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We meet the 2nd Saturday of each month.
May - October meetings will be a variety of field trips, conducted outdoors at different locations each month. Check our Calendar of Events for more details.
November - April (excluding December) meetings are indoors at the following time and location: WHEN: 1:00 pm, 2nd Saturdays, Nov - April, WHERE: South Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters in Eagle.
Nov 10, 2012 (Sat)     Vicki Piaskowski: If You Plant it Who Will Come?
Bird species that will use your native plantings.
Vicki Piaskowski, International Coordinator of the Birds Without Borders – Aves Sin Fronteras project for 15 years, will talk about simple ways to make your yard bird-friendly and the different bird species you can expect to see in your yard and on your land if you landscape with native plants. She will also describe how scientists learn about the insect foods that birds find on plants.
Vicki Piaskowski: If You Plant it Who Will Come?
Dec 01, 2012 (Sat)     No Meeting in December - See you in January!
No Meeting in December - See you in January!
Jan 12, 2013 (Sat)
Three Easy Ways to Propagate Your Native Seeds by Theresa and Gerhard Stegemann
Gerhard and Theresa Stegemann will demonstrate three easy and inexpensive methods of propagation that anyone can master. They will also describe the transformation of their three-quarter acre Whitewater Lake shoreline property from a Canadian goose respite to an abundantly diverse wildlife habitat of trees, shrubs and prairie/savanna plantings.
Feb 09, 2013 (Sat)
20 of My Favorite Native Plants by Mike Yanny
Mike Yanny, Senior Horticulturist at Johnson’s Nursery, will present 20 of his favorite native Wisconsin plants. He’ll also discuss their natural occurrences and his personal involvement with them. Plant propagation, seed dissemination, culture, and uses will also be described. A poetry lover, Yanny will also recite several of his own poems
Mar 09, 2013 (Sat)
Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants by Charlotte Adelman & Bernard Schwartz
Co-authors of The Midwestern Native Garden - Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants, An Illustrated Guide, Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, will be presenting this program based on their book. Distinguishing introduced flowers and plants from Midwestern natives can be confusing. But our native flora, and the butterflies and birds they support face endangerment, so choosing native flowers and plants for our gardens and landscapes - instead of introductions from Asia and Europe (some invasive) - is environmentally important. This program will show you beautiful native flowers to use in your landscaping. Their book will be available for purchase and autographing.
Apr 13, 2013 (Sat)
Why Natives? – An Introduction by Tim Lewis
Tim Lewis, national president of Wild Ones, will give an introduction to landscaping using native plants. The presentation explains the history of our ecosystems, how we got to where we are today and why native plants are vital to the environment. The benefits and fallacies of natural landscaping will be explained. Finally, examples of native plant landscapes will inspire you to change your thinking about your own landscapes.
May 11, 2013 (Sat)
Outdoor Program --- Tour the woodland restoration at the home of Susan Bong
Sue Bong remembers the beauty of the maple woods from her childhood. This has spurred she and her family to restore the family’s woodland in Elkhorn. The woodland is about 20 acres - mostly old growth trees. The restoration has been ongoing for about ten years and many wildflowers have re-established themselves in the process. They have removed invasives and replanted some areas with native plants. Paths are well established and the walk will be about a mile and a half.
Jun 08, 2013 (Sat)
Outdoor Program ---Tour of the prairie garden funded by Wild Ones and the savanna restoration at
Timber-lee Christian Camp
Visit Camp Timber-lee to see their restoration efforts to bring back oak savannahs and prairies, see their tools for prescribed burning, and enjoy the Kettle Moraine beauty in late spring! We will also see the prairie garden funded by a grant from the Wild Ones “Seeds for Education” Program. Emily Stahl, Director of the Science Center, will lead the tour. Emily has developed a Land Management plan for Timber-lee’s land and uses prescribed burns to manage the property. Meet by the main office/parking lot at 1p.m. for a 1 ½ hour tour and time for questions. The land is hilly, so be prepared to hike paths and traverse a good span of land.
Jul 13, 2013 (Sat)
Outdoor Program ---Tour of 2 naturally-landscaped homes & library in Hartland
Vicki Piaskowski and Larry Hopwood’s 1.5-acre property had an existing prairie, small pond and small woodland when they purchased it in 2010. To make the land more bird-friendly, in 2011, they had the backyard landscaped with diverse types of native plants that benefit birds.
Long-time Wild One Mandy Ploch moved to her 1/4-acre subdivision site nine years ago. The 15-year-old home offered a blank slate of mundane plants in river rock "mulch". Now it's totally transformed into a private oasis of mostly native plants.
When the charming Town Hall Library expanded, landscape designer Mandy Ploch volunteered her services for the landscape master plan utilizing mainly native plants. The local high school ecology club planned and planted two rain gardens and the property is a certified Master Gardener project site.
Aug 10, 2013 (Sat)
Outdoor Program ---Tour of Prairie Village in Whitewater
Chris Kaplan of Tallgrass Restoration will lead this tour of the native landscaping designed and implemented by his company at Prairie Village, a retirement community in Whitewater. The aim was to have a retirement community that surrounds residents with the natural beauty of native landscapes. Prairie Village received the 2009 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Chicago Wilderness Conservation and Native Landscaping Award. The awards recognize the excellent work performed in restoring prairie, wetlands, ponds and oak forest.
Sep 14, 2013 (Sat)
Outdoor Program ---Tour of pond, hummingbird garden & woodland restoration at the home of Anne Moretti.
Anne credits the naturalists at Retzer, and a talk by Lorrie Otto, for putting her on the path to restoring the family’s 3 acres of land in the South Kettle Moraine. She and her husband have removed most of the invasives, resulting in native flora emerging. Fifteen years ago, they added a water feature in order to attract birds to our otherwise dry woods, which thus far, has attracted 77 species of birds, including migrating warblers, thrushes, tanagers and orioles that might otherwise fly over. The sunny front yard is a haven for pollinators and hummingbirds.
Oct 12, 2013 (Sat)
Outdoor Program ---Tour of wetlands, prairies & savannas at the home of Ron & Marti Martin
The Martin’s 5.5 acre property has a gently rolling terrain of wetlands, sand prairie,
mesic prairie, savanna communities, along with rain gardens and shelter belts. Their goal in restoring and managing their property is to provide for a high diversity of plants and animals, while greatly reducing the need for repetitive tasks of mowing, trimming, weeding and mulching. Structures for attracting wildlife include nest boxes, wildlife cribs, fox dens, and snake hibernacula. Ron Martin is owner of Midwest Prairies LLC.
Nov 09, 2013 (Sat)
Rainwater: Catch it Where it Falls and Slow the Flow by Mike Marek
From green rooftops and permeable driveways, rain barrels and rainwater harvesting systems, through bio-swales and rain gardens to the stream banks and shorelines, there's a way to mimic what nature always did well. Mike is the vice-president of Marek Landscaping, LLC, a Milwaukee based ecological restoration firm.
Dec 14, 2013 (Sat)
No program. Happy Holidays
Watch this space for future events.
Wisconsin DNR - Native Plant Nurseries and Restoration Consultants in Wisconsin WebsiteNative Plant Nurseries: Applied Ecological Services, Inc./Taylor Creek Nursery – has prairie, woodland and wetland plants for use in restoration projects. They do ecological research and consulting, site design preparation, planting and management--including prescribed burns. Contact: Steve Apfelbaum, 17921 Smith Road, PO Box 256, Brodhead, WI 53520. (608) 897-8641. Fax: (608) 897-8486. Email WebSite Bluestem Farm Native Plants – S5920 Lehman Road, Baraboo, WI. 53913; Phone: 608-356-0179. Visit by appointment. Also at Madison’s Dane County Farmer’s Market. Murn Environmental, Inc. – is a source of native wetland and prairie seeds and plant stock. They also provide native landscaping, design and installation, and wetland delineation and assessment services. Contact: Tom Murn, 10045 W. State Rd, Beloit, WI 53511. (608) 728-1101. Email Prairie Seed Source – sells local southeast Wisconsin seed of more than 150 prairie and savanna species, including mixes suited to the soil moisture regime of your project. They can also give slide presentations and provide design and consultation services. Contact: Robert Ahrenhoerster, PO Box 83, North Lake, WI 53064-0083. (262) 673-7166. WebSite Reeseville Ridge Nursery – deals mainly with native trees and shrubs. Also specializes in custom propagation of woody plants. Contact: Darrell J. Kromm, PO Box 171, 309 South Main Street, Reeseville, WI 53579. (920) 927-3291. Retzer Nature Center – supplies native prairie, woodland and wetland plants and seeds for sites within 50 miles of Waukesha County. They specialize in prairie mixes and can provide technical assistance on restoration projects. Contact: Jerry Schwarzmeier, W284 S1530 Road DT, Waukesha, WI 53188. (262) 521-5407. Website The following are a little further in distance, so plant stock may not be as local: J.F. New & Associates – carries hundreds of varieties of prairie flowers, grasses, wetland flowers and seed. They also carry bare-root trees, wild shrubs and provide custom seed mixes upon request. Verona, Wisconsin, (608) 848-1789. Johnson's Nursery Inc. – are growers of a wide selection of balled and burlapped landscape plants. Their diverse selection includes many native trees, shrubs, and vines. Contact: Bill Reichenbach, W180 N6275, Marcy Road, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051. (262) 252-4988. Fax: (262) 252-4495. Monches Farm – Prairie Plants, Ferns; 5690 Monches Rd., Town of Erin; WebSite (ad in WOJ) Northern Sunset Perennials – Nursery-grown native plants of the Midwest at garden centers in SE WI., Central WI. and N. Ill. WebSite Advertised in WOJ Consultants in Southeast Wisconsin: Midwest Prairies LLC, Milton WI. “Healing the land since 1993” Brush removal, weed control, native seeding, prescribed burning. Email Website 608-868-3169 Tallgrass Restoration, LTC – Milton, WI. (608) 531-1768. Lake Shore Cleaners – 4615 N. Richmond St., Appleton, WI. Phone: 920-749-7807; specializing in natural landscaping using native species; consulting, design, installation, maintenance. (Ad in WOJ) Landmark Landscape – W3923 County Rd O, Sheboygan Falls, WI. 53085 (920-467-6442); in WOJ; Design, Maintenance, Installation, Consulting
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