year, helping to create local Monarch Waystations and reverse the decline of the monarch population in the U.S.  Hopefully, you have already got some milkweed planted in your garden!  

Our volunteer members have been working hard on this project... from milkweed plant sales at the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and the Chattanooga Market... to Sally Wencel's presentation for the Hamilton County Master building a native plant butterfly garden at Reflection Riding.  Click HERE to listen to Sally Wencel and Christine Bock's interview about the "Wild for Monarchs" campaign.

If you need free milkweed for a community or school garden, contact us at
Thanks to "our photographer" Mike O'Brien for all of the photos below.
Milkweed plants
Milkweed plants for sale

Our informational display

Our dedicated volunteers at work!

Eastern Black Swallowtail Pupation
Last month, Mike O'Brien captured an amazing sequence of photos showing the pupation of an Eastern Black Swallowtail.  Here's a vivid reminder about the importance of preserving native habitats for such a beautiful creature.
Day 1
Eastern Black Swallowtail beginning pupation - caterpillar fixed on stem.  
Day 1: May 30, 2013

Day 2
Eastern Black Swallowtail pupation - changing shape. Day 2: May 31, 2013

Eastern Black Swallowtail pupated, completed Chrysalis.  Day 4: June 2, 2013

Newly emerged male, Eastern Black Swallowtail.  Day 12: 8:30 am, June 13, 2013
More Photos from the Garden

Large Milkweed Bug
Large Milkweed Bug on Milkweed

small milkweed bug
Small Milkweed Bug....
notice the different patterns on the back versus the Large Milkweed Bug

Oakleaf hydrangea, with white flowers changing to pink

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


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.