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February 2013
Advance Registration
Now Available
for March 9, 2013
Native Plant &
Natural Landscaping Symposium
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Benefits of Membership in the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones

to the March 9, 2013  
native plant symposium 
presented by the 
Tennessee Valley Chapter 
of Wild Ones
(advance registrations).

Invitations to
*"Landscapes in Progress" garden visit programs   

*Guided Native Plant & 
Wildflower Walks  
*Native Plant Rescues  
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


It's almost springtime, and we're already starting to see some of our native plants stirring.  Soon the spring ephemerals will be out, and then it will be time to be outdoors for many of our events.

In the meantime, be sure to register in advance for our Native Plant & Natural Landscaping Symposium coming up on March 9th. As a member of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones, if you register in by March 5th, you'll get $20 off the price of admission!  The symposium is our biggest educational event of the year, and you're certain to pick up new information and practical tips this year.  Read below for more details.

Scroll down farther and then mark your calendars for some of the events that are planned for April.  We'll be sending more details about those events soon.

See you at the Symposium on March 9th!
Natural Landscaping Symposium...
Getting MORE with LESS
Practical information about using native plants in 
the home landscape to get MORE birds & butterflies, biodiversity, beauty, and a healthy environment...
with LESS watering, maintenance, lawn area, and chemicals

Saturday, March 9, 2013
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Chattanooga State
Humanities Building Auditorium

$40 in advance for Wild Ones members

$50 in advance for non-members

$60 at the door for everyone


To register, visit our website.





The second annual native plant landscaping symposium presented by the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones is designed for local gardeners and anyone interested in "doing the right thing" in the garden.  You don't need to be an expert to attend.  In fact, the symposium was created with both casual and experienced gardeners in mind. 


You will learn about the many benefits of using native plants in a natural landscape, and you can find out how to attract butterflies and other desirable wildlife to your garden.  Importantly, after this symposium, you will know how to put what you've learned into practice.  You will leave with practical tips and suggestions on plant selection.  


Symposium speakers include Tim Spira, Leon Bates, Andy Sessions, Lisa Wagner, and Cherie Cordell.  There will be time reserved for questions and answers.


You'll even be able to choose and purchase from a limited selection of native plants at the event.  We know that after you attend this event, you will be inspired to create or enhance your own natural landscape.  


For the speaker information and registration, visit our website.



Thanks to this year's sponsors!

Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center

Chattanooga Association of Landscape Professionals

Master Gardeners of Hamilton County

Symposium Schedule

Saturday, March 9, 2013  

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.   

Chattanooga State 

Humanities Building Auditorium
4501 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN

Informational exhibits.  Native plants will be available for sale. 


8:00 a.m. -- 9:00 a.m. -- Registration    


9:00 a.m. -- Welcome    


9:10 - 10:00 a.m.  "Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachians" - Tim Spira, PhD.  

Which native plants belong together in a harmonious community? Dr. Spira explains the multi-layered tapestry of plant life in this area and how knowing how the members of these plant communities support each other can reduce the need for constant intervention. He will also provide information about wildflowers that make an attractive addition to woodland wildflower landscapes.    


10:00 - 10:50 a.m.  "Building a Native Plant Garden: Native Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines in the Urban Environment" - Leon Bates.  

A well designed landscape starts with a good infrastructure. Leon Bates shows how native trees, shrubs and vines provide those basic building blocks for a sustainable and enjoyable urban or suburban yard.    


10:50 - 11:10 a.m. - Break & Door Prizes    


11:10 a.m. - 12:00 Noon  "Adding More Beauty: Great Native Perennials for Your Garden" - Andy Sessions. 

Native plants do grow unaided in the wild, but in a garden they benefit from the same care given to other ornamental plants. Learn about native perennials that offer beauty, low maintenance, flower and foliage integrity, profuse blooming, and insect and disease resistance so that you can create your own native plant paradise.    


12:00 Noon - 12:50 p.m. - Lunch (provided)    


12:50 -- 1:40 p.m.  "Gardening for Nature: Promoting Biodiversity at Home" - Lisa Wagner, PhD. 

Increasing biodiversity means we are building a habitat that supports a wider range of wildlife. Learn what native plants will encourage birds, butterflies, and other creatures to visit and live in our landscapes.    


1:40 p.m. - Break & Door Prizes    


1:55 p.m. -- 2:45 p.m.  "Managing Invasive Exotic Plants in a Natural Landscape" - Cherie Cordell Despite best efforts, exotic pest plants like privets and exotic honeysuckles can be a constant challenge to control. Cherie Cordell has many years of experience in invasive pest plant control and will provide best practices for keeping your landscape natural.    


2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Q&A Panel: Dealing with Gardening Challenges of the Tennessee Valley (all speakers)    


3:30 p.m. - Door Prizes & Closing Remarks



Native Plant Rescue
Members Only

Saturday, March 16, 2013
11:00 a.m.
Signal Mountain

One of the many benefits of membership in the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones is that you can participate in Plant Rescues.  If you are interested in adding native woodland plants to your landscape, please consider joining our Plant Rescue on March 16th.  
We are currently rescuing plants from a woodland tract that will be developed in the near future.  There are plenty of shade-loving shrubs including Serviceberry, Sweetshrub, Mapleleaf viburnum, Lowbush blueberry, Farkleberry, and a smattering of American holly, Mountain laurel, and Azalea (probably Sweet azalea).  We've also collected woodland groundcover like Pipsissewa and Partridgeberry.  If you're good at spotting things in the leaf litter, you might find Rattlesnake orchid, Skullcap, and Sweet goldenrod.  These plants are suitable for shady areas where the soil is acidic.

Rescues normally last for a couple hours and involve carrying your plants back to your your vehicle after digging them up.  We carpool to the rescue site, as parking is limited.

There is no charge to attend, but you MUST register in advance.  To register, please email Trina and let her know your name and the name of anyone coming with you, as well as your contact information for the day of the rescue.  Please tell Trina if this is your first rescue.
Native Plant Sale - April 5-7
Mark you calendar now!
Reflection Riding Spring Plant Sale

The annual spring plant sale at the Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center is one of the best local opportunities to purchase locally propagated native plants. 

We'll be providing more information soon, but be sure to save the date.
April Events

April 1 (6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
Native Azaleas and Rhododendrons
Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center
Open to the public
April 6 
Wildflower Trail Walk at the Pocket, Pigeon Mountain GA 
with Holli Richey
Members only  
April 10 
Native Plant & Wildflower Walk, Jackson County Park, AL 
& Huntsville Botanical Gardens
with Leon & Pat Bates
Members only

April 13
Nursery Visit to Overhill Gardens, Vonore TN  
Members only

Recent Photos 
Red-bordered emerald moth
Red-Bordered Emerald Moth
(photo by Mike O'Brien)

Wild Ones: Native Plants. Natural Landscapes is a national non-profit organization with over 50 chapters in 12 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.