Lena Song Receives Wild Ones Environmental Sponsorship Award

Posted by & filed under Education, National News.

Please join us in congratulating Lena Song, a student at Oakton High School, Vienna, Virginia, as the recipient of the 2021 One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest “Wild Ones Environmental Sponsorship Award” for her stop motion film “A Home For Us All!”

Lena’s use of origami, stop motion, and her conceptual design are technically brilliant and artistically gorgeous! Equally important, her film’s story and message are positive, crystal clear and spot-on with Wild Ones mission to promote the use of native plants in residential, government, and commercial landscapes.

Wild Ones is so very proud to present this award to Lena for her deserving film! The award includes a $400 prize. Only 10 prizes were awarded for this year’s contest.

Learn more about the One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest here.

Meet the designers who created our Minneapolis and St. Louis native garden designs!

Posted by & filed under Education, National News.

Wild Ones recently introduced seven beautiful, professional, ecoregion specific, free, native garden designs including for the regions of Minneapolis and St. Louis at nativegardendesigns.wildones.org.

We want to share with you how the designers of the Minneapolis plan (Carmen Simonet) and St. Louis plan (Susie Van de Riet) each approached this project and invite you to join us for a free online “Meet the Designers” event on Wednesday, April 7th, 6-7p.m. CDT / 7-9 p.m. EST.

If you need support in your first native garden effort, become a Wild Ones member and connect with a local chapter near you!

Meet the Milwaukee and Toledo Native Garden Designers

Posted by & filed under Education, National News.

Wild Ones recently introduced seven beautiful, professional, ecoregion specific, free, native garden designs including for the regions of Milwaukee and Toledo at nativegardendesigns.wildones.org.

We want to share with you how the designers of the Milwaukee plan (Danielle Bell) and Toledo plan (Susan Hall)* each approached this project. We invite you to join us for a free online “Meet the Designers” event on Tuesday, March 9th 5-6 p.m CST / 6-7 p.m. EST.

A Zoom link for this event will be emailed to registrants in the days leading up to the event.

Registrants are welcome to submit their most imminent question ahead of time for the designers to answer by Thursday, March 4th to [email protected].

Both plans feature nearly 50 native species and were created with the premise that using native plants in landscaping can be beautiful and achievable for gardeners of all skillsets in terms of scope and budget as well as promote wildlife.

The designs also allow gardeners to take an incremental approach in developing their plan, adding new areas and native species as time and funds permit.

*The Toledo design was created in collaboration between Denise Gehring and Susan Hall.

Wild Ones Introduces Free, Native Garden Designs

Posted by & filed under Education, National News.

Wild Ones Natural Landscapers, Ltd., is proud to introduce seven professionally-designed, native garden plans free for the public to use specific to the ecoregions of Chattanooga, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Tallahassee and Toledo. An eighth design for Boston is coming soon. The designs can be downloaded from Wild Ones’ newly launched nativegardendesigns.wildones.org website.

Each garden design includes a variety of beautiful, region-specific native plants which can be downloaded and easily printed for quick reference while selecting plants at a local nursery. The nativegardendesigns.wildones.org website also features a list of nationwide nurseries that are great sources for obtaining native plants.

The designs were created with the premise that using native plants in landscaping can be beautiful, promote wildlife, and be achievable for gardeners of all skillsets in terms of scope and budget. 

While each designer approached their ecoregion specific design differently because all gardens are unique works of art, all of the designers followed a set of guidelines determined by Wild Ones to be important goals/considerations for any native garden.

The guidelines specified
• inclusion of at least 15 or more native plant species
• encouraging the use of multiples of plants rather than “specimen” plantings to be consistent with building attractive pollinator gardens per Xerces and other science-based pollinator advocates.
• favoring species with long and staggered bloom times to enhance the ornamental nature of the gardens and provide pollen and nectar through the season.
• inclusion of considerations concerning soil (type/texture, pH, etc.), and other conditions (moisture, sunlight) typical for the specific ecoregion)
• inclusion of an incremental approach in developing their plan, adding new areas and native plant species as time and funds permit.

In addition to the native garden designs, Wild Ones also recently published a “Native Garden Design Guide” both in print and in digital format full of useful planting information to help first time native gardeners in any region of the country get started.

Wild Ones Honorary Director Doug Tallamy, author of “Nature’s Best Hope” shares that one of the big mistakes in our approach to conservation is the idea that “nature” is something set aside in preserves and parks, something separate from our daily lives that we go to visit. He stresses that “we can no longer leave conservation to the conservationists.” Native plant gardens in our own backyards are our best hope for saving our environment.

The garden designs, nativegardendesigns.wildones.org website and the Native Garden Design guide were supported by a grant from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust.  

Wild Ones Executive Director Jen Ainsworth explained, “We hope these resources inspire, encourage and motivate individuals throughout the United States in their native garden journeys. Native gardening not only provides beauty and respite in our personal spaces but is a critical part of restoring natural landscapes and wildlife habitats.”

Images are of the Toledo native garden design.

Home Gardeners & Educator NDAL Webinars

Posted by & filed under Education.

Wild Ones is sponsoring a series of ten Home Gardeners & Educators webinars in conjunction with New Directions in American Landscape (NDAL). There are two FREE webinars! And, Wild Ones members will receive a discounted price on two webinars. Members will pay $28 instead of $38!

This virtual series features interviews where Larry Weaner, founder of NDAL, compares notes with iconic practitioners Piet Oudolf, Gerould Wilhelm, Charles Birnbaum, and Darrel Morrison. This is a great opportunity to learn about ecologically sound landscaping right from your own home!

Two FREE webinars and two discounted webinars from $38 to $28 for Wild Ones members only! To receive the discount use code: member20.

To learn more about the webinars please view this document: https://ndal.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/2021_NDAL-Winter-Home-Gardener-Programs-Brochure_final-2.pdf.

To register online, visit: https://learning.ndal.org/collections.

Please note that, while very worth attending, the discount does not apply to the Prairie-side chats.