Go to Program Schedule for 2005.
Apr 13, 2013 (Sat)
Saturday April 13 @ 2:00 pm at Crossroads, Sturgeon Bay
Variety: the Hallmark of Healthy Ecosystems
Longtime Wild Ones Dale and Mary Goodner moved to Algoma in May 2010, after 34 years in Peoria, IL, where Dale served as Chief Naturalist at Peoria Park District's Forest Park Nature Center for some 20 years, and then was Supervisor of Interpretive Services, overseeing 5 facilities, including the George Luthy Botanical Garden, before retiring in 2009. Mary is a professional horticulturist.
Dale will describe “some of the biotic diversity that is the heart and soul of Door County. The particular groupings of species found here have spent the ages adapting to this particular mix of temperature, moisture, soil, ph, etc. and are unique in the world. Over the millennia they’ve formed what Aldo Leopold called the “land organism.” They’ve developed expertise; think of it as floristic wisdom... they know how to deal with these specific conditions.
Then we’ll discuss modeling and structuring our own backyard ecosystem (garden), in order to better fit in with this place. While our landscape includes vegetables, and also features horticultural varieties of plants, we do use native flora to better establish a
sense of place, and also to better attract animals.”
Apr 26, 2013 (Fri)
Friday April 26 @ 7:00 pm at Crossroads, Sturgeon Bay
Safe Lawns with Paul Tukey
Tukey is North America’s leading advocate for natural lawn care. His presentation will be the keynote speech for the “Safe Lawns in Door County” initiative sponsored by Door Property Owners Inc and six other environmental organizations on the peninsula. The aim is to eliminate the indiscriminate use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers in yards, athletic fields and public spaces. For information go to www.doorpropertyowners.org and click on “Safe lawns”.
In his talk Tukey will address the hazards of lawn care products that imperil health. He will explore the benefits of non-toxic products and safer and beautiful alternatives to lawns.
Sep 15, 2013 (Sun)
Wildflower Walk on Sunday September15
Botanist Paul Mahlberg will guide us at Toft Point, repeating a memorable hike of several years ago. Expect to see gentians and multiple types of goldenrods and asters besides one and the other surprises. Learn about gardening at the shore and in cool lakeside woodland.
Meet at the Bayleys Harbor Beach parking lot on Ridges Road at 2:00 PM. Parking at Toft Point is limited. We may have to consolidate car loads. Non-members are invited.
Sep 21, 2013 (Sat)
Garden Walk on Saturday September 21
We will visit Karen Overbeck’s acclaimed show garden in Sturgeon Bay. Be amazed by a harmonious peaceful landscape of mature trees and shrubs, minimal lawn and inventive structural accents. Learn the potential of native shrubs and forbs.
10:00 AM Michigan St/Cty TT 1 mile East of Crossroads. Look for a former schoolhouse on the left (North) side of the road and a large “Overbeck” sign. This will be a MEMBERS ONLY benefit.
Oct 26, 2013 (Sat)
Annual Meeting on Saturday October 26
We will hear from Douglas Tallamy why the preservation and protection of native plants is not an option, but a necessity. We will elect 3 board members (volunteer please!), conduct seed exchange and enjoy a potluck meal. Details will follow.