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

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

August 10
6:00 pm

Inviting the Butterflies In

Free and Open 
to the Public

September 14
6:00 pm

The Ferns of Tennessee

Free and Open 
t o the Public

March 5, 2016

Plant Natives 2016!
6th Annual Native Plant Symposium

Details Coming 

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

Upcoming Events
Saturday, March 5, 2016

The sixth annual Tennessee Valley Wild Ones native plant symposium promises to be another outstanding opportunity to learn about native plant gardening from three accomplished and respected experts, so mark your calendar for March 5, 2016 NOW. 


Featured speakers will include:


Dr. Larry Mellichamp is a retired Professor of Botany and Horticulture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he has taught for over 38 years. He is also director of the University's Botanical Gardens which has 10 acres of outdoor gardens including many native plants.  He has written many technical and popular articles on plants and gardening, and has co-authored five books: including "The Winter Garden" (1997); "Wildflowers of the Western Great Lakes Region" (1999); "Bizarre Botanicals" with Paula Gross (2010), and most recently, "Native Plants of the Southeast (and their garden uses)" (2014).



Ron Lance has authored or contributed to 18 publications dealing with native woody plants of the Southeastern U.S., including "Woody Plants of the Southeastern U.S., a Winter Guide" by the University of Georgia Press, and "Hawthorns of the Southeastern United States."




Tony Glover, an expert on native fruits of the southeast, has written numerous Alabama Extension Service publications and he was the principal editor for the first edition of the Alabama Master Gardener Handbook. He is a frequent speaker on Native Plants of the Southeast and has spoken on two occasions at the Central South Native Plant Conference.



Click here for more information about featured speakers for Plant Natives 2016! 

Registration information will be coming soon.



Inviting the Butterflies In
with Angie Leubben

Monday, August 10
6:00 pm
FREE and Open to the Public
63 E. Main Street, Chattanooga TN





Most people love butterflies, and most would happily welcome more of them into their yards. Come and learn about simple strategies that you can use to entice the maximum number of our regional butterfly species into your yard. If you plant it, they will indeed come.


Angie Luebben is a local area resident who is a Registered Nurse by trade and a nature lover by passion. She has fed, sheltered, and lovingly observed her native yard birds for most of her life, and for the past 7 years has been planting for and hand-raising butterflies. She does not consider herself to be a gardener, but instead, a devoted nature lover who very intentionally fills her yard with plants that benefit the creatures which inhabit it. She does not use any insecticides in her yard, and she believes that everything matters and has its purpose.



The Ferns of Tennessee
with Dr. Pat Blackwell Cox

Monday, September 14
6:00 pm
FREE and Open to the Public
63 E. Main Street, Chattanooga TN

T ennessee is home to many native ferns, as well as some undesirable invasives, but many amateur and even professional botanists can find it difficult to distinguish one fern from another. On Monday, September 14, 2015, the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones will host a presentation on "Ferns of Tennessee" by retired TVA Botanical Specialist Patricia Blackwell Cox. Dr. Cox will explain the terminology associated with ferns' structure and will discuss the most common ferns in Tennessee, the rarest ferns in the state, and invasive fern species.


The Cullowhee Native Plant Conference

July 15-18 
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. Past participants of the conference have included landscape architects, commercial nursery operators, garden club members, botanists, and horticulturists from state highway departments, universities, native plant societies, botanical gardens, and arboretums. Both professionals and laypersons will gain valuable knowledge from the informative fieldtrips, lectures and workshops.


The program schedule allows for informal sessions where participants can exchange ideas. We encourage you to make good use of this opportunity. 


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. Close to both the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cullowhee is in an ideal location for anyone with an interest in nature.

Click HERE for more information.


Native Plant Information and Resources
Learn More About Native Plants

Are you interested in learning more about native plants? Do you want help identifying native plants in your garden?  In addition to the programs presented by Wild Ones, there are many books, publications and web resources available for you.  Our chapter website is a great place to locate some helpful information.

Under the Learn tab of our website, you'll find several pages with helpful information.  The Resources page contains a list of books and publications of interest, as well as links to a number of web databases.  A favorite web site for many of our members is the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center with its "Native Plant Information Network," searchable by plant common and botanical names.  For each native plant, there are photographs, as well as growing and habitat information. We list a number of other websites that provide easy access to information about the native plants of the Tennessee Valley.   Thanks to Tennessee Valley Chapter member Ann Brown for her contributions to our list of resources.

A new section of our website called In the News provides links to recent articles and publications of interest.  Currently, you'll find links to information about the new "Million Pollinator Garden Challenge" and also a research summary about the effect of neonicotinoid insecticides on bees.


Update from Wild Ones
Wildlife Corridor Initiative and more...

An update from Sally Wencel, Vice-President  of Wild Ones National Board 
and Tennessee Valley Chapter member.

The Wild Ones Board met June 20 and reviewed a number of items, including an update on the Executive Director search, the recently approved social media partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Wild Ones' participation in the National Pollinator Garden Network (NPGN) and a proposal for a new program based on a program being designed by the West Cook County Chapter.  


Regarding the latter, the West Cook County chapter was inspired by Doug Tallamy's call for building the nation's largest national park comprising private and public landscapes restored with native plants to create habitat.  This Wildlife Corridor Initiative is distinguished from the NPGN by focusing on using native plants (the NPGN recommends natives or non-invasive ornamentals) and reducing/eliminating pesticide use.  As Pam Todd, one of project leaders states, "This is the perfect moment for Wild Ones to reach more people and leverage the growing interest in issues like pollinator health, declining bird population, the damage done by pesticides, and the usefulness of native plants . . ."   The Wild Ones Board agrees with Pam and is putting together an ad hoc committee to develop a nationwide program based on this wildlife corridor project.  This is a natural extension of the Wild for Monarchs program and I'm excited to see this program's initiation.  Stay tuned in for more developments.


Pipevine Swallowtail Life Cycle in Progress

Starting on June 17th, TVWO member Mike O'Brien noticed a female Pipevine Swallowtail ( Battus philenor ) laying eggs on a Pipevine
(Aristolochia macrophylla) in his garden in north Alabama.  Mike is photographing the development of the eggs and is generously sharing the process with us.  The life cycle from egg to butterfly is expected to take 33 days.  We'll have an update in next month's newsletter.

Click here to learn more about the Pipevine, the larval host for the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly.

Day 1: Freshly laid eggs laid on Pipevine,
15-minutes old
Day 5: Note the black dot in each egg
is the developing caterpillar

Day 6: Caterpillars emerging from eggs.
Note unhatched eggs and collapsed yellow egg shells.
Day 7: Caterpillars less than one day old.  
Note the slightly larger caterpillar which likely hatched earlier than the rest.
Another group of Pipeline Swallowtail caterpillars emerging from eggs.

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

Enjoy Mike's recent photos from the outdoors!

Sachem (male) on Red Clover
Thorn-Mimic Leafhopper on a Redbud

Spangled Skimmer (female).
Note black wingtips and split white and black stigmata
Long-horned Flower beetle, female (Strangalia famelica solitaria)
Great Spangled Fritillary

Female Zabulon on Poison Ivy
Dogbane Beetle
Cloudless Sulphur (male)
Viceroy butterfly

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!

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. 


To contact our chapter, email us at tnvalleywildones@gmail.com