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Members' Newsletter
Late April 2013 Update
Upcoming Events Summary

May 3
David Haskell, Author of 
The Forest Unseen
7:30 pm

May 4
Members' Picnic
10:00 am

May 5
Monarch Way Stations

May 9
Trip to Sunlight Gardens
Members only

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Benefits of Membership in the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones

 $10 discount for the 2014
native plant symposium 
presented by 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, 
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

Upcoming Events
May 4 Members' Picnic
at the Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center at Reflection Riding

Saturday, May 4th
10:00 am until ...

Bring your lunch.
Drinks will be provided.

At 10:00 am, Michael Green will lead us on a walk at Reflection Riding to see wildflowers and other blooming plants. Michael has extensive knowledge about the history of the property and the region...his outings are always fascinating!

After the walk, we'll take time for a spring picnic outdoors together.

Please note that in some publications, the date of this picnic was incorrectly listed as May 1.  The correct date is Saturday, May 4th. Sorry for the confusion.  Hope to see you on the 4th.

David Haskell, author of The Forest Unseen
Presented by the Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center

Friday, May 3rd
7:30 p.m.

UTC Benwood Auditorium
Cost: $5
A special evening is in store when David Haskell, biology professor at Sewanee, comes to Chattanooga on May 3rd. Haskell's book The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch In Nature is a Pulitzer Prize finalist.  
In his book, Haskell uses a one-square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the entire natural world. Visiting it almost daily for one year to trace nature's path through the seasons, he brings the forest and its inhabitants to vivid life. Beginning with simple observations--a salamander scuttling across the leaf litter, the first blossom of spring wildflowers--Haskell spins a brilliant web of biology, ecology, and poetry, explaining the science binding together ecosystems that have cycled for thousands--sometimes millions--of years.

The New York Times describes The Forest Unseen as "...a welcome entry in the world of nature writers. He thinks like a biologist, writes like a poet, and gives the natural world the kind of open-minded attention one expects from a Zen monk rather than a hypothesis-driven scientist." 

Monarch Way Stations
Presented by the Tennessee Aquarium
Sunday, May 5th
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Tennessee Aquarium River Gardens
Discover the fascinating behavior of the Monarch from butterfly expert and Earth Kinship educator Wanda DeWaard.  Go on a guided butterfly walk at the Tennessee River Gardens and learn to create a monarch way station with a milkweed plant to take home.

To register, click here.
Member Visit to Sunlight Gardens
Opportunity to purchase native plants
Thursday, May 9th
Members only

We're organizing a group of Tennessee Valley Wild Ones to take a road trip to Sunlight Gardens in Andersonville, TN.  

Nursery owner Andy Sessions (one of the speakers at our March Symposium) will be on hand to help us with plant selections.  

All members receive a 10% discount on plant purchases!

We will depart Chattanooga at 8:00 a.m. and will return in the afternoon.

Please email Nora to reserve your spot for this trip.  Travel plans will be emailed to you once you register.

For more info about Sunlight Gardens, click here to visit the website.
Recent Events
Tennessee Valley Wild Ones 
at the Garden Expo
On the weekend of April 20-21, the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones launched the "Monarch Watch" program for 2013 at the Garden Expo presented by the Master Gardeners of Hamilton County.  Our member volunteers provided information about growing milkweed (the ONLY host plant for the monarch butterfly), as well as other native nectar plants for butterflies.

And just so that no one missed us, our own Cheri Hubbard (above) underwent her own "metamorphosis" and became a beautiful and eye-catching monarch herself!
Milkweed Plants
Milkweed Plant Delivery Expected in May

If you attended our Symposium in March, you received a certificate for a free milkweed plant.  Milkweed is the only host plant for the Monarch butterfly, and Wild Ones is promoting the establishment of Monarch "Way Stations" across the county.

We had hoped to have plenty of milkweed plants available during April, but because of the cold weather conditions, our plants will not be ready until May.  We're sorry.

As soon as the plants arrive, we'll let you know where you can get them!
Renew Your Wild Ones Membership
Renew Your Membership Before May 31!
Our Chapter benefits from early renewals
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We hope that you are enjoying being a member of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones.

Our chapter receives a portion of all membership dues paid to Wild Ones, and we use those funds to present a variety of educational programs for our members and for our community.

Since this is our first year as a chapter (we became a chapter of Wild Ones in June 2012), we receive 55% of all dues paid.  Our percentage decreases on June 1, so we'd really appreciate it if you'd renew your membership by May 31st.  You can choose to extend your membership for 1, 2 or 3 years...or become a lifetime member.
To renew your membership, click here.
If you have any questions about your membership, 
please email Nora.

Photos from the Field
All photos in this section were taken recently by Tennessee Valley Wild Ones member Mike O'Brien.  Mike has a great way of seeing the beauty in nature.  Thanks, Mike, for sharing your photos!

Sweetshrub blossoms, almost opened

Redbud tree "caulifory"


Native Azalea, almost open

Native Azalea, open

Dandelion seedhead

Celandine Poppy

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.