Friday, January 17, 2014

2014 Symposium Payment Page

If nothing moves in your landscape but a lawnmower,  

it’s time to think about designing a natural yard.

DSC_9304The Third Annual Native Plant Symposium, "Native Plants, Natural Landscapes" features practical information and advice on how to improve your landscapes and gardens through sustainable landscaping practices.  The program is designed to provide plenty of time for questions, with a Question and Answer panel at the end of the day.

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 leave with practical tips and suggestions on plant selections.

There will also be time to browse exhibits, as well as buy native plants from area native plant nurseries and art from area artists.

Go to this page for Symposium Program and Speaker Details

You can also download a symposium brochure with instructions on registering by mail by going to and clicking on the brochure link.

Registration Information:

$50 in advance for Wild Ones members
$60 in advance for non-members
$70 at the door or after March 2, 2014 for everyone
$20 for students (you must show a valid student ID)

All prices INCLUDE lunch.


Symposium Schedule:

Saturday, March 8, 2014

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Auditorium at the University Center - 2nd Level
642 East 5th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403
Driving directions
8:00 - 9:00 am           Registration

8:45 am                     Welcoming Remarks

9:00 - 9:50 am           Good Things from the South
                                   Fred Spicer, Executive Director, Birmingham Botanical Gardens

10:00 - 10:50 am        Piedmont Garden, Beautiful Landscape
                                   Matt Whitaker, Landscape Architect

11:00 - 11:50 am        Invasive Plants: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
                                   Dr. Johnny Randall, Director of Conservation Programs,
                                   North Carolina Botanical Garden, University of NC at Chapel Hill

12:00 - 1:30 pm          Lunch, Plant Sale and Art Sale/Exhibitors

1:30 - 2:20 pm            The Soil Food Web is the Web of Life
                                    Duane Marcus, Organic Farmer and Teacher, The Funny Farm

2:30 - 3:00 pm            Questions & Answers with all speakers

3:00 - 4:00 pm            Plant Sale and Art Sale/Exhibition continues

Thursday, September 5, 2013

September event

Design Your Landscape With Native Plants
Learn from local landscape designer Scott Drucker
Scott Drucker

Monday, September 9
6:00 pm

Free and open to the public.

63 East Main Street
Chattanooga TN

Plenty of free parking

For directions, 
click on the "Meeting Location/Direction" tab above 


Scott Drucker, our September program speaker realizes that most Wild Ones already know the many reasons why we want to use native plants in our landscape. Therefore, he will start from that point and explain various design uses for native plants. Scott is a Landscape Designer and will focus on practical as well as aesthetic reasons for planting decisions, in addition to mentioning the obvious benefits towards nature in general. Expect to take away some useful and practical information that can be easily applied to your own garden regardless of whether you are starting from scratch or in the process of a renovation.

Scott is a local landscape designer and proprietor of Dream Gardens, his own design and installation company in Chattanooga.  After studying Architecture and receiving his B.A. from Tulane University and his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law, he became the coordinator at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens where his passion for horticulture really surfaced.  Scott is a Master Gardener, lectures frequently for regional garden clubs and horticultural organizations, and is on the Board of the Chattanooga Association of Landscape Professionals.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Wild for Monarchs - August 25

The Mystery & Magic of Monarchs
Guest Speaker: Wanda DeWaard
Sara Bright
Monarch on Aster. Photo by Sara Bright, member of Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones
and co-author of "Butterflies of Alabama"

August 25th
2-4 pm

Chattanooga State Humanities Auditorium

Advance prices:
Members $10
Non-Members $15

$15 & $20 at the door

The Tennessee Valley Chapter of the Wild Ones and the Tennessee Aquarium are partnering with outdoor educator Wanda DeWaard to present "The Mystery and Magic of Monarchs" at Chattanooga State Community College's Humanities Auditorium.

This program will reveal the Monarch butterflies amazing life cycle, including its annual summer migration through this area to its winter hibernation site in Mexico. 

Learn what YOU can do to help the Monarch and other wildlife. Take home a free aster plant to add to your nectar flower garden. 

Wanda is an expert on the Monarch migration and a fascinating speaker; she holds a Masters Degree in Recreation and Outdoor Education. 
Click HERE to register.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

July Event

"Nature Journaling" with Mary Priestley
A very special opportunity to meet an amazing environmental activist 
and learn about how to see nature in a new way
Mary Priestley
Monday, July 8
6:00 pm

Free and open to the public.

Grote Hall Auditorium
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
701 Vine Street

Mary Priestley is one of the area's leading environmental activist-volunteers and curator of the Sewanee Herbarium.  In addition to her work with the Herbarium, Mary has also served as president of the Tennessee Native Plant Society (TNPS) and of the Friends of South Cumberland State Recreation Area; she has been a hike leader for the TNPS and for the Smoky Mountains Wildflower Pilgrimage. 

Mary is also the author of William's Wildflowers, a children's book showcasing the wildflowers of the South Cumberland Plateau.

This event is NOT just for artists...Mary will provide great tips on how to recognize and appreciate what's happening in the great outdoors.

Drive east on E. 5th Street into the UTC campus.  The cemetery will be on your left.
Pass the University Center and then Holt Hall on the right.  
Just past Holt Hall, turn right into Parking Lot 10 adjoining the Engineering, Math and Science Building (just before the intersection of 5th and Palmetto).  
Drive toward the southwest end of that parking lot.
Grote Hall will be ahead and toward the right. 
Park in the lot next to Grote Hall.  
Parking is FREE and open at this time of day.

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Milkweed Are Here!

Five varieties of milkweed have arrived!  The plants were grown from seed collected in the wild and grown at Monarch Watch's ecological restoration greenhouse in Kansas.  The five milkweed species we selected are native to this area and grow in a variety of conditions including dry, wet, sun and shade.  The poster on the left shows the five species plus their growing requirements.

Why get all this Milkweed?  This year, Wild Ones partnered with Monarch Joint Venture and Monarch Watch’s Bring Back the Monarchs program to present our "Wild for Monarchs" campaign. As part of this campaign, Wild Ones chapters like the Tennessee Valley Chapter are encouraging landowners to plant Monarch Waystations to provide both the nectar plants for the adult butterflies but more importantly plant Milkweed -- the only source of food for the Monarch caterpillars.  The news from Monarch migration watchers has been particularly dire, with one of the smallest and therefore worst winter migration counts on record.

The first public event for redeeming Milkweed coupons (distributed at our March symposium) or purchasing milkweed plants will be at the Chattanooga Area Food Bank teaching pavilion during that organization's Garden Tour on Saturday, June 1 (10am-5pm) and Sunday, June 2 (1pm-4pm).  The teaching pavilion is at the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, 2009 Curtain Pole Rd, just off Amnicola Highway.

If there are any remaining milkweed plants after June 2, they will be available at our Members' Picnic at the Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center on June 15 and at the Chattanooga Market on June 23rd.

For more information about the "Bring Back the Monarch" campaign, go to the Monarch Watch website.  The Wild Ones also has information about the "Wild For Monarchs" campaign.

Friday, May 3, 2013

May Events

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

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

Members Only.
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.

Even though the weather forecast is for rain on Saturday, we'll still have this event.  Bring your umbrella and we'll take a walk to see what's in bloom.

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.
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.  

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 us to reserve your spot for this trip.  Travel plans will be emailed to you once you register.  This trip is for Wild Ones members only.

For more info about Sunlight Gardens, click here to visit the website.