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

 July 2014 Newsletter
Upcoming Events Summary

Thursday, July 24
Janisse Ray at
University Center
Raccoon Mtn. Room
Monday, August 11
Linda Fraser at 


Saturday, August 30
Trip to May Prairie
with Dennis Horn



October 24-26
Trip to Reelfoot Lake
with Leon Bates



January 24, 2015
4th Annual
Native Plant Symposium
with Doug Tallamy,
Keynote Speaker


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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

Upcoming Events
Janisse Ray
Thursday, July 24th, 7:00pm

with Janisse Ray


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
University Center
Raccoon Mountain Room
$5 for Wild Ones members 
$15 for the general public

Award-winning author, naturalist and activist Janisse Ray will give a talk in Chattanooga about heirloom seeds, agrodiversity and the future of food.
Ray is the author of five books of literary nonfiction, including her first, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood. The author advocates for the protection and restoration of the pine flatwoods of the South. The book earned Ray the Southeastern Booksellers Award for Nonfiction, an American Book Award, the Southern Environmental Law Center Award for Outstanding Writing and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award.  In 2002, the Georgia Center for the Book named it a book all Georgians should read.

Her latest book, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food, is a look at heirloom seeds and the future of food. 


She was the John and Renee Grisham writer-in-residence for the 2003-04 academic year at the University of Mississippi.  Currently she is the William Kittredge Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Montana.  She is on the faculty of Chatham University's low-residency MFA program and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow.


Ray attempts to live a simple, sustainable life on an organic farm in southern Georgia with her husband, Raven Waters and their daughter.


This program is presented in partnership with the UTC Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences.


Click HERE for directions to the UTC University Center.

The Raccoon Room is across from the bookstore on the ground level of the University Center.  Park in the garage across 5th Street front he University Center.

Botanical Drawing
with Linda Fraser
Monday, August 11th, 6PM
at green|spaces
Join us for a delightful evening talk with botanical artist Linda Fraser.  Linda will bring some of her favorite illustrations and tell us "how she does it".  She will also share the great stories that accompany the plants and the hidden critters that inhabit them.

Linda was featured in a Georgia Public Television special entitled,  "Your World, Your Choice" and she has illustrated "Gardening 'Round Atlanta" and "Bird Watch in Georgia." She has been a board member of Georgia Native Plant Society and is also a member of the Tennessee Valley Wild Ones.


For more information about Linda please visit her website: 

Linda Fraser, Botanical Artist

This member meeting is FREE and open to the public.
green|spaces is located at:
63 E Main St, Chattanooga, TN
Doug Tallamy to Address
 Tennessee Valley Wild Ones at
2015 Native Plant Symposium 
Saturday, January 24, 2015

Award winning writer, ecologist and entomologist Doug Tallamy will be the keynote speaker at the 4th Annual Native Plant Symposium on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Chattanooga State Community College.  Dr. Tallamy encourages and inspires his audiences to increase the biodiversity of our landscapes with native plants to save the plants and animals we are losing at an ever-increasing rate.  
Dr. Tallamy is a professor and chair of the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has taught insect taxonomy, behavioral ecology, and other subjects.  He is the author of Bringing Nature Home which won the Silver Medal from the Garden Writer's Association in 2008 and the recently published book he wrote with landscape designer Rick Darke The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden.  
He is an Honorary National Director of Wild Ones, Native Plants, Natural Landscapes and is regarded as one of the leading voices for designing healthy ecosystems in our public and private spaces by using native plants.  Tallamy was awarded the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd Jr. Ward of Excellence in 2013.
More Symposium details will be available soon.
New Butterfly Garden at Reflection Riding.
The Garden is Growing!
With the warm summer weather the new Butterfly Garden at Reflection Riding is growing by leaps and bounds.  The garden which was designed and planted by our own Wild Ones is turning into destination point at the Arboretum.  Two wedding were held at the arbor this spring, and many visitors have walked through this beautiful garden.  New signage was also purchased by our own Wild Ones and was installed by Arboretum staff.  Please see photos below!

If you're interested in joining a group of Wild Ones who will maintain the garden, please email Cheri.  This will also be a great opportunity to learn about growing plants for your own pollinator garden and to have fun with fellow Wild Ones.

 The garden beds are filling out

 The new arbor surrounded by color and pollinators

 Gray-headed cone flower in the garden

 New signage donated by Tennessee Valley Wild Ones.

 The butterflies are coming!

 Pollinators on gray-headed coneflowers

 Pollinators on Purple Coneflower

 Sunflowers in full bloom
More Upcoming Programs.....
Saturday, August 30th 
Field Trip to May Prairie

with Dennis Horn


Join us on a field trip to May Prairie where Dennis Horn will provide a walking tour of this beautiful 346-acre natural area in Coffee County, TN.  The Prairie features an open grassland community and oak barrens that that are surrounded by oak forest.  In late summer many species of sunflower are common. May Prairie is one of the State's most floristically diverse natural areas with 25 rare plant species and more than 300 total plant species.

Dennis Horn is an engineer, naturalist, amateur botanist, and wildflower photographer who makes his home in Tullahoma, Tennessee. He is currently vice president of the Tennessee Native Plants Society.


This trip is for Wild Ones members only.  

Limit 15 participants.

Carpools leave Chattanooga at 8am and return by 5pm.  

> make your reservation

Weekend Field Trip to Reelfoot Lake
 with Leon Bates
October 24-26
Join us for a three-day excursion to this beautiful natural wonder in Northwest Tennessee.  Carpools will leave on Friday and return Sunday afternoon.  The trip will be highlighted by a 3-hour pontoon boat excursion on Saturday morning.  Lodging available at the Cypress Point Resort.  


This trip is for Wild Ones members only.  

Limit 20 participants.

Carpools leave Chattanooga Friday at 8am 

and return by 5pm on Sunday.  

> make your reservation 

Photos from the Garden
from Wild Ones member Mike O'Brien

Great Spangled Fritillary and Coral Hairstreak on Butterflyweed

Lightning Bug

Female Ebony Jewelwing. Notice white stigma.

Large Type Milkweed Bug

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.