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We meet the 2nd Saturday of each month.
Our 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.
The November - April (excluding December) meetings are indoors at the following time and location: WHEN: 10:00 am, 2nd Saturdays, WHERE: South Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters, at S91W39091 Highway 59, one mile west of Eagle, WI.
Other Events In SE Wisconsin
Jan 09, 2016 (Sat)
January. 9: Ignored Ecology
There are the common natives, and then there are the uncommon natives, and THEN there are the natives almost no one knows at all! This presentation focuses on obscure, rare or underused Wisconsin native plants (and even a few critters!) and how you might be able to incorporate them into your landscape or wild area, or at the very least familiarize yourself with their existence. Ben French, Propagator at Johnson’s Nursery, will present this program.
Feb 13, 2016 (Sat)
February. 13: Propagating Plants by Divisions, Cuttings, and Grafts
Darrel Kromm of Reeseville Ridge Nursery will discuss and demonstrate various methods of propagation both with pictures and live projects, including methods useful to a home and landowner to increase their favorite plants. Learn how to process cuttings, divide some plants, and practice grafting on a pine or spruce.
Mar 12, 2016 (Sat)
March 12: Conservation and Restoration in the Southern Kettle Moraine
Dan Carter, Principal Specialist-Biologist at SEWRPC will discuss the diversity of natural community types in the southern Kettle Moraine. This will include discussion of the historical landscape, how it has changed, and efforts to restore it. His presentation will also discuss how people can use their properties to bolster the ecological integrity of the broader landscape, whether it be by restoring or reconstructing a native plant community or landscaping with native plants.
Apr 09, 2016 (Sat)
April 9: What You Can Do For Pollinators: Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Garden Habitat
--- Alert --- program location has been changed to the Mukwonago Library.
Learn about the types of native pollinators that visit our gardens and how we can foster all parts of their life cycles, including providing food, water and nesting habitat. The top native plant species for pollinators will also be discussed. Presented by Heather Holm, author of Pollinators of Native Plants, Attract, Observe & Identify Pollinators & Beneficial Insects with Native Plants (2014, Pollinator Press, Minnetonka)
May 14, 2016 (Sat)
May 14: Field trip to Paintbrush Prairie in South Kettle Moraine State Forest
Enjoy the beautiful spring flora display in this wet-mesic prairie, including Lady’s Slipper Orchids, Shooting Stars, Puccoon, Wood Betony, Yellow Star-grass, Prairie Blue-eyed Grass, Golden Alexander, Ragwort and Yellow Paintbrush, guided by staff from the South Kettle Moraine State Forest.
Jun 11, 2016 (Sat)
June 11: Tour of the property of Steve Shearer & Judi Heinz in Eagle and the adjacent Eagle Centre Prairie
The Eagle Centre Prairie is a state natural area, featuring a remnant prairie and bur oak savanna. Steve and Judi are restoring their property, adjacent to the Eagle Centre Prairie, with the help of Chris Mann of Kettle Moraine Land Stewards. The highlight of the day will be the beautiful displays of Wild Lupine. This tour will be co-led by Chris Mann & Chapter President, Mariette Nowak.
Jul 09, 2016 (Sat)
July 9: Tour of Mike and Elaine Khan’s property
The Khans’ will give a tour of their yard and the ongoing discovery of a remnant prairie on the hillside behind their home. Mike says this restoration is the manifestation of the education, guidance and encouragement given by Mariette Nowak and the continued support from fellow members of the Wild Ones. The most stunning thing about their property is that the prairie and native plants were always there, just hidden by invasives, and that all the neighbors have joined in this effort. It is very encouraging and the Khans’ will be proud to show it off
Aug 13, 2016 (Sat)
August 13: Tour the property of Paul Francis on Lulu Lake.
The restoration of prairie and savanna on the Francis property has been a labor of love for 42 years. The work has been closely coordinated with The Nature Conservancy, which manages the nearby Lulu Lake Preserve. Bird and frog surveys have been conducted regularly on the site. Chris Mann of Kettle Moraine Land Stewards, who helps manage the property, and Chapter President Mariette Nowak will co-lead this tour. Paul has invited Wild Ones members to enjoy a bag lunch and boating on the premises after the tour. A few kayaks and a canoe are available or bring your own.
Sep 10, 2016 (Sat)
September 10: Tour of the property of Jack and Marcia Boeing in East Troy.
The 170-acre property is part of the Pickerel Lake fen and has many diverse areas. Restoration of the natural prairie and savannah habitat has been a multi-year effort. Rare plant and water species abound. The featured species will be the beautiful Fringed Gentian. Time permitting, we will also visit to the Scuppernong Nature Trail to see Gentians along the marl ponds. This tour will be co-led by Chris Mann of Kettle Moraine Land Stewards, who helps manage the property, and Chapter President Mariette Nowak.
Oct 08, 2016 (Sat)
October 8: Tour of the property of Tom and Terri Sorensen in Eagle.
The Sorensen property once was a woodland with some shade-loving native herbaceous plants that were originally on site, plus others they had planted. They also had more traditional types of gardens planted both for enjoyment and to cope with their hilly property. After the Eagle tornado of 2010, very few trees remained and their once- shady yard was now sunny. As they repaired the damage, the Sorensen’s planted many trees to regain some shade for the future, but also started working with their new sunny environment. To do so, they applied what they learned about landscaping with native plants from Mariette’s book, Birdscaping in the Midwest and from Prairie Nursery, Retzer Nature Center, and assorted other resources.
Nov 12, 2016 (Sat)
November 12: The Scoop on Nativars, Cultivars of Native Plants
What is a nativar and what makes it different than a true native plant? How do nativars affect genetic diversity? What about other concerns regarding nativars such as affects on pollinators and other wildlife, invasiveness potential, response to climate change, maintenance costs, and the potential to increase allergies? These and other questions will be discussed in this talk, as well as relevant research that has begun to investigate these concerns. Mariette Nowak, who was the co-chair of the Wild Ones committee on nativars, will present this program.There are the common natives, and then there are the uncommon natives, and THEN there are the natives almost no one knows at all! This presentation focuses on obscure, rare or underused Wisconsin native plants (and even a few critters!) and how you might be able to incorporate them into your landscape or wild area, or at the very least familiarize yourself with their existence. Ben French, Propagator at Johnson’s Nursery, will present this program.
Dec 10, 2016 (Sat)
December: No program. Happy Holidays
Other Events in Southeast Wisconsin
Watch this space for future events.
Native Plant Resources in Southeast Wisconsin
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