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July 2024

Jul
24

July 24th Member-to-Member Yard Tour Members Only

Wednesday, July 24th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)

Members Only Family Friendly Home Garden Tour

The goal of Member-to-Member garden visits (aka Show Me-Tell Me), is to allow members to share experiences, ideas, and challenges with maintaining native plants in our landscapes. The location of the member hosting these visits will be shared privately with the A2WO members and invited guests.

Jul
27

July 27th John Blair Joint Three-Chapter property visit Members Only

Saturday, July 27th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Brooklyn, MI

Members Only Family Friendly Free Event Home Garden Tour

This joint tour is planned with NOWO and WOWC chapters. In addition to John's beautiful butterfly/pollinator garden, using native and non-native plants, John has worked with USFW to restore a prairie on a large portion of this once agricultural property.

August 2024

Aug
14

Susan Beecher Educational Tour - "Revising the Native Plant Garden" Members Only

Wednesday, August 14th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Chelsea, Mi.

Members Only Family Friendly Home Garden Tour

Last year I started working on last year was revising a number of my gardens.  I could talk and show how native plant gardens can come to need revisions, like when one species gets too aggressive or some  aren't happy where they were and flop or need a different environment (like more or less sun), or you just don't like the look.  I have 5 different gardens that I will be revising.  Some I removed a bunch of plants last year and will be adding new ones this. Some I completely revised and etc.  Some members may recall my sharing a bunch of my "removals" last year.

Aug
22

"Combating the Biodiversity Crisis with Native Plants" with Sarah Gray & Coralie Palmer

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, August 22nd, 2024
to (Central Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Program/Speaker Presentation

Explore how native plants can enhance biodiversity and support ecosystems in our upcoming Wild Ones national webinar, “Combating the Biodiversity Crisis with Native Plants” featuring Sarah Gray and Coralie Palmer from the Indiana Native Plant Society.

Native plants are essential for maintaining biodiversity as they provide food and shelter for a wide range of wildlife, including pollinators, birds, and beneficial insects. By incorporating native plants into your landscape, you can create a thriving ecosystem that supports local fauna and flora. These plants are well-adapted to local environmental conditions, making them more resilient to climate change and reducing the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Attendees will learn how native plants can improve soil health, enhance water retention, and contribute to a more sustainable and vibrant ecosystem.

Sara and Coralie are part of the Indiana Native Plant Society (INPS) Landscaping team, and they have collaborated on diverse projects across Indiana, including native planting schemes for schools, community gardens, the Eiteljorg Museum, and the Humane Society. Their new design for Indianapolis reflects typical sub-divisions in Indiana and considers future climate challenges, such as increased flooding and hotter, drier summers. The design features resilient, native Indiana plants that thrive in local soil conditions and contribute to the ecosystem.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights from leading experts in native plants! Participants will gain practical insights into native garden designs and learn how tailored landscaping can support wildlife, promote ecological balance, and help restore natural habitats. 

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Aug
24

Joint Wild Ones Oudolf Garden - Detroit August Tour Members Only

Hosted by Wild Ones Ann Arbor and Wayne County Michigan Chapters
Saturday, August 24th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Belle Isle, Oudolf Garden - Detroit, Detroit, MI, 48207 Map

Members Only Family Friendly Free Event Group Tour Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Lots of Physical Activity Drinking Fountains

Meredith Simpson, a volunteer with Oudolf Garden Detroit has very graciously agreed to lead Wild Ones chapters, Wayne County, North Oakland, and Ann Arbor on a tour of Ouldolf Garden Detroit.

The Ouldolf Garden project started back in 2015 as new idea by the Garden Club of Michigan, in an effort to create a significant impact in the city. Garden club members Maura Campbell, Jean Hudson and Richard Thomas then sent a “love letter from Detroit” to Piet Oudolf, and he ultimately accepted the commission. Fundraising began immediately, and fast forward several years…the Belle Isle garden was designed, installed and planted by the fall of 2020. This year, 2024, will be the forth full growing season for Oudolf Garden Detroit.

Aug
24

Oudolf Garden Walk - Members Only Members Only

Hosted by Wild Ones Ann Arbor, North Oakland and Wayne County Michigan Chapters
Saturday, August 24th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Belle Isle Oudolf Garden

Members Only

This is a Wild Ones Member Only - FREE private tour of the Oudolf Garden. Please arrive early. Parking is limited so please carpool. The walk will occur Rain or Shine, so please come prepared for the weather, including sunscreen/bug spray.

NOTE: You will need a State Recreation Pass for the visit to Belle Isle, this can be obtained at the entrance kiosk - Oudolf garden is included in the pass

Meredith Simpson, a volunteer with Oudolf Garden Detroit has very graciously agreed to lead Wild Ones chapters, Wayne County, North Oakland, and Ann Arbor on a tour of Ouldolf Garden Detroit.

The Ouldolf Garden project started back in 2015 as new idea by the Garden Club of Michigan, in an effort to create a significant impact in the city. Garden club members Maura Campbell, Jean Hudson and Richard Thomas then sent a “love letter from Detroit” to Piet Oudolf, and he ultimately accepted the commission. Fundraising began immediately, and fast forward several years…the Belle Isle garden was designed, installed and planted by the fall of 2020. This year, 2024, will be the fourth full growing season for Oudolf Garden Detroit.

All 3 local Wild Ones Chapters are hosting this event jointly - North Oakland, Ann Arbor, & Wayne County please contact your local chapter for carpool info

Aug
24

Rain Garden Aquatic Planting Volunteer Day at Dolph Park

Saturday, August 24th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Dolph Park Dolph Nature Area, 375 Parklake Ave, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Garden Installation/Maintenance Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

Catie Wytychak and Rachel Leanor of our A2WO chapter partner, Community Partners for Clean Streams (CPCS) of the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commission, will guide us and other volunteers in adding native plants to a significant bioswale in Dolph Park. We will plant along the shoreline and within the bottom of the swale using a clever new method for installing aquatic plants. We will use a small biodegradable sack with a rock in the bottom to wrap the roots of each plant, and then drop the plant, with the rock, into the water. Unsurprisingly, the rock sinks the sack and the sack brings the roots with it to the river bottom, where it will take root. Wear your sturdy boots or tall rubber boots if you have those. If you don’t, you will be able to plant by standing on the shore. All other materials will be provided. 

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for this volunteer activity.

MEETING POINT Dolph Bioswale, near the intersection of Parklake Ave and Lakeview Dr (off Jackson Rd), Ann Arbor 

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Aug
28

August 28th Member-to-Member Yard Tour Members Only

Wednesday, August 28th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)

Members Only Family Friendly Home Garden Tour

The goal of Member-to-Member garden visits (aka Show Me-Tell Me), is to allow members to share experiences, ideas, and challenges with maintaining native plants in our landscapes. The location of the member hosting these visits will be shared privately with the A2WO members and invited guests.

September 2024

Sep
19

"The Beauty and Benefits of Hedgerows" with Heather McCargo

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, September 19th, 2024
to (Central Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Explore the ecological and aesthetic advantages of hedges and hedgerows in our upcoming Wild Ones national webinar, “The Beauty and Benefits of Hedgerows” with Heather McCargo, founder of Wild Seed Project.

Native hedgerows are diverse plantings of woody plants from shrubs to small trees along with herbaceous groundcovers at their base.  Learn how these low-maintenance and sustainable plantings of shrubs, trees, and groundcovers can enhance biodiversity, provide critical habitats for wildlife, and contribute to climate resilience. Discover practical tips for designing and implementing hedgerows in various landscapes, from farms to urban settings, and understand their role in supporting pollinators, birds, and soil health. 

 You will also learn about Heather McCargo and the Wild Seed Project's latest collaboration with Wild Ones on the new Native Garden Design for Portland, ME. Don't miss this opportunity to gain insights from a leading expert in native plant restoration and take your landscaping skills to the next level. 

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Sep
22

September 22nd Member-to-Member Yard Tour Members Only

Sunday, September 22nd, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Howell, MI, Howell, MI Map

Members Only Family Friendly Home Garden Tour

The goal of Member-to-Member garden visits (aka Show Me-Tell Me), is to allow members to share experiences, ideas, and challenges with maintaining native plants in our landscapes. The location of the member hosting these visits will be shared privately with the A2WO members and invited guests.

October 2024

Oct
24

"Matrix Landscape Design" with Benjamin Vogt

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, October 24th, 2024
to (Central Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Learn how to use high-density plantings that replicate natural ecosystems in aesthetically pleasing designs, enhancing ecological functions while reducing maintenance efforts in our upcoming Wild One’s national webinar, “Matrix Landscape Design” with author, landscape designer, activist, and educator Benjamin Vogt.

Matrix planting is a landscape design approach that mimics natural ecosystems by closely planting and layering compatible perennials and grasses to cover the soil, provide more ecosystem services, and eliminate the need for wood mulch or aggressive weeding.  Join Wild Ones for a webinar to learn how author, educator, and landscape designer Benjamin Vogt applies this approach to create stunning native gardens. Learn the principles behind this method, its ecological benefits, and practical steps to implement matrix planting in your own garden. 

You will also learn about Benjamin’s latest collaboration with Wild Ones on the new Native Garden Design for Lincoln, NE. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights from a leading voice in natural garden design and take your gardening skills to the next level. Register now to secure your spot! 

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January 2025

Jan
23

"San Diego, CA Native Garden Design" with Jeanine Sharkey

Hosted by Wild Ones San Diego Chapters
Thursday, January 23rd, 2025
to (Central Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Learn about the Wild Ones San Diego Chapter's newest demonstration garden funded in part by Monarch Joint Venture and U.S. Forest Service International Programs. You'll also hear from landscape designer Jeanine Sharkey about this newest San Diego native garden design. 

More details and registration coming soon. 

February 2025

Feb
27

"Albany, NY Native Garden Design" with Kate Brittenham

Hosted by Wild Ones Capital Region NY Chapters
Thursday, February 27th, 2025
to (Central Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Learn about the Wild Ones Capital Region NY Chapter's newest demonstration garden, funded partly by Monarch Joint Venture and U.S. Forest Service International Programs. You'll also hear from landscape designer Kate Brittenham about this newest Albany NY native garden design. 

More details and registration coming soon

September 2025

Sep
18

September Wild Ones National Webinar

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, September 18th, 2025
to (Central Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Details coming soon! 

October 2025

Oct
16

October Wild Ones National Webinar

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, October 16th, 2025
to (Central Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Details coming soon! 

November 2025

Nov
20

November Wild Ones National Webinar

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, November 20th, 2025
to (Central Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Details coming soon!