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

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

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


Saturday, May 16

Landscapes in Progress

Visit local native plant gardens of Tennessee Valley Wild Ones 

Members Only
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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

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.


Upcoming Events 
 for Tennessee Valley Wild Ones Members

Woody Plant 
Propagation Workshop 
with Vernon Bush
at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens
Saturday, May 2, 8am - 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.  This is an incredible opportunity to learn from Vernon Bush, who is a master in propagating and growing azaleas and rhododendrons.  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 also use this opportunity to enjoy the beautiful native plant garden display of late spring wildflowers. Also, the Purdy Butterfly House at the Gardens will be opening on May 2. This beautiful, soaring 9,000 sq. ft. natural stone and steel beam structure overlooking the entrance pond is home to thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, button quail, turtles and other critters. Waterfall, ponds, streams, lush vegetation and flowering plants invite visitors to experience this varied and colorful collection of flora and fauna. 


All Wild Ones participants will receive free admission for the Huntsville Botanical Gardens.


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 and spouses/partners only.

Interested?  Join us!


Landscapes in Progress
Visit gardens of Tennessee Valley Wild Ones members
Saturday, May 16th


Many members of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones are gardeners who are working to replace exotic and invasive plants with native plants in their own landscapes. This is usually an ongoing process where we gradually learn about which native plants thrive in our specific environment and about how to control invasives.


So that we can learn from each other, twice each year the Chapter offers Landscapes in Progress programs.  These informal programs provide an opportunity to see the successes and challenges faced by other gardeners who are incorporating native plants into their landscapes. 


These programs are not intended to be "garden tours" where everything is perfect, but rather a chance to share information about how to be better gardeners.  Over time, we may visit the same location to witness the evolution and growth of a landscape.


We hope that you'll come to this event to learn and to ask questions... but also to share information about your own experiences and to spend time with others who love native plant gardening.


This event is reserved for Wild Ones members only.

More information is coming soon.  Want more details?  Email us!


More Events in the Region
Overhill Gardens  Native Plant Nursery
Spring Open House
Friday & Saturday, May 1-2, 8am - 4pm
Vonore, Tennessee 

15% discount on the entire nursery and  30% off all edibles.

Bring a new customer and you both receive a free 1-gallon perennial 
 (up to $10 value).

Click HERE for more info.

Southern Highlands Reserve Symposium
Saturday, May 30th
Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

Click HERE for more info.

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.


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

Mike's photos document what's been happening outdoors 
in the past couple weeks.  
Thank you to Mike for sharing these amazing images!

Bluebirds inspecting Chickadee House
Tulip Tree Beauty Moth
Mourning Cloak
Great Purple Hairstreak on Redbud

Goatweed Leafwing
Goatweed Leafwing, alternate view
Eastern Pine Elfin
Bess or Patent Leather Beetle - Horned Passalus

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.