September 2018 Newsletter
Healing the earth, one yard at a time.
Don't Miss These September Events!
Creating Living Landscapes
Featuring Dr. Doug Tallamy
Friday, September 7, 7:00pm
UTC University Center Auditorium
642 E. 5th St., Chattanooga TN

Don't miss this opportunity to see and hear this renowned author, speaker and advocate for healing the ecosystem by using native plants in our gardens.

Dr. Tallamy will suggest ways to make your property a showpiece, without losing its ecological function in the local ecosystem.

Copies of Bringing Nature Home will be available for purchase and signing by the author.
Bringing Nature Home:
A Home Garden Tour
Saturday, September 8, 2018, 10am-6pm
Five gardens in Chattanooga and on Signal & Lookout Mountains

Visit four different established native plant home gardens (from full sun to full shade) AND the native plant gardens at the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute. Learn how to garden more sustainably and bring nature to YOUR garden.

Proceeds go to Seeds for Education grants for pollinator gardens at local schools.
Save $$$
Get a Combo Ticket
Doug Tallamy AND Garden Tour
September 7 AND 8
Attend BOTH events for only $15!
Available for Wild Ones Members ONLY
News From Our Chapter
We Need Volunteers!

On September 8th, our chapter is presenting its first ever tour of five native plant gardens. In addition to garden docents, we need volunteers to help direct visitors to parking, as well as volunteers to assist at the registration tables at each garden.

Later in September, we welcome volunteers to help staff our information booths at the Reflection Riding Plant Sale and at the Hamilton County Fair.

Check out details and sign up by clicking HERE .

Certificate in Native Plants
The Certificate in Native Plants program is designed to expand students' knowledge of botany, ecology, conservation, and uses of native flora in the southeastern United States. Students will get both classroom education and hands-on application to increase knowledge and skills that can be applied at home, in the community, and at work. The course setting will provide a common ground for native plant enthusiasts to meet and connect with others who share their interests. 

The CNP is designed to benefit both home gardeners and landscaping professionals alike. You do NOT need to be working toward the Certificate in order to register for classes.

Most CNP classes are limited to 25 participants. They fill up quickly, so register now to ensure your place.  

Class registration is now open for all 2018 classes:

Instructor: Walter Bland 
Saturday, October 13, 2018 
9 am- 12 pm (EDT) 
Sixth Cavalry Museum and Chickamauga Military Park
Fort Oglethorpe GA 

Instructor: Wyn Miller 
Saturday, November 10, 2018 
9 am - 4 pm EST 
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
Fall Plant Sales & Events in the Region

with Dr. Andrew Brower, Professor, Middle Tennessee State University
September 15, 2:00pm
McCoy Farm and Garden, Signal Mountain TN

September 20-22
The horticulture staff and volunteers at Reflection Riding offer an impressive selection of trees, shrubs, and perennials. On-site experts will be available to help with selection. Guided hikes and educational workshops will take place throughout the weekend. 

September 22

September 29-30

October 20-21, Birmingham AL
If you are interested in ordering plants in advance, please use the order form (download Excel or PDF version) and the email address provided. The order form has detailed instructions on plants available, ordering instructions, the email address for the orders, pick up location and deadlines. Please provide customer's name, email, phone #, pick up time, botanical plant name, size (if quart and gallon available), quantity, and a total of order. There is a  $100.00 minimum order size.    Exact cash, check, or credit card is required. Due to limited quantities of some of the varieties, orders will be processed in the order received at the email address provided on the order form. The completed order form must be received by  end of day, Friday, September 14; pick up is Tuesday, September 18 between 9 and noon.

Native Plant Conference
Memphis Horticultural Society
October 25-28, 2018

Interesting Information
A Wildlife, Family and Pet Friendly Lawn

Are you using chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers on your lawn? If so, you really should stop. For a few reasons.
One reason is that you’re missing out on a lot. Herbicides used on lawns will kill beneficial plants including White Clover, dandelions, violets, Spring Beauty and more that would otherwise grow in harmony with grasses. Why do I say these plants are beneficial?

Researchers are comparing age-old herbaria with muddy riverbanks to track decades of ecological change.

A handful of researchers have been looking to university and library herbaria as  repositories for data about long-term ecological change , especially as industrialization and urbanization have reshaped landscapes around where the plants were collected.

The World's Largest Burl!

A burl is basically a tree’s version of a tumor. Excessive cell growth causes a large bulbous growth to form on the outside of the trunk. These burls (also called burrs) range from the size of a fist to absolutely enormous, like the Ronning Burl in Port McNeill,  British Columbia . Weighing an estimated 30 tons, and measuring just under 20 feet tall and 20 feet in diameter, this giant natural outgrowth claims to be the largest burl in the world.

Photos from the Field
Black Morph Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Mountain Mint.
Photo by Mike O'Brien.

Io Moth Caterpillar.
Photo by Mike O'Brien.

Mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum).
Photo by Mike O'Brien.

A Wild Potato Vine (Ipomoea pandurata) flower
with a small bee looking straight at the camera
Photo by Mike O'Brien.

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly on Blazing Star (Liatris spicata)
Photo by Bruce Tilden.

Unwelcome Visitor to the Birdhouse.
Photo by Bruce Tilden.

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